In December, we decided to fund Christmas meals for families working with Kinship Carers. We were astonished to learn that there are no fewer than 130 young carers supporting their families across East Lothian; WWSF funded the purchase of a Christmas gift for each and every one of them.
In November, WWSF funded the replacement of a defibrillator for Cockenzie Legion, returning some kindness after all the help and support we have received from the legion over the years. Also in November, we funded the purchase of 40 slow cookers for our friends at Chicken Dinner boxes, who provide a vital service across our community
In June WWSF stepped up to support vital COVID visor manufacturing work that was undertaken by the staff at Preston Lodge school.
In June, as we often do, WWSF stepped in at a moment of crisis to provide match funding to our friends at Dad’s work who were left with a major repair bill after a break-in. At the same time, we also provided funds to the local Waggonway project.
In June, in the midst of the pandemic, we provided pamper hampers to help the exhausted staff working at local hospitals. Thanks to our own Kerry Taylor for helping to make this happen.
Over the last few days we have confirmed a major award of £12,000 for Active Schools. This is a significant award and one that we feel will make a big difference to children and young people in East Lothian. Encouraging and supporting young people back into activity is key to developing positive health and Scotters should be proud of making this happen.
In May as the pandemic started to bite, Colin spearheaded a major appeal, backed by WWSF and with wonderful support from Davie Martin and Radio Saltire raised funds to provide life saving thermometers for cancer patients at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. As a result £8,000 was raised which provided comfort to people fighting cancer.
Our community Kitchen is an organisation close to our heart. In January we made a contribution to the great work that OCK does. Later in the year, our own Colin used his 55th birthday celebrations to raise funds for Faside Community Kitchen and Roots and Fruits. All of these groups provide much needed support in our Communities and the Foundation is delighted to have supported their efforts.
Through our friends at Fostering Compassion, WWSF funded Smokey Paws kits for fire stations throughout the County; these are vital pieces of equipment to revive much loved pets who have been caught up in household fires.
We started the year by supporting the purchase in January of an all important trike for Hamish Colgan and a para-bowling wheelchair for East Lothian bowling.
WWSF has, with your backing, supported crucial groups and services throughout our community. Our family of Scotters have faced the fight posed by this pandemic, given their time, energy and support and have risen to the challenge. We couldn’t have done what we have done without you. Please join us on our new website www.walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk, sign up to receive our regular newsletters and updates; please encourage others to do the same and help grow the “Scotter family”! Thank you again for your love, support and community spirit.