WWSF Newsletter December 2021

A message from the WWSF Board: Thank you and here’s to 2022

As we draw 2021 to a close, WWSF Board would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our Scotters as well as everyone who has helped support us throughout the year. 2021 has been another challenging year for everyone, but thanks to all of you WWSF has remained an active force for good in our community and we are grateful to have been able to reinstate both our annual Walk and Scotter’s Ball this year.

A personal message from Colin McGinn, Vice-Chair WWSF

I trust all Scotters everywhere had a stress free Christmas holiday and for a variety of reasons are looking forward to an even better New Year in 2022. This time of year can be a minefield of emotions for many in our Community and none of us are immune from the stresses and strains of everyday life. I honestly hope you have all managed some time to reflect upon the year past and have had the opportunity to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

I would wish to place on record my thanks to our Board for the energy, enthusiasm and devotion to our Foundation; without them we would not be in the position we are in today. I also wish to say I am excited by the addition of our new Ambassadors who have joined us this year and look forward to a better, bigger and more enjoyable year ahead for the Foundation.

I am acutely aware that the start of the year takes us another year on from the loss of our founder and inspiration Scott Glynn MBE.  We continue to miss him dearly and wish to pass on our love and best wishes to fellow board member Gareth and all the family.

Awe the best to the Scotter Family for an inspirational 2022.

Events update: We had a Ball! 

Our annual Scotter’s Ball was a big success. Not only did everyone have a great night but we have raised over £5,000 for WWSF. We could not have done this without the help and support of many people and without those of you who attended and gave so generously on the night – thank you so much!

We would like to highlight a number of people for special thanks.

Lauren Glynn Enchanted Designs for her wonderful table lights. Lauren made these centre pieces so we can use them for future events. Thank you also to Carol Glynn for once again creating beautiful table raffle hampers for all of the winners and special Glynn Family prize that was awarded on the night. 

Thanks to Dave Cribbes and Sam Hood from Cribbes Photography who’s photos captured the night so well, the set up the guests and the smiles,  Thanks to Bubble Photo Booth who have been there from the 1st ever Scotter’s Ball and provided a great service once again. You can see all the photos on our gallery page on the website https://walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk/gallery/

Big thanks to our band, The Last Resort with their fantastic mixture of music that filled the floor on every dance. Steven Cross and Royal Musselburgh Golf Club who again did us proud. The hall was beautiful and the meal fantastic. To our fabulous young Piper Charlie Mack who gave our guests a very warm welcome on the night. And to our MC for the night, Mark McKenzie who took time out of his busy schedule to be with us.

Thanks to every kind person who donated auction items and raffle prizes. And lastly to every single person who bought a ticket, dressed up so beautifully and smartly, and danced the night away.

Please save the date for next year: 12 November 2022, again at the Royal Musselburgh. 

Fundraisers update: more generous donations to WWSF

WWSF was delighted to receive a cheque for £550 from Tranent Colts and Ross High RFC. The money was raised through the beautifully named annual Bawbag Cup.  Our friend Dougie McQuillan has raised £700 for WWSF through sales of his latest Roy Orbison tribute CD; thank you so much Dougie!  And a big thanks to the Edinburgh Electrical Society who have donated £500 to WWSF through legacy funds.  

Shout out again to Karen Garrity who is aiming to spin 3000 miles (175 miles per week) from November to February! WWSF is one of the charities Karen is raising money for – check out her Just Giving page. 

Have you set up WWSF as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile? To date WWSF has received nearly £100 from this, just through your spending (easy!). See our previous newsletters for details – its really simple to do!

Please keep WWSF in mind if you are planning any fundraising events. Our commitment to you is that every penny you raise will be used to support great causes for great people across East Lothian.  

What we have been up to: Fostering Compassion and FCK awards

WWSF was pleased to help our friends at Fostering Compassion fund the cost of a new printer. This was much needed and will help this fantastic charity continue to do great work. We have also helped Fa’side Community Kitchen fund the cost of a new cooker, this was much needed equipment to help this great organisation continue to support people in our community. 

Please keep a look out for further awards that we are currently working on and hope to be able to announce early in the new year. As ever, if you hear or see things in our community that you think we can help with, please let us know.

As you know, we are proud to have appointed Tom Shearer, Laura Hardie and Sean McPhee as WWSF ambassadors. We’re already working well together as a team and we’re looking forward to increased interactions in the coming year. 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 – 2022 dates for your diary

The second WWSF golf day will take place on 25 March 2022. The Royal Musselburgh GC will host the event and it will be bigger and better than ever, including some evening entertainment. We have seen a large amount of interest, so much so that we decided to open up more slots for extra teams to take part. Please see our social media posts or contact blair@walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk

Soon after the golf day we are delighted to announce the return of the WWSF Big Boys Breakfast!  This will take place on Sunday 10 April 2022 at Cockenzie Legion. We’re currently securing a top class line up of speakers for another WWSF showcase event. Details of how to book a table will be available soon!  For now, save the date.

We are delighted to tell you that our annual walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday 7 May 2022 – something to look forward to!

As mentioned above, our annual Scotter’s Ball will take place on 12 November 2022.

WWSF website – share and subscribe!

Our website www.walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk has been up and running all year 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.