Media Release: St Vincent’s Hospice awarded £7,200 – by Crerar Hotels Trust and The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund 

  •  Grant used to purchase a new electric bed and mattress
  • Crerar Hotels uniquely makes up to 50 per cent of distributable profits available to good causes
  • Crerar Hotels Trust has now made over £7m in grants over the last 16 years
  • The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund is available to charities and organisations within the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas

THE Crerar Hotels Trust today 28th February 2017 has announced that it has awarded a grant of £3,600 to the charity, St Vincent’s Hospice.

This is on top of £3,600 already awarded by The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund.

Begins a St Vincent’s Hospice spokesperson: “Sometimes, patients can be quite anxious when they are admitted to the hospice and we need to ensure that they can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

“Specialist mattresses help with the prevention of bed sores and offer the best comfort possible.

“We have electric beds which help with patients’ complex healthcare needs, as they are designed to provide safe patient mobilisation, which is crucial for many.

“St Vincent’s Hospice has used the funding to renew one of their eight electric beds and mattress, which, at eight-to-ten years-old, had become worn and difficult to keep operational.”

Brigitte Main, ward manager, added: “The new bed and mattress is a huge improvement to the comfort and care of our patients.

“The lady who is currently using the bed told me she is sleeping like a princess and having access herself to the remote control makes it so easy to get in and out of bed. Thank you.”


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St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood, Renfrewshire

St Vincent’s Hospice offers specialist care for those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

Their services include an eight-bed in-patient unit, ‘day hospice’ care and specialist home visits.

The teams work together to support the physical, psychological and emotional needs of local patients and their loved ones. The aim of the hospice to is provide the highest standards of care whilst working with compassion and a deep respect for life.

St Vincent’s Hospice has been providing care for the community of Renfrewshire since 1987 and we are now in our 30th year of providing hospice care.

The services remain available to all, totally free of charge, thanks to the generosity of local communities; it costs £6,000 per day to run the hospice and community services, half of which comes from voluntary donations.

St Vincent’s Hospice wishes to thank its supporters for their committed and generous support which allows the hospice to continue caring for everyone in the local area.

The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund is available to charities and organisations within the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas.

The committee is made up of 14 individuals including trustees of The Trades House of Glasgow.

Meetings of the Commonweal Fund committee take place in March and September each year.

Awards are made to successful organisations at a presentation evening within The Trades Hall of Glasgow.

Crerar Hotels

Crerar Hotel Group (CHG) was formed in 2005; with Paddy Crerar as chief executive, who has previously developed a chain of 32 hotels and successfully led a group sale in 2005 at the peak of the hotel market.

In addition to Crerar Hotels, the group also operates Crerar Management – a consultancy that specialises in hotel asset recovery – and, an UK-based hotel room sales agent, marketing more than 400 independent and chain hotels.

A full list of grants issued following November 2016’s round of funding applications will be available on

What makes CHG different?

Crerar Hotels is privately-owned by the Crerar family and its charitable trust is chaired by Paddy Crerar.

The trust is tasked with gifting up to half of the company’s distributable profits annually to good causes that have links to where Crerar Hotels have hotels or interests. The trust has donated over £7 million over the past 16 years, to over 400 organisations.

Crerar Hotels operate 14 hotels and inns across the UK, of which 13 are based in Scotland.

The trust’s donations form part of a commitment to re-invest in the communities in which the group’s hotels and inns are based.

Crerar Hotels Trust meets twice a year to award grants, with application periods closing on 1 April and 1 October, respectively. In this current funding round, £315,652.06 of grants were awarded to 39 projects.

A wide variety of organisations received awards, including those providing support across health, education, and social inclusion to people of all ages.

Paddy Crerar, chair, Crerar Hotels Trust, and chief executive of Crerar Hotels, comments: “We are delighted to have made this award to St Vincent’s Hospice and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact their work.

“Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach.

“For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others, who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout Scotland and Yorkshire.”

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St Vincent’s Hospice contact details…

Contact: Katrina Vine
Phone: 01505705635