Stars dig deep for hospice charity

Hollywood star Ewan McGregor and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri were today donning hard hats as building work on a new children’s hospice gets under way.

Hollywood star Ewan McGregor and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri were today donning hard hats as building work on a new children’s hospice gets under way.

The pair were swapping their celebrity lifestyles for a spot of construction work at the site of a new children’s hospice in Balloch, Dunbartonshire.

McGregor and Spiteri have strong links with the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and have helped raise cash for the new centre.

Today they were cutting the first turf at the site of the hospice and were being helped by six-year-old Robyn Waterson, who is suffering from the terminal illness Hurler’s syndrome.

Robyn, who uses Scotland’s first children’s hospice Rachel House, is the face of a £10 million appeal to build the new hospice.

Yesterday, McGregor and Spiteri launched a designer T-shirt aimed at raising cash for charity at the Pringle store in West London.

Money raised from the T-shirt sales will go to the CHAS and MediCinema – a charity which brings the benefits of a true cinema experience into hospitals.

Speaking yesterday about CHAS’ first hospice Rachel House in Kinross, Star Wars actor McGregor said: “Rachel House grabbed my heart many years ago when I went up to Scotland.

“Sharleen and I visit very often.”

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