Sunday, 24 February 2008 00:00

Royal Bank of Scotland Chairman’s Awards(RBS International Award for Fundraising)
Hello, all our Calum’s Cabin followers and supporters. I know that I say this many times, but this week, I really don’t know where to start!! As you read last week, STV, came to visit us, and the film which was made was lovely, it was broadcast on Friday at various times throughout the day, and anyone who didn’t manage to see it, but would still like to catch it, can watch it at, or you can also view it by going into google and typing in Calum Speirs and linking into the site that way. This has really allowed “Calum’s Cabin” to be a household name, and has hopefully reached many homes that in the future we can help. As well that is, hopefully businesses who could help us in any way, i.e. with building materials, interior designers, carpet suppliers, landscape designers, anyone would be wonderful. If you don’t ask, then you don’t get!!! Wednesday, saw us having a telephone meeting with the Daily Record, again, hopefully this should be published this coming week, and should have the same effects as STV did, in passing on the word, and promoting the name of “Calum’s Cabin”. Thursday………well…….I am still in shock. I arrived in Edinburgh just after lunchtime. Thursday was the 21st, a year…

Tuesday, 19 February 2008 00:00

Chairmans awards and Scotland today!!!
Today saw Scotland today coming to the Island, they were really lovely people, and we had a lovely day thanks to the weather. We discussed “Calum’s Cabin” and had some footage in the Royal Bank, followed by shots at the Straad, and some interviews there. This is all courtesy of the Royal Bank’s Chairmans awards, which are happening on Thursday. So, if you can please watch Scotland Today on Thursday or Friday evening, it is great because not only is “Calum’s Cabin” getting publicity, but the Island is getting publicity also. Duncan, Jenna and I find all the attention quite hard, but if it gets help for “Calum’s Cabin” and the word is spread, then that’s the name of the game. We have reached a level that a year ago we could never have envisaged, it is truely amazing. Thank you all for the help to make last weeks family have a great holiday, the feedback has all been positive, so here’s to the next family. On the thank you front, we would like to say thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and gestures at the weekend, it was very much appreciated. The events are beginning to start again, and hopefully by next week, I should have some details for your “coming events”!!!, dairies…

Thursday, 07 February 2008 00:00

On Sunday we were invited to The Kathy Innes Benevolent Dinner, we had a lovely time, and met some wonderful people, who give of their time and energies to great causes, and have many sad and inspirational stories to tell. Thank you for inviting us and also for the wonderful donation. This week our first family have arrived for a well deserved holiday. So far they seem to be having a great time. Thanks to all who have helped in any way. This just emphasises what needs to be done and what can be achieved. As some of you perhaps already know, Dr Boyd is sailing on the final leg of Round the World Yacht Race, he has asked anyone who would like to sponsor him to go onto and then follow the link. We will be thinking of him on his exciting venture. It’s nearly a whole year since we lost our precious star, we miss Calum as much today if not more than we did then. Each and every day is a struggle, but we know that Calum always said and did, “if you can help anyone else, then that is what you do”, so that is what we are trying to do. We know “Calum’s Cabin” is being driven by Calum…

Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

The Straad
We have wonderful news this week,in the form that John Bute and Mount Stuart Trust have agreed to lease us(rent free) a piece of ground at the Straad. This is a wonderful opportunity for Calum’s Cabin and we are eternally greatful to everyone who has been involved in the negotiations, resulting in this tranquil location. The location is ideal, since it will allow the families time to reflect,comtemplate and take stock of what is happening in their lives at that exact time, allowing them the freedom to make irreplaceable memories and enjoy Bute as a whole. Thank you again.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008 00:00

What a week last week. Thank you to all who have donated again through ribbons and also through collecting cans, all these amounts fair add up, and we are very greatful. Thanks. Also again to anyone who donates in anyway, through fund raising events, dress down days at work, coffee morning, sponsored walks, through our web page, through monthly standing orders,match funding, any way at all THANK YOU. Friday night saw us at the Lord Provosts’ Burns Supper, there were 864 guests at the event, and we were honoured to be sitting beside some very distinguished people. May we thank all those involved for a wonderful evening and for all their hard work and most importantly all their fund raising, we don’t have a final amount yet, however, we can guarantee that a lot of money was raised. Thank you Lord Provost and Mrs Winter. We also managed to distribute a fair amount of Calum’s Cards, allowing us to spread the word, and help any family that is going through a horrendous time, watching their beloved child suffer from cancer or a cancer related disease. Friday, also saw us begin the work on the film that the BBC are making on “Calum’s Cabin”, we must thank Derek and the camera man for their patience and…

Sunday, 20 January 2008 00:00

RBTV and Lord Provosts Burns Supper
Thanks to everyone this week who have helped us in any way at all. Especially all of you have gone into the Co-op and purchased ribbons. I know that it all seems very quiet just now, and perhaps you are all wondering what is happening, let me assure you all, that there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes and all your hard work is beginning to pay off - thanks to all concerned. This week sees RBTV (that is the Royal Bank’s own TV) coming to the island on Sunday (27th). They plan to film some shots of individuals purchasing “Calum’s Cabin” merchandise, and a few local shots of the island, and finally a football match, at the new school playing fields, between 1-2pm. If any of you fancy being in the “crowd”, please feel free to come up and watch and be filmed between between 1-2pm, the more the merrier. We have been asked on Friday Night to the Lord Provost’s Burns Supper, where “Calum’s Cabin” is one of the beneficiaries. We are very grateful to the individuals who instigated this invitation, and will keep you all updated next week on how we got on. Thank you all again.