Scotter’s Newsletter 1

A message from the WWSF Board

A warm welcome to the Walk With Scott Foundation October Scotter’s newsletter from all the WWSF Board; we hope you and your families are keeping well in these challenging times.

Many people and organisations are struggling at the moment, making our ethos and what we do even more important and sadly, even more necessary. We are pleased to say that WWSF remains strong and vibrant and here to help those in our community who need us. Although many of our own events have sadly been cancelled, we have no overheads and are run and supported by fantastic volunteers; this means we can survive almost anything!

Many people have been kind enough to raise money for the Foundation over the last few months, providing funds for us to help others. A huge thanks to them and to all of you for ‘keeping the faith’. As ever, if you hear or see things in our community that you think we can help with, please let us know.

Fundraisers update – rolling and golfing

Following the amazing lockdown efforts of Dean Jones, who sang every day in May; Charlie Kays fantastic cycling challenge; The fantastic Lawson Way Relay; and ’TikTok’ queen Mary Kidd who’s efforts led to TV stardom, a couple of other superstars are worthy of mention for raising thousands of pounds for WWSF over recent weeks. 

Iain Elder Donaldson, originally from Musselburgh, his wife Janet (Jaz) who went to school with our founder Scott Glynn in Prestonpans, and their amazing care assistant Sheryl raised an amazing amount of money for WWSF and Leuchie House during the month of August. Iain suffers from MS but in true WWSF spirit put his troubles behind him to ‘roll’ round the Rex park near his home in Dunfermline every day in August (rain or shine) clocking up more than 100 miles in the process. Many ‘Scotters’ went through to support Iain during his challenge and saw for themselves what an effort he, Jaz and Sheryl put in. Iain’s ambition is to participate in WWSF walk 2021 and it would take a brave person to bet against him! Truly one of the ‘Scotter family’ we thank Iain and his wonderful team for their efforts.

Whilst facing many COVID related setbacks, Sean McPhee organised a highly successful WWSF golf day at Dalmahoy, raising funds for the Foundation. 60 golfers took advantage of near perfect weather and excellent golfing facilities at Dalmahoy. WWSF would like to pass on our thanks to Sean, Cut Price Timber who kindly sponsored the event, Dalmahoy, and the many others who donated prizes and helped to make the day a big success. More information is available on the website https://walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk/news/walk-with-scott-foundation-golf-day/

As ever, the inimitable Davie Martin and Saltire Radio has been at hand to advertise and support these events and many more throughout the region.

Good Luck to Scott Thomson who is walking the west highland way to raise funds for us, if you want to sponsor him here is the link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ScottThomson36

What we have been up to

Following our decision to make a huge £20,000 award to support East Lothian Foodbank, Home Start and Wee Red Upcycles in April, our grant activities have been more modest over recent months, but we have remained active and there is more exciting news in the pipeline.

In recent weeks we have supported community heritage project Waggonway, helped Men’s Shed in Musselburgh recover from a break in, and provided funds to support a much needed defibrillator in Cockenzie Legion.

We are very excited about a larger community project that we are working on at the moment. We hope to be able to reveal details of a significant grant in the coming weeks. Watch this space! 

Scottember

The simplest of gestures can make a massive difference to someone in need. We asked Scotters to support ‘Scottember’ by simply performing a kind gesture throughout the month of September. Thank you to those of you who helped us fill September with good deeds.

One such good deed was the kind lady who offered a bike to someone in need our community. We were approached by a contact at one of the many charities we have supported. There was an urgent need for a bike for a young local lad, who was struggling to get to school and to sport due to his family situation. The bike was collected, cleaned, checked and is now being put to good use.  We also had people leaving boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers at bus shelters for others and people giving others masks when they didn’t have one but needed them outside of shops.

Our new website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website www.walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk. Many thanks to Board member Alan Bell who has worked tirelessly to get this up and running.  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!

Check it out and please share, share, share. If you have not done so, subscribe to receive regular updates from us.

Events update – WWSF Infinity Walk date announced

Regrettably, but unsurprisingly, we have had to cancel our annual ‘Scotters Ball’ planned for November this year.

On a much brighter note we are delighted to announce that our postponed Infinity Walk (WWS8) will now take place over the first weekend of May 2021 Further details will follow as we finalise the details but we can confirm it will take place on both Saturday and Sunday and will include the option of team relays. However one thing is for sure – IT WILL BE A BIG ONE!

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