Joyce is the star attraction at hospice annual ladies lunch

Over 300 ladies are looking forward to attending the Ayrshire Hospice Annual Ladies Lunch on Sunday 5th March, in the beautiful new ballroom at Trump Turnberry.

Tickets are still available, but selling fast! Versatile actress, performer and entertainer Joyce Falconer, is the highly acclaimed guest speaker who is proving to be a real pull!

Joyce, originally from Torry, Aberdeen has been in a variety of roles on the Scottish stage but is best known for her role of ‘Roisin’ in BBC Scotland’s soap “River City”. She also writes and performs her own material, poems and songs and has performed at numerous Burns Nights, home and abroad as well as at various speaker engagements.

Joyce has just finished a national tour playing Maw Broon in the first stage version of ‘The Broons’ and is a regular Panto baddie!

The event will take place a short three weeks before Mother’s Day making it the ideal gift to treat mothers this year.

Ayrshire Hospice Ladies Lunch Chairperson Margaret Cook and her daughter Eleanor Cook are doing just that and are already looking forward to treating themselves on the afternoon of 5th March.

Margaret Cook said: “I had a few friends who were looked after in the hospice and was so impressed by the care they received that I was glad to attend the Annual Lunch as a way of showing support to the hospice.

“I have been attending annual lunches for over 25 years and really enjoy meeting people who are also keen to support this caring facility which helps so many families in Ayrshire at a time when they need it most.”

Tickets are £40 which includes a two course lunch with a glass of wine. As tickets are selling really quickly you should reserve them as soon as possible. To reserve seats/table, please contact Lyn Bateman in the fundraising office on 01292 288488 or email

Hospice services are free and are available to patients over 16 years of age. The funding of these services does, however, require extensive, on-going fundraising and NHS support to exist. During 2015-16 it cost almost £7.4m to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support - equating to approximately £20,000 per day. Against this, £7.9m was raised with £4.8m being raised through voluntary donations including over £1 million in bequests and legacies left to the hospice by people in their Wills, closely followed by donations and gift aid as the next highest income stream of over £942,000. NHS Ayrshire & Arran provided partnership funding of over £2.7m.