WWSF Newsletter – September 2021

Happy group of Scotters as we set off on WWS8

A message from the WWSF Board: Talking the walk

As we all prepare to welcome the Autumn and some lovely walks with the leaves under our feet, WWSF is back with a bang! After two fallow years, our annual walk finally took place on Saturday 18 September. The weather was kind and it was heartwarming to see our long line of ‘Scotters’ padding the hoof on the 26 mile route around East Lothian. Plenty of acknowledgements and thanks below, but the main message we want to get out there is WWSF is back!

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.

WWS8 – Walking the talk

Big thanks to everyone who took part in our annual walk earlier this month. We are so grateful to ‘Scotters’ old and new and to everyone who took the time to help us out along the route. A particular thanks to our amazing team of marshals who kept us all going with water, snacks and most importantly their smiles and banter. Thank you to Musselburgh and Haddington RFC and to Cockenzie and Longniddry Legions for opening their doors to us; and to Ross High RFC for hosting us in the evening. Also to our t-shirt sponsors – Quattro consulting, The Seton Garden, Royal Mackintosh Hotel and East Coast Carpets. Special thanks to our friends from Our Community Kitchen for providing delicious and much needed post-walk food for everyone. And finally, thanks to Steven Nelson, Willie Fisher, Roots & Fruits, Cockenzie RBL Pipes & Drums and to our very own Grant Walker, Morven and Rachel! So that’s it folks, WWSF is back walking again and there’s no stopping us!

Fundraisers update: Topping up the piggy bank

The walk has raised nearly £10,000, providing a much needed boost to our funds.  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. 

We’re delighted to remind you again that WWSF has been set up as an eligible charity for Amazon Smile. Its really easy to do, just select Amazon Smile within ‘programmes & features’ on the Amazon app and search for Walk With Scott Foundation.  You only have to do this once and afterwards WWSF will receive a donation every time you spend money on Amazon. Simple!

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: Hare hare – Scotters of the year announced!

As you know, WWSF was a proud sponsor of The Big Hare Trail (www.thebigharetrail.co.uk). These Hares were on display around North Berwick over the last couple of months and have just been auctioned off. Our own Hare, ‘Over the Rainbow’ sold for £7,400 helping to raise and incredible £115,000 on the night for Leuchie House. 

Talking of Leuchie, our very own Iain Donaldson-Elder joined us for a section of the walk earlier this month (a big thanks to Leuchie for facilitating this). Iain has raised thousands of pounds for WWSF over the last few years despite his own struggles. In recognition of this, we were delighted to award Iain with ‘Scotter of the year’ award; congratulations Iain and keep up the good work. 

This year we had not one, but two awards.  Our second ‘Scotter of the year’ award went to our pocket rocket secret weapon, Mary Kidd.  Through her various madcap adventures, Mary has raised thousands of pounds for WWSF; keeping people’s spirits up at the same time. Thank you Mary and keep going!

Our Ambassadors have landed – Welcome Laura and Sean

As we reported earlier this year, the WWSF Board has agreed to appoint a number of 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. 

Joining Tom Shearer, WWSF was delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Hardie and Sean McPhee as Ambassadors. Laura and Sean both have backgrounds in events management and we believe they have a lot to offer in helping us achieve our ambitions. WWSF Board was delighted to host our new Ambassadors last week in our first (virtual) meeting; we’re very excited about our new team. 

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 – Let’s have a Ball!

Plans are well advanced for the return of our annual WWSF Ball at the Royal Musselburgh GC on 27 November 2021. What a night it will be with lovely food, great music and fantastic company. Tickets are selling fast, but we have some spaces left. Please let us know ASAP if you would like to come along and/or arrange a table.  Please see our social media posts or contact blair@walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk

As we prepare for our annual Ball, if you know of businesses or individuals who would be prepared to donate a raffle or auction prize, please let us know. 

We are also pleased to announce the second WWSF golf day will take place on 22 March 2022. The Royal Musselburgh GC will host the event and it will be bigger and better than ever, including some evening entertainment. Please see our social media posts or contact blair@walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk

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.

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