Gardening leave with Ally McCoist

PACIFIC were proud to be in attendance as Ally McCoist opened the new community garden at St Vincent’s Hospice this week.

We made a financial contribution to the new feature as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations.

Over the past few months the rural landscape around the Hospice building in Howwood, Renfrewshire, has gradually been transformed into a beautiful garden which is now accessible to the whole community.

Charity chief executive Kate Lennon said: “We hope the whole community will enjoy the new garden and see it as a shared space which is accessible to anyone who wants to use it. Of course, the garden will also benefit all those who currently use the hospice; in time it will become an extension of the care and support that our patients and their families receive within the building itself.”

Construction of the Garden was very generously funded by various donations and was designed by students from SRUC College in Ayr.

Planting is already well under way, and local people have already dedicated a number of trees and shrubs in celebration of their loved ones.

The garden is large and there is still space to fill – as well as rabbit-proof fences to buy. If you would like to make a contribution toward the further development of the Garden, or to make a dedication of your own, call St Vincent’s Hospice on 01505 705635 or email  

Ally, who is on “gardening leave”, having parted from Rangers FC, where he was striker and manager, said: “I feel honoured to be asked to open the Garden today. The care provided by St Vincent’s Hospice touches the lives and hearts of so many local families – it is a privilege to be able to offer my support. I know this wonderful garden will become a much-loved place where the whole community can enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.”

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