CHARITY FUNDRAISING

Party At The Green

Unsurprisingly, this year's Party At The Green music festival in aid of Mental Health Foundation (Scotland) has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

We are hoping to increase our fundraising pot to over £2000 by holding a prize raffle after our opening of the green ceremony. Date and time TBC.

Tickets are priced at £5 and can be purchased by contacting Kelly Dickinson on 07568 388 919. Or preferably via back transfer using the following details:

Below is a list of current prizes, including a £100 voucher for Slater Menswear, a pair of tickets to Royal Yacht Britannia and several alcohol and gift hampers to the value of £50 and above.

For more information, visit our PATG Facebook page.

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The Big Knit

We would be grateful if you could help Town Break, a friendship group which supports individuals with a diagnosis of early to mid-stage dementia, as well as their carers, who use our clubhouse on a regular basis.

As a member group of Age UK, they are raising funds by taking part in The Big Knit campaign, which involves knitting hats for Innocent smoothie bottles.

For each hat-covered smoothie sold, Age Scotland will receive 25p. And for each hat sent on behalf of Town Break, they will receive 15p.

To give you an idea of how popular and successful the campaign has been, last year Age UK received a whopping 1.5 million hats and, to date, have raised just under £3 million.

Carol Findlay, Town Break's Dementia Services Coordinator for the Falkirk Area, has provided a range of suggested Knitting Patterns. However, she is keen to stress that: "Big Knit is free to interpretation, you can even make up your own pattern, just the size needs to be the same, so any colour is great."

The submission deadlines are 1 April and 17 September. Once completed, you can either hand your hats into the club and we will arrange for a bulk delivery. Or you can post them direct to Age Concern with a note of your name and address, how many hats you've knitted, the date and that your selected charity is Town Break.

Their address is: Age Scotland, Big Knit Campaign, Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR.

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Be Magni7icent!

As part of his year-long fundraising activities for SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Grant Williamson is aiming to climb Ben Nevis seven times in seven consecutive days - which will take him beyond the height of Everest!

As he writes on his Be Magnificent! Facebook page: "I have suffered with mental health issues over the last few years but was lucky enough to have the best family and friends to get me through. Others are not so lucky. If I can raise enough money that saves one life, then whatever grief my knees give me will be worth it."

For more information on how to support his fundraising activities - which include whisky tastings, Burns suppers, cake baking and (I quote) "hopefully some other nonsense" - please visit his Just Giving page.

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