The future of a Howwood hospice is looking bright after being awarded a five-figure funding boost.

St Vincent's Hospice has received a windfall of £92,632 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The charity will use its funding to help expand the community nursing team, supporting the hospice to recruit a new lead community nurse specialist and an initial contact nurse.

The expansion of the team will help ensure that people from Renfrewshire and the neighbouring communities of North Ayrshire with life-limiting illnesses can continue to receive vital care in their own homes.

Gillian Green, CEO at St Vincent's Hospice, said: "Everyone connected to the hospice is extremely grateful for this very generous support from The National Lottery Community Fund.

"We know the importance of making every moment matter for people living with a life-limiting illness, and the key role our nursing team play in making this happen.

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"This donation will help ensure more people across Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire can be cared for in the place that’s most important to them – their own home.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to National Lottery Community Fund for their donation, and to National Lottery players for helping make this happen."

Kate Still, Scotland chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, said: "National Lottery funding can make amazing things happen in local communities across the country. 

"This project delivered by St Vincent's Hospice is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved not only during the festive season, but all year round, when people come together for a common cause or to help others.

"National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is helping to support this vital work which is making a real difference to so many."

Further details of the work done by the Hospice and ways to support the charity are available at