Glasgow gears up for games

Marie Curie Glasgow Hospice welcomes the the Queen’s Baton Relay
The Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow welcomes the Queen’s Baton Relay

by Murray Easton
Fundraising Manager 

Unless you’ve been sitting on an isolated rock in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean for the past 43 days (no seriously – well done Nick Hancock!) You’ll have noticed that Glasgow is getting VERY excited about the 20th Commonwealth Games which start today.

The patients, staff and volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow have been sharing in the excitement when we were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday. Since her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth in the baton on 9 October last year, it’s travelled through 70 nations, 190,000 kms in 288 days and it made a special stop when it was brought right up to our hospice reception.

Everyone came out to enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the historic event including nurse Suzanne Marshall who said, “It was fantastic for the hospice to be included in the Queen’s Baton Relay. Patients and their families and friends were pleased to be part of what is a special time for the City of Glasgow."

Hospice Chaplain Russell Jones said, “Everyone in Glasgow is excited about the Games and for the hospice to be part of the Games was a real honour. It was a joy to see the smile on patients faces.”

Our TVs in the hospice will be tuned to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony tonight and we hope that you’ll join us in raising a cheer to this festival of sport and culture.