WWSF newsletter – June 2022

WWSF Board wishes you a wonderful summer 

Best wishes from everyone here at WWSF. We have a lot of exciting things to share with you in this newsletter; its been a very active few weeks! 

We hope you and yours are all well and that you are looking forward to summer as much as we are. For some it will be the first chance for a well deserved holiday after the struggles of the last few years; for others just the chance to get some fresh air, hopefully taking advantage of our wonderful garden County. 

We’re always on the look out for deserving causes across East Lothian that may benefit from our support. With the cost of living crisis, we all need to be alert to what is happening around us and to look after each other as best we can. We need you Scotters to be our eyes and ears, so if you hear or see things in our community that you think we can help with, please let us know.

Walk 9 a big success!

The weather was kind and the route was tremendous (even if it was a touch longer than expected), but most importantly of all the camaraderie and spirit was second to none. Thank you to Walk 9 Scotters, old and new for taking part. We left Haddington RFC around 8am and finished at Cockenzie Legion around 6pm, tired but exhilarated. 

A huge thanks again to a number of people and organisations. Grant Walker and C&PS RBL Pipes & Drums for the inspirational piping along the route. Haddington RFC, North Berwick RFC and Cockenzie Legion for the use of your premises. To all of our Stewards who kept us well fed and watered and to our Marshalls who kept us safe along the route. To Paul at Digital Discos, to Our Community Kitchen for feeding us, to Scottish Water & Tennents for supplying the water, and to Roots & Fruits for the fruit donations. And finally our t-shirt sponsors, East Coast Carpets, Seton Gardens, Quattro Consulting and the Royal Mackintosh Hotel. 

As is tradition, post-walk we presented our Scotter Of The Year award. This went to Derek Stevenson, lovingly know to Scotters as ‘Staz’.  Staz has been the ‘back marker’ on our walks from the beginning, encouraging and supporting those at the back in his own unique way.

Staz doing what he does best

Finally and importantly, money is still coming in but we expect to raise around £10,000 from this year’s walk. This is a terrific achievement and will go a long way to helping those in need and improving outcomes for so many across East Lothian. 

Happy walkers enjoying walk 9


Fundraising update – big thanks to PL RFC and Iain Elder

As if Walk 9 was not enough we have two other main fundraising initiatives to report on this month.

A group of players from Preston Lodge RFC ran the Edinburgh half marathon to raise money in support of coach and ex player Mark Steedman who is currently undergoing treatment for Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The group has raised more than £6,000 and Mark has generously asked for the money to be donated to WWSF. Our thanks go to both the PL players and Mark for supporting WWSF and showing such great community spirit. Mark Steedman and his family have been great supporters of WWSF over the years, making donations and supporting our events.  Everyone here at WWSF sends Mark our best wishes for a speedy recovery and our deepest condolences following the recent death of Mark’s father Ian. 

Last year’s joint ‘Scotter Of The Year’ Iain Donaldson-Elder has been up to his fundraising exploits again.  This time successfully undertaking a white water rafting adventure to celebrate his 60th birthday. Challenging enough for any 60 year old, but Iain suffers from MS, making the challenge even greater. Thanks to his endeavours, Iain has raised almost £2,000 for his beloved charities, WWSF and Leuchie House.  We are so proud of you Iain; your spirit encapsulates what WWSF stands for. 

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.  

Awards update – Beyond Boundaries, Cycling Without Age, Step Out, Men’s Shed

It has been a very busy time for WWSF, but we are never too busy to distribute some of your hard earned funds to deserving causes across East Lothian. Over the last few weeks we have agreed to make four important awards.

Beyond Boundaries East Lothian provides a range of outdoor activities for people in East Lothian impacted by physical and mental health challenges. WWSF is delighted to have awarded £5,000 to support the provision of much needed supervision and materials for this fantastic organisation. 

Cycling Without Age approached WWSF to help fund a wheelchair-suitable trishaw to be situated at Leuchie House. This will be regularly used to give Leuchie users a tour of the estate and provide a unique and uplifting experience. Given Iain Donaldson-Elder’s efforts to raise funds for both WWSF and Leuchie, this was an easy award for us to make. Thanks to Iain’s efforts, WWSF was delighted to step in and agree to fund the remaining shortfall to ensure this initiative happens. 

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity approached WWSF to fund its ‘Step Out’ initiative which is expected to take place in the second half of this year. This programme provides free of charge dance sessions in East Lothian for children and young people with complex needs. The programme is therapeutic and uses dance to promote physical movement and build confidence. There will be two blocks running for six weeks and culminating in a Christmas Showcase. WWSF had no hesitation in agreeing to fund this amazing initiative. 

Finally, our friends at Men’s Shed do great work across the East Lothian community. WWSF was delighted to award £1,000 for much needed materials for the Macmerry Men’s Shed. 

WWSF welcomes applications for funding.  Please see our website for details of how to apply. https://walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk/apply/

Save the date – Scotter’s Ball on 12 November 

Our Scotter’s Ball is proving to be a real highlight to the end of each year and we expect this year to be no different.  This is a super fun night of laughter, food and dancing in great company; raising lots of money for the Foundation in the meantime. Put 12 November in your diary! 

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