SPORTY hospice staff are encouraging people to go the extra mile and help them care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

They have launched the ‘Active for Ardgowan’ appeal — inviting people to sign up to an activity to raise sponsorship for nursing and other services.

Staff at the facility are already leading by example by planning their own sporting challenges.

Chris Morton, who is the digital communications assistant at the hospice, said: "We are encouraging people to step into the new year and make a change in their lives for Ardgowan Hospice.

"People can take part in events such as the Kiltwalk or the Great Scottish Run.

"We're planning on doing something too.

"Last year we took part in Rough Runner, so we want to encourage people to follow in our footsteps and make a difference."

Paul Maxwell, who works in the marketing and communications department in the hospice, added: "This is about getting people active and at the same time help the hospice."

Raymond Bain, the maintenance manager at Ardgowan, is planing to take on a tough kayak trip.

He said: "I might be doing the Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute - it's an 18 mile kayak.

"I think some others might cycle it too."

*Anyone who is interested in getting involved in Active for Ardgowan this year should visit or phone 726830.