My Paisley with… Ken Mathie of ACCORD Hospice

Friday 1st June, 2018

Ken Mathie has been a fundraiser  at ACCORD Hospice in Paisley for almost 17 years.

Here, he tells you what he loves about his hometown and what makes the area so special.


Tell us about yourself and what you do

I was born in the town and, apart from a couple of years working in Edinburgh I have lived in our community all of my life. After school I attended Paisley College of Technology before working as a Sales Manager, mostly in the wine trade for almost 20 years. I’ve been a fundraiser  at ACCORD for almost 17 years and am now in charge of Income Generation, primarily through making strategy decisions concerning our shops, lottery and fundraising events.

Outwith work I have an eclectic range of hobbies and interests including St Mirren, Glasgow Warriors, golf, curling, historical fiction and attending rock music concerts.

I have two daughters, one of whom has followed in my footsteps into fundraising. The other one has more sense and is a research scientist.


What makes Paisley/Renfrewshire a great place to visit/live/invest/study/work?

The people! – great sense of humour, generous, welcoming. There’s lots to see, lots to do and great opportunities, especially for businesses with a supportive Chamber and Council. There are huge learning opportunities for all with two major institutions, as well as being a great location with good transport links.

If someone was visiting here, where would you recommend them to go?

ACCORD’s charity shops! (lol)

Coat’s Observatory

Paisley Abbey

Weaver’s Cottage

Tannahill’s Cottage

Sma Shot Cottage



Trattoria Genova


When we say ‘Paisley is…’ how would you finish the sentence?

‘Patterned to be a great place’

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I've lived and worked around Paisley for the majority of my life and so it holds a special place for me - it'll always be a place I see as home. Paisley is unique with a great mix of people, places and events to enjoy throughout the year.

Gary Chittick