WWSF newsletter – Spring 2024

Happy Spring from the WWSF Board

As the lighter nights start to come upon us, WWSF wishes our followers and fellow ‘Scotters’ a health and happy Springtime. If you have not already done so, it’s time to get those walking shoes looked out and get out and about to enjoy our County’s wonderful scenery and fresh air; good for the body and mind. This year’s walk in August will be with us in no time! 

Thanks to your fundraising efforts we continue to help and support those who need us around East Lothian; we have made several awards over the last few months (details below) and expect to be making several more in the months to come. If you see or hear of anything that we could and should be helping with, please let us know. 

RIP Tom Jardine and Aiden Hoenigmann

WWSF was saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Jardine at the beginning of this year. Tom was a well known character around East Lothian and a regular visitor to our friends at Harlawhill day centre in Prestonpans. Tom will be sadly missed by all that knew him, but leaves a tremendous legacy and many happy memories behind.  We were also shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Ross High RFC player and captain Aiden Hoenigmann.  Aiden was known to several of the WWSF board members and many ‘Scotters’.  Our thoughts are with the family and the club at this sad time. 

Events update and dates for your diary

We are looking forward to the following events, which are now well established in the WWSF calendar.  Not only are these fun and friendly events, they are also the source of much of our funding, so need your support. 

There are still spaces available for our Big Boys Brunch on 7 April; this is always a well supported and enjoyable event, so please join us if you are able to. 

Please mark the following dates for your diary for 2024:

  • Sunday 7 April for the WWSF Big Boys Brunch
  • Saturday 17 August for the WWSF family day at EH32 (Cockenzie House)
  • Saturday 31 August for the WWSF annual walk
  • Friday 6 September for the WWSF ‘Weegie Budgie’ Golf day

Awards update – WWSF continues to step up to help

We are delighted to report number of funding awards made by the Foundation over the last few weeks. 

‘Keep The Heid’ Mental Health Cafe is an informal but structured discussion group for people living with mental health problems in and around Tranent, North Berwick and Haddington. As we reported last year, WWSF agreed to commit several thousand pounds to support this very worthy initiative; and we have made a further £3,000 award to help ensure the service is supported throughout 2024. Further funding is required to maintain this vital support group over the longer term and we wish them well in their endeavours. 

As reported last year, subject to the success of pending applications, WWSF has also agreed to support ‘Listening Peers’ which is a support group run by the Bridges Project in Musselburgh. This is a peer mentoring service for young people affected by family alcohol and substance use. 

IN December, WWSF awarded £5,000 to Home Start at the end of last year to help support the great work this charity does helping families across East Lothian.

We are delighted to announce that we have just agreed to award £3,000 to Recharge to help complete the refurbishment of its new premises in Tranent, and within that the creation of a sensory/chill out room.  This will be used by a number of different groups dealing with mental health and support issues for young people in East Lothian. 

Finally, we also awarded £3,000 to the Pennypit Trust (and related community kitchens) to support the tremendous effort this group makes around Christmas, delivering food parcels and gifts to families in need. Several members of the WWSF Board have witnessed first hand the impact that this initiative has over the festive period. 

WWSF remains well positioned to help those in need across our community who may be in need of assistance. WWSF welcomes applications for funding.  Please see our website for details of how to apply. https://walkwithscottfoundation.co.uk/apply/

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