WWSF Newsletter November 2021

A message from the WWSF Board: Warming up for winter

There’s a nip in the air now as the nights are drawing in. This has meant a welcome rest for those recovering from September’s walk, which we can all look back on with a huge sense of achievement; whether you were a walker, a helper, or a supporter – you made it happen; and WWSF is back with a bang! 

We hope you Scotters are continuing to take good care of yourselves and those around you. As ever, if you hear or see things in our community that you think we can help with, please let us know.

Remember remember the 27th of November: Looking ahead to our Scotter’s Ball

The WWSF Board has been working hard to prepare for the return of our Scotter’s Ball on 27 November. After a challenging couple of years it feels such a privilege to get everyone back together to celebrate our achievements and enjoy ourselves in fine company. We have a great night in store for those who are lucky enough to be able to join us; for those unable to make it this year, we really hope to see you soon at one of our events in 2022!

A few thanks in advance to those who have already helped put together a great agenda for the evening. As ever, Steven Cross and the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club have been a tremendous help and we know they will do a great job on the night. Our Scotter’s band, The Last Resort will keep us on our toes (literally) all evening. David Cribbes will be our official photographer on the night; and of course our Scotter’s Ball wouldn’t be the same without the photo booth – kindly donated for the night by Bubble photo booth.  A big thanks to Mark Mckenzie who has agreed to be our MC for the evening. And of course, a huge thank you to those who have been kind enough to donate auction and raffle prizes, including de Burgh wines and Pickerings Gin!

Without all of this help and support, WWSF simply could not do what we do, and our community would be a much poorer place. Thank you to everyone who supports our events, especially those behind the scenes, doing the right thing even when no-one is looking.

Fundraisers update: A very successful walk

As a reminder, the September walk has raised £10,000 for the Foundation, providing a much needed boost to our funds after a challenging couple of years. Rest assured this will be used to improve outcomes for those who most need it within our community. Thank you to all our walkers and their sponsors who contributed to the fundraising; we know this is a particularly tough time to be asking anyone for money, so your efforts are very much appreciated. 

Have you set up WWSF as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile? See our previous newsletters for details – its really easy 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.  

Shout out this month 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. 

What we have been up to: Some awards are cooking!

With all the fallout from the Walk and then our Scotter’s Ball to arrange its been a quieter month on the awards side. However, we are working on something that we think will warm the cockles of your heart and we’ll be ready to make an announcement on this very soon. It needs to cook away for a little longer, so watch this space for further announcements in the weeks to come.

As we move into the festive period and there are causes or issues that you think your Foundation could be helping with, please let us know. We’re always on the lookout for ideas and initiatives that need our support. 

On another front, our WWSF merchandise has been proving popular. Our plan is to open our virtual shop for periods of time, collect orders and send these away for manufacturing. Keep your eyes open on our social media and website for news on the next window for orders. 

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.

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.