ACTRESS Joyce Falconer will be guest speaker at the annual Ayrshire Hospice Ladies Lunch tonight (Sunday, March 5).

It is being held in the new ballroom at Trump Turnberry with more than 300 ladies attending.

River City star Falconer, originally from Torry, Aberdeen, has been in a variety of roles on the Scottish stage and also writes and performs her own material, poems and songs.

She has just finished a national tour playing Maw Broon in the first stage version of The Broons.

Ayrshire Hospice Ladies Lunch chairperson Margaret Cook said: “I had a few friends who were looked after in the hospice and was so impressed by the care they received that I was glad to attend the annual lunch as a way of showing support to the hospice.

“I have been attending annual lunches for over 25 years and really enjoy meeting people who are also keen to support this caring facility which helps so many families in Ayrshire at a time when they need it most.

“I then joined the monthly Lunch Club as soon as I retired. During that time, and particularly in the last eight years as chairperson, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of members in spontaneous donations and fundraising activities, in a time when fundraising is getting harder and harder.”

Lyn Bateman, senior fundraising officer at the Ayrshire Hospice added: “The Annual Ladies Lunch is always a favourite event in the hospice calendar and this year is certainly no exception.

“With over 300 confirmed guests already, the afternoon promises to be thoroughly enjoyable and we can’t wait to hear from guest speaker, Joyce Falconer.”

Tickets are £40 and include a two course lunch with a glass of wine. As tickets are selling quickly it is advisable that you reserve them as soon as possible. To reserve, please contact Lyn Bateman in the fundraising office on 01292 288488 or email