ARDGOWAN Hospice is looking for help to make patients' wishes come true this Christmas.

Local people can now pop gifts in their basket while festive shopping online and make a big difference to the lives of those fighting cancer.

They hope supporters will follow in the footsteps of Greenock woman Suzanne Macdonald, used the Amazon wishlist scheme to help the hospice in memory of her mum Rita Murray.

She put some personal touches to her fundraising by buying little hearts used in therapy to help children who have lost loved ones.

Suzanne said: "It was lovely choosing what to buy from the list.

"I picked blankets for comfort, a bluetooth speaker to be used in complementary therapy and a torch for the maintenance department.

"I also picked hearts which the children can decorate.

"As a family we all benefited from the services the hospice provides.

"I was able to get support from the counselling service before and after from the hospice to help me cope.

"I want to keep giving back to the hospice, so I will continue to buy from the wishlist."

Suzanne and her family raised around £11,000 following the death of 53-year-old Rita last November.

The Tele recently told how Rita married her fiance Glenn in hospital only days before she passed away.

The family then held a celebration of her life in April at the Tontine Hotel on the date originally planned for their marriage and raised money for Ardgowan.

Hospice fundraiser Elaine McNeill paid tribute to the family for their support of the hospice.

She said: "We are so grateful for the fundraising that Rita’s family have chosen to do in her memory.

"Their bravery and courage in the last year has been humbling and we thank them for all that they have done and continue to do -we are overwhelmed by their generosity.

"It would be wonderful if people would think of us this Christmas while doing their online shopping.

"It is so easy to use."

The Ardgowan Hospice wishlist can be found at