A message from the WWSF Board: Spring is in the air
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. With a few glimpses of Spring weather, the schools set to go back and the vaccine programme moving at pace there are plenty of reasons to be cheerfully looking ahead. We hope you are getting your walking shoes looked out!
For those of us who find ourselves at a low ebb, check out our social media and website for useful phone numbers and information on mental health. We’re proud to report that our own Gareth Glynn was is now an accredited mental health first aide and joins several other board members and Scotter’s in being able to support people with the key skills they have learned.
In 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.
Fundraisers update: Smile – we need your help!
WWSF has continued to fund worthy projects throughout this last year, despite not being able to do our usual fund raising events. In order for us to continue to do this we now need 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’ll let you know when this is set up and will provide info on what you can do to help.
What we have been up to: Buy Scott a pint? Can Do!
A few weeks ago we asked people to buy Scott a pint on his birthday by making a small donation to WWSF. We’re delighted to say that £1,500 was raised in response to this appeal. The big man would be truly humbled. That’s not all, we used this money to make a £1,000 award to Can Do. Can Do is an exceptional charity offering fun, friendship and adventures for young people with disabilities in East Lothian.
WWSF was also happy to lend a hand to Murray Scott’s ‘Eye Gaze’ appeal. Congratulations to Murray’s family who have not only raised enough money to provide an Eye Gaze for Murray but also raised awareness to allow a new machine to be provided for Sanderson’s Wynd school. With a bit of luck this machine might provide Murray with a voice to communicate – everyone deserves a voice after all. Good luck Murray from WWSF and the Scotter family.
WWSF ambassadors – watch this space
At our recent AGM, Board positions were confirmed for the coming year with Colin resuming the vice Chair position, Karen Kidd as Secretary, Alan Bell as Treasurer, and Blair Stewart and Gareth Glynn as Trustee Board members. The Board resolved to create a new position of Honorary Chair and appointed Scott Glynn MBE to this position. By doing so, Scott will continue to formally hold office in the charity that bears his name.
The Board also 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 are making progress with this behind the scenes and we hope to be able to share some exciting news with you all in next month’s newsletter – watch this space.
Events update – WWSF Walk and WWSF Ball
As a reminder, we very much hope and expect to hold our WWSF walk on Saturday 18 September, where we plan to arrange a one day marathon walk across East Lothian. Details are still being worked through and will be released in due course. Meantime, please save the date and get those walking boots looked out!
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?
Finally, 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!
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!
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