Thursday, 01 August 2019 11:59


We're going for gold to raise as much as possible for our families

This year has sadly been our busiest yet here at Calums Cabin.


Thanks to your support, no matter how big or small, we have been able to adapt to the needs of our families where possible  which means we have been able to increase the accommodation available for holidays AND for our families staying in Glasgow for treatment. Your support and encouragement helps us to keep going and the impact that all of our services are now having on families is immeasurable. 


Can you believe that it has now been two years since we first opened our Glasgow flat? Since then, we have purchased a further two properties as well as renting an additional two flats, short-term, for families in desperate need of accommodation. 


We realised when speaking with families that those requiring out-patient cancer care were struggling, meaning some families would need to travel hours and many miles for treatment or be separated for weeks and months at a time. We know that the cost of cancer both emotionally and financially can be draining and we want to support families to have a base during this time to alleviate the day to day stress and allow them to focus only on their child, the wider family and ensure they have adequate support throughout this time. 


By the end of 2019, we will have:


Supported 147 families with a visit to 

Calums Cabin

Calums Cabin Cottage

Mount Stuart's self catering cottages (March to October)

Dumfries House's self catering cottage


So far in 2019, we have provided:

87 weeks of accommodation in our Glasgow Flats collectively 

and we expect this to double for the remainder of the year




The need to support our families is greater than ever. On average, it costs around £750 per week for a family to visit Bute. It costs around £500 per week to accommodate a family in our Glasgow flats and this can be higher for our short-term properties. 


Throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness month this September, we're asking if you would consider doing something special to help us and continue making this all possible for families when they need us most. 



Have a Heart for Calums Cabin

and organise one of the following: 


Host your own Afternoon Tea for Calums Cabin 

Our Calums Cabin Ladies Afternoon Teas are famous for being full of fun, flavour and fundraising. Recreate your own Afternoon Tea at home, with friends, with

colleagues or at school, college or uni. 


How does it work? 

Ask your guests to make a donation to attend. Let everyone bring their own sweet treats and a bottle of fizz. Pimp your prosecco or apple juice for a donation, play some fun games (we love "What's in your Handbag?" or even more dangerous "What's on your phone?"). You could hold a raffle, ask everyone to follow a gold theme for their baking and clothing represent the Childhood Cancer Awareness Gold Ribbon. You could even make some little ribbons for guests to buy for a small donation to help raise awareness. 


We'll provide you with balloons, banners, materials and plenty of advice to get you set up and ready to hold an incredible afternoon. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to sign up and find out more - then we'll send you out everything you need! 



If hosting an Afternoon Tea isn't your thing, why not... 


·         Make a donation to Calums Cabin

·         Host a Calums Cabin Cake off at work or school - don't forget to make it gold-themed

·         Sell Golden Tickets to win a prize at in your workplace or with fellow students. You could ask local businesses to donate something special!

·               Host your own "Going for Gold" quiz night

·          Get a team together to run for gold in this year’s Great Scottish Run 10K or half marathon – we’ll be there to cheer you on too! 

·         Hold a gold-themed or “Golden Oldies” dance party or night out

·         Create a gold jewellery party, costume parade, or fashion show

·         Make & sell simple gold ribbon pins for a small donation

·         Host an awareness event – let us visit you throughout September and explain why your support means so much to children with cancer and their families using all of our properties at Calums Cabin


By taking part, you could be a winner! 

We'll be entering everyone who has a HEART OF GOLD for Calums Cabin this September into a little prize draw to be in with the chance of winning 2 x tickets to our Festive Afternoon Tea & Cinema Event at the Blythswood Hotel this December. Our film this year will be Polar Express and it's a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. 


So join in, get involved and support children with cancer this September


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