RADIO presenter Suzie McGuire says she’s ‘honoured’ to be the host of Ardgowan Hospice’s magnificent masquerade ball.

The DJ says it will be a privilege to act as compere during the stylish soiree on March 10 at Greenock Town Hall.

The former Clyde 1 presenter says she is looking forward to meeting guests at an event in aid of a great cause.

Suzie told the Tele: “I’m excited to be working with the hospice staff, who are a fabulous bunch of people.

“The hospice is a wonderful place.

“I have visited a couple of times and the staff, patients and volunteers are amazing.

“I’m really honoured and excited to help raise some much needed funds on the night.”

Suzie says she understands why the hospice is at the heart of the community in Inverclyde.

She added: “When I visited the hospice the last time, it left me with a lovely feeling.

“I think by its very nature, you expect a hospice to be quite a sad place.

“But I was struck by how friendly, happy and light-hearted it was, as the patients were joking with the staff.

“I left with a lovely, happy and warm feeling.

“I really do feel quite attached to the place.”

Suzie, who says she is returning to the airwaves soon, also has a place in her heart for Inverclyde.

She added: “I love visiting Greenock.

“I always get such a lovely welcome — it’s a fantastic place.”

Alex Mula, hospice events and fundraising co-ordinator, is delighted to have such a big name on board for the gala.

He said: “Suzie is a great addition to the ball and we’re really looking forward to having her bring a glamorous touch to the proceedings.

“This is our biggest annual fundraiser of the year.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible, as it costs £9,000 to run the hospice for just one day.

“Over 60 per cent of the hospice’s running costs are met through fundraising and donations.”

Guests at the ball, sponsored by Specsavers in Greenock, will enjoy the full red carpet treatment including a three course meal plus entertainment from The Bright Side and a magician, while there will be plenty of fun and games.

Although the ball is sold out, people can still get involved by donating prizes for the auction by emailing or phoning 558888.