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Stars start work at 10m hospice
Ewan McGregor and Sharleen Spiteri with Robyn Watterson
Robyn Watterson meets Ewan McGregor and Sharleen Spiteri
Ewan McGregor has told of his joy as he helped start the construction of Scotland's second children's hospice.

The actor was joined by Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri to cut the first turf on the site at Balloch, near Loch Lomond.

The pair are both regular visitors to Rachel House in Kinross, which opened in 1996 to provide care for terminally ill children.

The Children's Hospice Association of Scotland (Chas) is continuing to raise the 10m needed to build the second hospice in Dunbartonshire.

Crieff-born Mr McGregor, a father of two, said: "I'm delighted that work is beginning now on the second hospice because it's been a long time coming and it's just fantastic that we have got such a beautiful location.

Number of beds

"The new hospice will ease pressure on Rachel House.

"It's full there every night and there are only eight beds so Robin House will double the number of beds available."

Ms Spiteri, 35, gave birth to her first child, Misty Kyd, last year.

Ewan McGregor and Sharleen Spiteri
Work started on the new site on Wednesday
She said: "I had a gut feeling that this was something good and that I would love to help out with if I could.

"It's really satisfying getting this far and the people at the hospice do fantastic work and really help the families very, very much.

"The kids have so much spirit and are so strong it makes you feel a bit of a fake sometimes. But when you come out of the hospice you feel really positive."

Robyn Watterson, who suffers from the terminal illness Hurler's syndrome, also took part in the ceremony on Wednesday.

The five-year-old, who currently uses Rachel House, launched the 10m appeal to build the new hospice.

World record

Her father Gilbert said: "We know that Robyn has only a short life ahead of her but we are so proud that she has achieved so much and we are looking forward to the day when she cuts the ribbon and declares the new hospice open."

Chas has raised 7.3m towards its total so far.

The fund-raising efforts include a drive to set a new world record for the most rounds of golf completed on a course in a 24-hour period.

The event, which will take place at St Andrews Bay in Fife next month, has the backing of Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave.

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