Scotter’ Newsletter April 2021

A message from the WWSF Board: get your walking shoes looked out!

WWSF Board sends its best wishes to our family of Scotters again this month. We hope you and your families are safe, healthy and happy. There has been a nip in the air over the last few weeks, but good weather for walking, so hopefully more and more of you are looking out your walking shoes in preparation for more COVID unlocking and the WWSF September Walk. 

Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, we’re not quite out the woods yet. So the spirit of WWSF please continue to do all that you can to help those who need it most – lending an ear, picking up the phone or chapping the door for a (socially distanced) chat can make the world of difference. As ever, if you hear or see things in our community that you think we can help with, please let us know.

Remembering John McGinn

It was with great sadness that WWSF learned of the passing of John McGinn last month. Not only was John the father of our very own vice chair, Colin McGinn; but he, along with his wife Roberta, was a much loved member of the Scotter family. John and Roberta have proudly supported WWSF from the beginning providing practical and emotional support and encouragement to all of us throughout our many walks. Nothing was ever too much trouble and John’s passing is a huge loss to the Foundation.  Our thoughts are with Roberta and the rest of the family; we can’t wait to fully embrace them back into the arms of the Scotter family. RIP and thank you John, you were one of a kind. 

Fundraisers update: Smile – we need your help!

As we mentioned last month, WWSF has continued to fund worthy projects throughout this last year, despite not being able to do our usual fund raising events. We want to be able to continue to do this, so we are asking for your help!  This is a call to arms for all Scotters – PLEASE make WWSF your charity of choice to raise funds for and encourage others to do the same. Our commitment to you is simple – we’ll never take your funds raised for granted and we’ll make sure every single penny is used to support good causes in our local community. 

We’re in the progress of setting WWSF up as an eligible charity for Amazon Smile. Once this is up and running you will be able to nominate WWSF to receive a small percentage of the gazillions we all spend on Amazon.  We’re nearly there, so please watch this space. 

What we have been up to: supporting our friends at Harlawhill and other exciting projects

Although funding has been challenging for all charities, WWSF continues to step up to the plate. We stepped in to support our friends at Harlawhill last month by providing critical funding to upgrade various aspects of the building to keep its users safe in the current climate. WWSF recognises the fantastic work Harlawhill does in the community and we applaud their efforts. 

We have also agreed on another substantial funding project for a high profile local charity.  We’re not quite ready to announce this, so please look out for some exciting news to come.  Cryptic clue: its sure to make the ‘hares’ on your neck stand up. 

WWSF ambassadors – exciting news to come

The Board has agreed to appoint a number of WWSF ambassadors spread across East Lothian. These ambassadors will carry the ethos and spirit of the charity and work with the Board to promote and support the Foundation’s work. The ultimate objective is to widen WWSF’s reach and impact across our community. 

We have agreed one very high profile appointment, which we plan to announce very soon. Two others are in the pipeline.  

If you know someone who would be a good fit with the ambassador role, please let us know. We’re particularly interested in appointing people around North Berwick, Haddington and Dunbar. 

Events update – WWSF Walk, Ball and Golf

As a reminder, we plan to hold our WWSF walk on Saturday 18 September 2021. A fantastic new 26 mile route has been set and the Board is working on other final details. These will be announced soon, but we can assure you of a fantastic day with a very fitting end planned.

As for May? As you know May is our traditional WWSF walk month. So why not plan your own personal challenge in May (walking or otherwise) to raise money for the Foundation and get some much needed practice miles under your belt?

We are planning to host our annual WWSF Ball at the Royal Musselburgh GC on 20 November 2021. What a night that will be, something to look forward to at the end of this year.  Put it in your diary!

And we are also pleased to announce the second WWSF golf day will take place on 22 March 2022. The venue has been agreed and it will be bigger and better than ever, including some evening entertainment.  

Our new website – share and subscribe!

Our new website www.walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk has been up and running for a few months now and is getting very good traction. The website has links to recent news and events, has details of how to get involved by organising your own event, how you can donate and support us, how you can apply for grant funding, and much much more! 

If you have not already done so, please check it out and please share, share, share! If you have not done so, subscribe to receive regular updates from us on the form below

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