By Bill Heaney

It was jingle bells all the way around West Dunbartonshire on Monday night.

The St Margaret of Scotland Hospice bus carrying Santa Claus and a host of hospice supporters pulled up in Dumbarton.

And with Christmas music playing in the background Santa’s elves went around the doors collecting for this much-loved local charity.

For the past 65 years, St Margaret’s has touched the lives of thousands of patients.

The Hospice, which is situated in colourful grounds in East Barns Street, Clydebank, has offered compassion, dedicated commitment and excellent care to thousands of patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses.

And also to older people with complex medical and nursing needs.

The Hospice offers a wide range of facilities to the local and wider community including Edwina Bradley Day Hospice, Out Patient Facilities, Community Palliative Care and Counselling Services.

Sister Rita Dawson, the chief executive, said: “We hope your time with us will be as near to being at home as possible. We try to create an atmosphere of warm, comfortable and pleasant surroundings.”

St Margaret’s is a charitable, non-profit making organisation.

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