1 Dr Anne Gilmore, founder of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow ,was from Knightswood. At the age of 11 she won scholarships to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and she pursued a career as a music teacher before resitting her Highers at night school and entering medical school at the age of 27. She studiedat Glasgow University and pursued a career in geriatrics, and went on to become a consultant to the World Health Organisation, president of the British Society of Gerontology and president of the British Society of Thanatology.

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2 Dr Gilmore wanted to introduce a modern hospice for the people of Glasgow. Her vision was clear. Talking to the Evening Times in 1987, she said: “The aim at all times is to enhance the quality of life. The building itself is part of the therapy. We wanted to ... create a friendly informal environment where people could feel relaxed and comfortable in order to promote a certain ambience and joy.”

3 In 1980, a neighbour, after hearing Dr Gilmore’s thoughts on terminal care, suggested that she talk to his colleagues at Black and White Whisky. The women there were so impressed they gave a sum of £4000 they had raised for charity to her. A trust was set up and the hospice was born.

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4 Dr Gilmore organised international conferences on multi-disciplinary aspects of terminal care and never ceased to publicise and promote the hospice. For her efforts she was made Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year in 1992, given the Lord Provost’s Medal in 1993, and was awarded the OBE in 1995.

5 Dr Gilmore retrained as a GP, working in Maryhill. In 1995 she retired from the hospice and pursued another career as a psychotherapist. She died in 1998, aged 63 from cancer.