Monday, 28 May 2007 00:00

Legal work
Another busy week, and as I say every week, where does the time go between updating each week. Thank you all again so much for your time and effort in everything that you do, either fundraising or donating or just reading the web to keep updated you are all great. Last week saw all the legal work getting started for the hopeful purchase of Calum’s Cabin. We need to make sure that all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted, before we agree to anything, so that is out of our hands now and being looked after by our Solicitor. Even although we are still a bit away from the purchase of the cabin, we thought it was a good idea to get plans and sites looked at in advance. When we are dealing with someone elses money then we have to make doubly sure everything is hunky doorey!! The fundraising events are still happening and still being organsied, thank you all who are hardworking behind the scenes, it takes a lot of organising, to pull events off,so thank you very much, as well as a thank you to all who support events and sponsor people. We are standing at £57,127.79,amazing, hopefully before we know it, it will be a new headline on…

Sunday, 27 May 2007 00:00

Forth coming events
Where do I start this week, yes lets surprise you all, we will start with the amount £64,884.79,how great is that. Everyone of you are so kind,thoughtful and generous,thank you all so much. Our concert on Friday night was great and Kenneth’s skills on the piano were fab, which was equally matched by Joyce’s voice. It was a lovely night, although quite quiet, mainly because other events were being held on the Island at the same time. Thanks to all who attended and arranged the event. This week sees us back to more letter writing, and chasing up any gift aid forms that are still outstanding, so if you have one please return it as soon as possible!!!!, it’s an extra 28p for every £1 donated. Thanks again to all who ran at the weekend,you super fit people!!!Also thanks to all who daily put change into collecting cans,the amounts that are raised through cans are absolutely unbelievable. Also all business,individuals,clubs and societies, thankyou. This weekend sees a raffle at Big Dougie’s Schools out party night, in the Pavillion on Friday night.Then, Wednesday 4th July is the United Church of Bute afternoon tea at St Ninians, please all come along, I am sure the home baking and stalls will be great, another few pounds round the…

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 00:00

THANK YOU
Tuesday again, where do all the days of the week go?!!! Duncan, Jenna and I are back to basics this week again, I have sent away a lot of fundraising letters and Duncan and Jenna are back to making magic tricks. Poor Duncan has also learned how to fold letters and put everything in the envelopes!! This week was busy again, just the way we want it to be,everyone is so kind, and we would like to thank everyone again for their generosity, not only on the financial front, for “Calum’s Cabin”, but on the emotional front, you are all great and very thoughtful, and we thank you for all your email,written,text messages, not to forget the hugs,smiles and “wee looks” that we get, they are greatfully received. Thank you to all who donated this week, its wonderful and all who took part in 10k’s this week and triathlons, a very emotional weekend was had by all concerned, thank you, Calum would be so proud of you all. May I take this opportunity again to remind anyone that hasn’t joined “everyclick.com”, as their search engine to please do so,it doesn’t cost you anything but generates the charity an income each month. The fund stands at £53,911.03 today. More fundraising events happening this weekend, so enjoy…

Tuesday, 08 May 2007 00:00

Guess what we are over £50,000!!!
Here we are again, another week down the line, and yet another new target reached, £50,000 how amazing is that?!! We have had an awsome week, thank you at the start of the week to all who now have set up standing orders and direct debits, the 1st of the month has taken on a whole new meaning for us!!! Anyone who is interested in this idea, please contact us direct and we can advise you of the sorting code and bank account number, it is a wonderful idea and once the cabin is up and running will help to pay for the running costs, so thank you. We would again like to thank all individuals, clubs, businesses and societies for their support this week ,whether it is a bag of pennies or a wonderful cheque, they are all warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated. Friday and Saturday, saw us bag packing in Somerfield, we were in from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, it was two days that were filled with laughter (and some tears) and we can’t say a big enough thank you to all who gave of their time and energy and of their “pennies” when shopping, in Somerfield it was a record we raised £1701.63 on Friday and £1852.84 on…

Tuesday, 01 May 2007 00:00

We are over £40,000!!!, we are 1/2 way there!!!
Here we are another amazing week. It is truly inspiring all of your generosity. This week saw, sponsor money from Rothesay Academy (£5027.25), baking for our stall at Anne’s Dance Festival on Saturday (which raised £407.30), and Race Night proceeds (£3702,still more to come in, we hope the final figure will be about £4,200!!),plus personal and business donations, thank you all so much, it seems such a small thing to say, so a BIG THANK YOU to all, you are making Calum’s dream come true, and in the coming months and years are helping terminally ill children make memories that their families will treasure forever, something that money can’t buy. This week, is really busy again, we are bag packing on Friday and Saturday and there are collections on the boat for Jazz Festival Weekend,thank you to everyone who has donated their time and energy. We close Monday 30th April at £46,269.57 (10 weeks on 2nd May was Calum’s service when we started the appeal - we could never have envisaged such wonderful support - THANK YOU AGAIN)

Friday, 27 April 2007 00:00

Variety Club - Scotland
I know I am a day late again this week, but I thought I would wait and update so I could include our meeting today with the Variety Club. Today we were invited by the Variety Club to meet with Mr Jack Zimmer, and Mr David White, Chairman of Variety Club Scotland. The Variety Club had arranged to bring 1000 children to Bute, to enjoy a day of fun, this included clowns, police dogs, mountain rescue teams,radio Clyde, horse rides, motor bike rides,helicoptor displays and many more things. At approx 1pm we were invited onto their stage and were presented with a cheque for £74,000!!!!! We aren’t getting the money exactly, so you won’t see it going onto our total, we simply have to send The Variety Club our bills for Calums Cabin. What more can we say…………………………………..speechless eh!!!! (and thank you!!!!) Thanks again this week, to all our runners in last weeks Glasgow 10k and Good Luck to those who are running again this week, some of you I know have completed 3 10k’s and some are going for 5 10k’s, you really are super fit folks, and we thank you very much for all your sponsorship work. Infact anyone who has run in the name of “Calum’s Cabin” this year - thank you.…