Although I have sent out dozens of Christmas cards there are many more people who I want to send Christmas greetings and Thanks to and this seems a nice way to do it!
To our supporters (and that includes you)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support this year – what an amazing year it has been. With your help we have raised over £300,000 – incredible and wonderful and will help us with our Retreat building. The support has been varied – from schoolchildren doing the £1 pic challenge (post coming soon on that), cyclists taking on the Pedal 4 Paul bike ride, lots of events (even 2 Blingo events this year!) to 31 of us climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. I’ve spoken about the charity’s work and goals in schools, businesses, churches, cafes.
From being allowed to sit in(and being treated like family by Victor, Carina and their team) Centotre for hours on end working and sipping one or two coffees, to enjoying a curry lunch at Lothian Buses depot, to a fab bacon roll at Craigie’s Farm and great burgers at Hard Rock Cafe to our volunteers and cyclists being spoilt with fabulously fresh sandwiches made by Flavour – thanks to all our charity partners for their support of fundraising, donations both financial and prizes and awareness raising.
A special wee thanks here to all those who support us via social media – what a help you have been this year! Helping source prizes, sponsor events, even to having forms you can fill in online – all thanks to the power of social media friendships!
To the families we have supported and still support
We know, from messages and feedback, that you do love our services and we hope that by providing them they have helped even a little bit with all you have been or are still going through – from organising the workshops, providing the snacks and parent packs, the ironing vouchers to sometimes being able to help with other requests and to saving up to build the Retreat. We love the feedback you give us and and always consider it when planning future services.
To our volunteers
Quite simply, you are wonderful people. Our Trustees and Patrons aren’t just figureheads – they roll up their sleeves and get mucked in. We are so fortunate to have pro bono support from our Treasurer, Chartered Accountants, lawyers, property advisers, architect, landscape architect, IT support, and a lovely core team of volunteers who support us by being Champions – we have our Pedal 4 Paul Champions – Paul’s mum, Ruth and his godmother Aileen. Our snacks Champion is Helen T – ever ready to shop and deliver to both wards. We’ve got Ann F who is an absolute treasure delivering and collecting and ironing and folding – no job is too tricky for our Ann. Wendy our newest Champion, taking on the Cookie Club role for 2014. Our events wouldn’t be as pretty without Tia and Karen’s creativity and ideas – from table decorations to wrapping prizes – they have no equal!
Not forgetting our wonderful Young Ambassadors – a group of young people who volunteer their time, skills and ideas to raise funds and awareness.
Special mentions here for my husband and family -you are the best. And for my admin crew – Susan, Marlyn, Vera and Shonagh – all going beyond the call of duty!
To our fellow small and local charities
How amazing are we all? Competing with the big boys and girls of the charity world for donations and support isn’t easy but we do it. We do it because we are so passionate about what we do, because actually we know the very people we set up to support. We do it because we can. Because we all do make a difference. So to The Teapot Trust, Star for Harris, Love Oliver, Simba, Calum’s Cabin, CCLASP, TCCL, FACE, St Columba’s Hospice (not so small but still local) I doff my cap at you and say let’s keep up the great work.
To families missing someone this Festive Season
There are a great many people thinking of you and that will include me and my family. As we think of our own Andrew missing from our family gathering we will be thinking of you too and sending our thoughts your way.
To all of you
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2014
The future depends on what we do in the present. Mahatma Ghandi