“David was an inspiration to all those who met him: a tireless campaigner for his constituents; for the values of equality, opportunity and justice for all. I’m delighted to support the David Cairns Foundation in its ongoing efforts for those causes he believed in so passionately. I wish the foundation every success as it carries on the work of an outstanding individual who is missed by so many.” : Tony Blair
Ardgowan Hospice, based in Greenock, Inverclyde, was established in 1981 to enhance the lives of local people affected by cancer and other serious life limiting illnesses. The Hospice cares for more than 500 individuals each year living in Greenock, Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm, Gourock, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.
David first visited the Ardgowan as an MP in June 2007. Having volunteered in a Hospice while he was training for the priesthood in London, David had a long interest in their work. He subsequently supported Ardgowan, and the whole Hospice movement, in Parliament when they were seeking to get exemption from VAT.
Trustees of the Foundation and family presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock on the 18th February 2012. The donation will be put towards the family support expert who helps children deal with the grief of losing a loved one.
Also following our fundraising dinner in London, Michael Moore MP caused "delight as Secretary Of State accepts 'throwaway' invitation" to the Ardgowan Hospice.
Claire Ferrier, Jamie Glackin, Dorothy McElroy, Billy Cairns,
Dermot Kehoe, Joseph Harkins and Frankie Caldwell
outside the Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock.
The Ardgowan Hospice and STV made a special video for the Foundation about their work.
The cheque presentation was reported in the Greenock Telegraph.
Trustees: Dermot Kehoe, Siobhain McDonagh MP, Jamie Glackin, William Devine, Richard Angell, Tom Harris MP, Lord Waheed Alli, Jon Mendelsohn, Frankie Caldwell