Calums Cabin Newsletter

Calum's Cabin Newsletter
Well the Isle of Bute hasn't had the heat wave that hit sunnier shores south of the border, but on the whole it has been warm and with views like this you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world. It truly is a wonderful place to come, rest, rejuvenate and build up strength for whatever may lie ahead.
If you are interested in applying for any of the remaining dates listed below or if you know of a family who is in real need they can be put on a waiting list for any cancellations as they happen in 2016. Please send us an email on 

12-18 November,
10-16 December,
24-30 December

3-9 December
10-16 December 


Some of our families have been staying in Mount Stuarts new holiday cottages at Quien, with amazing views to Scalpsie and Arran beyond they are a welcome retreat to those that have stayed there.  They maybe used for some of our families during peak available dates in September and October.


Up and Coming Fundraisers
Golf Event - Thursday 22nd September 2016
Due to 2 teams cancelling we still have some space at this years event.
Cost for a 4 ball team is £300.
The format for the day will be emailed to anyone who is interested, the price for a 4 ball will include breakfast rolls and High Tea we only have a limited number of spaces so if you are interested please get in touch FAST!!
Either e-mail or pm us on Facebook
Why not get a group of like minded golfing buddies together and have a fun day out whilst raising funds for Calums Cabin.
Ladies Afternoon Tea - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November
Sold Out

Our annual afternoon teas just keep getting bigger and better. Due to it's success over the past few years we have had to extend the event and hold 2 over the same weekend to keep up with demand.
There is still some tables left on the Sunday, If you have not been to one yet make 2016 the year you join us for an afternoon of fizz, girly fun and live entertainment  
 If you are interested in attending and purchasing a table of 10, 
please send an email to noting your interest.

Christmas Bash - Friday 9th December at the Glasgow Hilton
Calums Cabin are delighted to announce that we will be one of the benefiting charities at the above event. This would make a great works Christmas Day out, a get together of friends and/or family coming together for a fantastic day out while supporting 4 wonderful charities. If you would like more information about the event or the different packages on offer, please get in touch either by sending a private Facebook message or emailing 

We are happy to announce that on 28th July Calums Cabin was the chosen charity of the year for Sainsburys Local Argyle Street/Queen Street Glasgow. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

The last weekend in July was amazingly busy,
we had lots on:
A stall at Butefest 
Our normal shop
The last 2 days at our pop up shop
(everything had to go)
Bag packing at M&S Paisley Friday raised £808.38  and Saturday £1223.77
And of course it was change over day at the cabin, cottage and Quien for our three families who were arriving the next day and met by our meeter greeters. 
Thank you so much to everyone who helped ensure we got through this crazy busy weekend, it means so much we could never do it without you.

It might have rained at the start but it was a great Wee afternoon on the Waverley on Saturday 9th July at our annual ‘trip doon the water’. Thank you to everyone who supported Calums cabin by coming along, and to the Waverley for their continued support.

Double Trouble
After 3 days of sorting, packing, moving, organizing, merchandising and re doing window displays we had 2 Calum's Cabin shops in Rothesay for a month....
For the month of July our regular shop on Tower Street was our New and Nearly New Boutique and was full of clothes, shoes and accessories for all the family. Our temporary shop on 113 Montague Street was full of household items you may need or didn't even know you needed and included a vintage china corner and haberdashery area full of all sorts of fabric remnants. Thanks to everyone who helped in both shops over the month of July, to everyone who donates items and to all our volunteers and of course to Diane who has let us use her shop without you all this opportunity wouldn't have been possible

September is.....
Children's Cancer Awareness Month, please remember all the children fighting their battles just now, the families like us who break everyday as they have lost such a precious part of their family...
The picture above is taken during a memorial service in Glasgow, the balloons (which aren't all shown in this picture) are for each child who has been lost in the last 5 years from the Schiellion ward, and allow us to remember all the hope and dreams that families had for their child gone.

Childhood Cancer claims the lives of more children than all other childhood diseases combined.

Please be vigilant of any early warning signs that you might notice in your child, grandchildren, sibling or friend, please always get any signs checked out. Never take for granted what you have.

Many buildings this month including Calums Cabin will be lit up in yellow, if you see any please remember why it is happening.

The picture above shows so many things to me:

Sadly the large number of children diagnosed, 
How the children are smiling and what courage they have and the
Unity and support of each other.

Please today and everyday in September, remember all those fighting this awful disease.

One of our volunteers Isobel shares her story and her amazing families connection with Calums Cabin in an article in the Greenock Telegraph and tells us how we can raise awareness of Childhood Cancer by Glow Gold September. To read more please click on the image below:

Another great newspaper article was published explaining how a special visitor popped over to Bute in August and spent time at the Cabin and Cottage. Thank you to our families for making ‘Sunny’ so welcome and to Jan who invited him over to see us all.

Please click on the image above if you want to read more in the article.

Thank You's....
Thank you so much to the Forbes Family, Mr Gow and everyone at Forfar Academy for their continued support through Laura's Fun Day, we received the fantastic sum from them of £1682.91.
Thank you to the team at Santander and Lloyds for sending over teams of their amazing employees in July over three turnaround days. 
A big thank you to Gary and his team at Lloyds banking group for a fantastic Great Gatsby ball held on Friday 2nd July .
Thank you so much to Smruta for all their fundraising and taking part in the Great Glencoe Challenge on behalf of Calums Cabin.
Thank you to Irvine Golf Club lady Captain Jill West and lady Vice Captain Margaret Robertson pictured before their annual ladies Open Tri-Am. Captain Jill chose Calum's Cabin and contacted us in July to say they had raised an amazing £3500.

Well done and thank you to Andrew and crew for completing the adrenaline rush course and to Cameron and Charles who completed the Carradale 5k 
Thank you so much to Jackie and Naomi from Marks and Spencer Paisley who came over to visit on 8th July and for bringing presents for our 3 families. 
Thank you so much to 4 golfers who on the 19th July started at the Kingarth Golf Course about 5am,
played 18 holes, carried their clubs about 11 miles to Port Bannatyne Golf Course and played another 18 holes, then walked about 5 miles to Rothesay Golf Course to play another 18!!! 
Thank you to Fiona and her team who made their way up Ben Nevis, having to complete this ascent and decent in only 5 hours. They then went onwards to England's Scaffel Pike and from there lastly to Wales to conquer Snowdon all in 24 hours. fantastic, thank you so much.

Thank you to Fiona and Alistair and team for their Tiree Association sports day tea raised the amazing sum of £606.
Thank you so much to Morrisons in Largs who allowed us to come into their store on the 24th July and bag pack, we raised the wonderful sum of £824.85.
Thank you as well to Steve Irvine and his wife Gillian who came to visit us on 5th August and handed over the fantastic cheque for
£6000 from children's aid.
Thank you to our 6 Kiltwalkers at Speyside, to David, who swam from Arran to Bute in (4-5 hours) and to a group of cyclists, who cycled around Millport. 
Thank you so much to everyone who helped us at our Highland Games stall and to our two 10k runners, it might have been wet but a great day was had.
Lastly thanks to everyone wno participated in one of the 3 zip slide events Calums Cabin took part in this year, with 41 participants we had 3 great days, thank you so so much to everyone who took part and for all their family and friends for supporting them. A big thanks as well to Alps Scotland for their seamless organisation of the events

We appreciate all the time, energy and enthusiasm so many of our supporters put into preparing for sporting events, getting themselves to these events and then finishing the event. We cannot always be with you but we are always thinking of you on the day. The list as always is long and apologies if we don’t mention everyone that has supported us over the last few months:

If you would like to donate to Calum’s Cabin you can also make a secure Credit Card payment using a button on our web page or send your contribution to the address below:
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