Focus on Fundraisers
Charity shop makes its first donation to Margaret Kerr Unit
Since opening its doors at the beginning of February, ‘Charity for Care’ in Kelso has seen significant support from the local community, so much so it has made its first donation to palliative care in the Borders much earlier than originally planned. On Thursday, 23rd April the committee and volunteers from Charity for Care were joined by Lesley Fairbairn, one of the Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists from NHS Borders, who accepted a cheque for £10,000 on behalf of the Palliative Care service.
The money has been raised in only the first 3 months of trading for Kelso’s newest charity shop, something which has astounded its founder Eilean Hogarth and her volunteers. Eilean said: “We can’t believe we are in this position so soon after opening. The shop has been very busy and people have been incredibly generous but we certainly didn’t expect to be able to make a donation like this quite so soon.” The success of the shop is being put down to her hard working team and the support of the public. Eilean explains: “We are fortunate that the items being donated are of a really good quality and the public seem so keen to support us, but it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic team of volunteers who give their time so generously. The money will go to the difference, the NHS Borders Charity, and specifically to the endowment fund for palliative care both in the community as well as in the Margaret Kerr Unit. Karen Nairn, Fundraising Manager for the difference said: “I am really pleased that all Eilean’s hard work has paid off and the shop is proving a success, she has an excellent team around her and this amazing donation will really enhance the palliative care provided in the Scottish Borders.” This significant donation doesn’t mean the Charity for Care team are resting on their laurels, they soon hope to open the upstairs of the shop specifically for bridal and formal wear. Any donations of this nature can be handed in to the ‘Charity For Care’ Shop on 8 Bridge Street, Kelso between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.
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Back Row: Betty Hughes, Catriona Allan, Stella Gillie, Joan Robertson, Linda Paterson, Rosie Radway
Front Row: Marion Dodd, Helen Stuart, Pam Newington, Eilean Hogarth, Greta Hall, Lesley Fairbairn (NHS Borders), Jim Mackie
Hospital Radio raised £3000 for Labour Ward Scanner
Borders Hospital Radio Service (BHRS) raised over £3000 for the difference to help buy a portable ultrasound scanner for the labour ward in the Borders General Hospital through their Christmas Prize Draw.
The small but dedicated team of volunteers put in many hours of work in the weeks leading up to Christmas; selling raffle tickets within the hospital and collecting prize donations from local businesses and individuals. The response was impressive with everything from a spa day to a mountain bike on offer, and not forgetting the cuddly toy!
Borders Hospital Radio Service Chairman, Ewen Thomson said “We just love doing this Christmas Prize Draw, it’s hard work but it’s also great fun and generates a real buzz around the hospital at Christmas time. We couldn’t do it without the generous donations and support from the local community so we are grateful to everyone who has contributed.”
BHRS is a charity themselves and previously their Christmas Prize Draw helped boost their own funds but they wanted their latest draw to provide something for the hospital and it has proven worthwhile having raised more than ever before. Ewen explains “We heard the labour ward was hoping to buy a new scanner, it was perfect timing for our prize draw and we were keen to help.”
This donation will be added to the recent contribution made by the Friends of the Borders General Hospital in order to purchase the new equipment. Borders General Hospital currently has a portable ultrasound scanner but it is used by multiple clinics therefore this additional scanner will help deal with this demand and ensure women visiting the Labour Ward can be scanned as quickly as possible.
NHS Borders Head of Midwifery, Nicky Berry, said; “We are very grateful to Borders Hospital Radio Service for the time and effort they have given to help raise funds for the scanner for the labour ward. They already provide a great service to patients, visitors and staff so for them to do this as well is very kind.”
Anyone interested in volunteering with Borders Hospital Radio Service can leave a message for the team on 01896 826077.
Team Teribus Triumph
Last year Jamie Scott, Scott Robson, Cammy Rudkin, Jamie Heatherington, Arron Mackenzie, Mark Nichol, Ross Nichol and Ryan McGee got carried away in conversation over a pint. They found themselves agreeing to undertake some of the toughest challenges in the UK. They were going to have to get fit quick. They booked places on the Deerstalker, Scottish Half Marathon and the killer Glencoe Marathon and agreed to ‘squeeze’ the three peaks challenge in too. Ross Nichol said, “We wanted the money we raised to stay local so we chose to support the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH and Radio Borders’ Cash for Kids. We decided to split the money down the middle.” Last weekend Team Teribus were able to hand over a cheque for £3160 for our Specialist In-Patient Palliative Care Unit. Cammy Rudkin said, “it is a great honour and privilege to be able to handover these cheques to two brilliant causes.” Morven Paterson, from the fundraising team at the difference said “thank you so much for working so hard to raise this money for the Margaret Kerr Unit. Your inspiring drive, strength and stamina will make a huge difference for Palliative Care in the Borders.”
When asked which was their favourite challenge, Mark Nichol said definitively “The three peaks challenge was my personal favourite. It was tough because we hardly slept all weekend but it was a cracking experience climbing Snowdonia, Scafell Peak and Ben Nevis in 24 hours. We finished with Ben Nevis and we were knackered. Arron was so exhausted, we had to take all the water he was carrying out his bag just to keep his legs moving. But it was a brilliant weekend.” Conversely, Jamie Heatherington said that the most difficult one was the Glencoe Marathon “it was a trail marathon, the terrain is rough with a 1600m ascent in 26.2 miles including a gruelling 500m climb up the Devil’s Staircase. But Glen Nevis is absolutely stunning and it’s a pretty dramatic backdrop to a marathon”.
Jamie Scott said “We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year from donations to help with organising things through to best wishes as you walked along street. It has been a fantastic year.”
Scott Robson captured it all in true teri style: “Great effort from all the lads, been a long year with a lot of ups and downs! Oov laughed the gither cryed the gither and drank the gither! Ah worth it in the end, two great local charities one very close to my heart! Proud to have been a member of Team Teribus! Cheers lads!”
Maureen Matthews walks for Borders General Hospital
Maureen Matthews has inspired the people of the Borders this summer after taking on the task of raising £1000 for the BGH by walking three miles from her old house to her new house two years after Maureen and her husband Steve were in a tragic accident in Melrose. They sustained serious injuries, both external and internal, and both had a leg amputated. Maureen and Steve were in hospital for nearly seven months – but after more than a year of complex surgery, intense rehab and gruelling physio, they are both able to walk again crediting the work of the Borders General Hospital staff with saving their lives and getting back home to their son Robbie.
MKU Cup 2014
The second annual MKU Cup Football Tournament was a royal success! After a sore lose at the final last year the MK11 won the tournament spectacularly, leaving Wood Mackenzie in second place out of the six teams that played! Congratulations boys!And as a fundraiser it certainly hit the back of the net because they have raised £2567 so far through entry fees and a rather grand raffle. We couldn't be more pleased for them!
Melburn Lodge Walk for Wards
The team at Melburn Lodge organised a sponsored walk to raise money to implement 'Playlist for Life'. With Playlist for Life families and caregivers of a person with dementia can create a playlist which is meaningful and unique and save it on an iPod, which can be provided day or night at the patient’s request.
The team raise £847.50 which is a tremendous achievement. They have already started working on this with their first patients having created playlists with relatives and downloaded tracks onto an iPod shuffle.
These personalised playlists can stimulate engagement and even trigger memories while boosting the mood of many dementia patients. We are delighted to see it here in the Borders.
Jennifer raises money for Borders Dialysis Unit
Jennifer has raised £621.74 for the Dialysis Unit, with the help of her brother, Derek, and sister, Aileen. They ran a lucky squares competition, then got fundraising fever and decided to hold a coffee morning in St Boswells Village Hall at the end of June. They had a bottle stall, a raffle, a book stall and a cake and candy. Thank you and well done!
Jennifer’s sister Aileen is receiving dialysis treatment at the Dialysis Unit in the BGH and the family want to give something back.
From left to right: Sarah Sutherland, Dyan Slorance, Christine Wilson, Anne Renton, Liz Coutts with Aileen Stewart and Jennifer Butler ______________________________________________
From left to right: Sarah Sutherland, Dyan Slorance, Christine Wilson, Anne Renton, Liz Coutts with Aileen Stewart and Jennifer Butler
Year long beard shaved off for The Margaret Kerr Unit
Presley Horne has raised £1471 for The Margaret Kerr Unit. Presley’s step dad, David, passed away in the Margaret Kerr Unit on 7th June 2013 after spending his last weeks in the Unit. Presley said “I honestly can’t thank the staff enough for the way they cared for him and made him as comfortable as possible they are amazing people, doing an extremely hard job.” He decided that he wanted to give something back. So, on that very same day, he put his razor away and grew his beard for a year. On 7th June 2014 he shaved it off to raise money for the Unit. Before and after pictures below! Thank you so much Presley.
Jamie’s Dialysis Marathon
Jamie Orr, pictured with his Grandad Jimmy, ran Edinburgh Marathon this year for the third time. This year he decided to dedicate his fundraising to the Borders Dialysis Unit because his Grandad is receiving Dialysis Treatment there.
Jamie did a fair amount of fundraising in the run up to the marathon, raising a final sum of £1353. Congratulations on both finishing the race and on raising so much money.
Galashiels Academy Pupils raise money for The Margaret Kerr Unit
S4 pupils from Galashiels Academy have raised £69.90 by running a series of events, from washing cars to cake sales. Some of the pupils have had experience in the Margaret Kerr Unit as relatives, so they wanted to make the difference for other patients. Thank you guys!
From left to right: Fraser Cranston, Brandon Wythe, Samuel Hartswood, Taylor Johnston, Meghan Falconer.
Students raise money for SCBU
HNC Admin and IT Students from Borders College Galashiels have raised money to go to the SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) and Donkey Sanctuary by organising a quiz. As part of a communications module of their course, students Donna Gibson, Emily Elder, Jordan Tracy and Nadia Marcantonio had managed to get £100 worth of funds from the Students Association, with which they bought a tablet, the top prize for their highly successful fundraising quiz.
Running to make the difference in the Borders
We are incredibly fortunate to have had a number of runners at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon for various different funds. Each runner has their own story to tell:
Stuart Black and friends
Stuart Black and four friends from Coldstream Football Club ran the marathon. Stuart did the full marathon, and the other four ran the baton relay as a team. They wanted to raise some money for their club and share it with a local charity so they have decided to donate some of their funds to the Borders Cancer Centre in the BGH. The ‘hairy haggis team relay’ is split into four legs with quite compelling names!
Leg 1: The Royal Leg - 8.3 miles
Leg 2: The Cock & Pan Leg - 5.5 miles
Leg 3: The Gosford Leg - 8 miles
Leg 4: The Glory Leg - 4.4 miles
“The Running Clarks”
“The Running Clarks” – ran for the Dialysis Unit in memory of Hugh Clark, their dad, uncle and brother. Hugh was a dialysis patient, and the Clarks decided to run the marathon in recognition of the “doctors and nurses who made Hugh’s final years so much more bearable.” They have raised £1209.70! Well done to the Clarks!
James Gold, a Ward 12 staff nurse, unwittingly started a whole appeal when he committed to running the Edinburgh Marathon. He decided a few months ago that he wanted to raise money for a bladder scanner for the ward when one of his running friends persuaded him that a marathon was a great idea! How cruel! James has run five half marathons, but running 26 miles is just not James’ thing and he has not enjoyed training but he is pushing the limit for the cause. He was apprehensive about the distance but a pre-race bowl of porridge and honey is sure to keep him going and peanut m&m’s along the way kept him going.
And the rest of the appeal? One of the best bits about the marathon according to James, is that team participation has been phenomenal: members of the team and ex-nurses have pulled together to make bladder scanner a ward effort.
A last minute entrant with a first class time, Jamie decided to raise money for the dialysis fund to improve the patient experience. His Granddad receives dialysis treatment and Jamie, a regular marathon runner, decided to run for the Dialysis Unit this year. He has more than doubled his £500 target and has raised £1223!
Rebecca's Killiecrankie Bungee Jump!
Rebecca and her boyfriend Mikey did a bungee jump this year for the Palliative Fund. Rebecca's mum has been cared for in the Unit and she made the brave decision to do a bungee jump to raise money for the help little extras, such as flowers, tea and coffee facilities, and magazines are provided to future patients and their families. Their immensly brave bungee jump raised £1,232 and Rebecca assured us that she really enjoyed it and would even do it again...!
BGH Volunteer raises money in memory of his late parents
George Anderson, a BGH Participation Group Volunteer has raised the grand total of £410 to be shared amongst three of NHS Borders endowment funds: heart, stroke and palliative care.
George, who is photographed with his dog Cindy, invited family and friends to his birthday party which was held in Coldstream and requested that they bring donations for a local charity in lieu of gifts to honour his 70th birthday. It was a memorable day with many people in attendance, including his oldest friend who he met when he was one year old – 69 years of friendship!
Explaining the motivation behind his fundraising George said: “My parents were both cared for by NHS Borders Stroke and Palliative Care Teams, and they both suffered from heart complaints. I was their full time carer for 11 years and it is in recognition of the care that they received in the Borders General Hospital that has lead to this donation and to my involvement in voluntary groups.” Since first becoming an NHS Borders volunteer, George has come into contact with many staff and other volunteers and enjoys the role that he plays for the health board immensely.
Muddy Angels do The Mighty Deer Stalker Challenge 2014A group of five neices and newphews of a lady who was cared for in the Margaret Kerr Unit completed this year's Mighty Deerstalker in memory of her. She called the nurses in the Unit "her angels", so this name is exceptionally apt for this squelchy endeavour through 10km of the Tweed Valley. They almost doubled their fundraising target of £1000, raising a grand total of £1,833.98! Here is a picture of the very Muddy Angels at the finish line! Well done and thank you Amir, Susie, Adam, Nick and Emma.
The Mighty Deer Stalker Challenge, Innerleithen 16th March 2013
Five members of staff from Jedburgh Medical Practice accepted 'The Mighty Deerstalker Challenge' on Saturday 16th March 2013. The event was advertised as a 5k adventurous run over the rugged hills and valleys of the Scottish Borders. However in snowy and muddy conditions the course turned out to be more like 5 miles of a turbocharged roller coaster run including many natural and man made obstacles. They all survived 'The Rack', 'The Scree', 'The Tunnel' and numerous crossings of the river and returned home very wet, muddy and exhausted. Some are even considering doing it all again next year!
Pictured are Alison Mabon (Practice Nurse), Sheila Stenhouse (District Nurse), Kerry Woolfendon (Phlebotomist), Dr Ruth Dorward and Dr Morag Robertson along with friends and family who also completed the course.
Kerry raised over £500 in sponsorship for the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH
The Co-op Raises £5,500 for Margaret Kerr
The Co-operative food stores of the Borders District have been fundraising for The Margaret Kerr Unit and presented Clare Oliver, Fundraising Manager with a cheque for £5,500. We would like to thank every at the Co-op for suppoting our appeal.
Minto Golf Club Donation to Margaret Kerr
Thank you to everyone at Mnto Golf Club who raised £205.50 for the Margaret Kerr Unit.
Kelso High School Pupils Raise Funds For Margaret Kerr
Thank you to Lottie, Craig, William, David and Daniel from Kelso High School S4 ASDAN who raised £51 for The Margaret Kerr Unit from their sponsored bike run.
Mr Jimmy Wilson, Chair of Maxton 21 presented NHS Borders fundraising team with a cheque for £600 to benefit The Margaret Kerr Unit. Maxton 21 is a community group which holds parish events throughout the year. Now in it's 11th year we were pleased members have chosen us as this year's charity.
St Boswells Brownies Raise £627
Well done to St Boswells Brownies who raised the fantastic amount of £627 from a sponsored swim. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and to those who sponsored the girls.
Fundraising Reaches £900,000
A donation of £26,500 by the Order of St John's has taken us over the £900,000 mark! For more information please follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-20244217
Ian, Joanna, Jane & Wayne Complete the Great North Run for Margaret Kerr!
Thank you to Ian & Joanna Stewart, Jane Woodcock and Wayne Lawrence who raised over £2,000 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal by running the Great North Run!!
Andy Bennett Jumps for SCBU
Andy Bennett pictured here with his son Kris donated £1362 to SCBU, gratefully received by Shirley Syme. Andy raised this fantastic amount by jumping out of a plane!!!!
The Great Edinburgh 10k Run
Well done to everyone who completed the Great Edinburgh Run in aid of The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. It was fantastic to see so many orange t-shirts!
S W R I Coffee Morning
The ladies of the Coldstream Branch of the SWRI held a most successful coffee morning on Saturday 22nd September. The excellent sum of £553.21 was raised for the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH. This was made up of the profit from the Coffee morning of £313.80 and also the proceeds from the Link Word Quiz which was organised by Mrs Ella Purves and which made the sum of £239.41. To show how well travelled these quizzes are the winner was a lady in Glenrothes! A big thank you to Ella for all her hard work and to everyone who donated raffle prizes and home baking, helped behind the scenes or attended the Coffee Morning. We couldn’t do it without you!
Rudi, Bailey & Niamh Car Wash for Margaret Kerr
Thank you to Rudi & Bailey Brown & Niamh Ridley who raised £100 with a sponsored car wash.
Mary, Gillian & Andrew Climb Ben Nevis for Margaret Kerr
On a rainy Sunday in September Mary Begg & Gillian & Andrew Sutherland climbed Ben Nevis for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. Despite the poor weather they were able to complete the climb in just under 6 hours and raised over £300!
Gala Ladies Lunch for Margaret Kerr
Well done to Gala rugby Ladies who raised over £350 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal, at their first ladies lunch of the season on 8th September 2012. Thank you to everyone involved.
'Dudes Climb The Ben' for Margaret Kerr!
On Saturday 4th August a group of 10 gents from Hawick set off to conquer Britain's tallest peak, Ben Nevis. The walk was organised by Wully Potts (seen here in this amazing photograph).
Wully started fundraising for us after his daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has already raised over £6000 for various cancer charities after completing a sponsored walk last year.
Thank you 'dudes' for making such a fabulous difference.
Lauderdale Community Choir Raise £1125 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
Lauderdale Community Choir raised the brilliant sum of £1125 at their recent concert in aid of The Margaret Kerr Unit.
Ward 11 Staff Raise £975 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
Ward 11 staff at Borders General Hospital have donated £975 to The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal raised from their recent sponsored walk. Thank you to all those who supported this fundraiser, including S&S Snacks and The Station Bar who provided food and drinks for this event.
Borders Voluntary Community Care Forum Raise £427.84 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
After a successful 70's Night Borders Voluntary Community Care Forum staff were able to present Clare Oliver, Fundraising Manager with a cheque for £427.84 in aid of The Margaret Kerr Unit for Appeal.
Charity Golf Day Raises £1322 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
Well done to Albert Thompson who organised a Palliative care Charity Golf Competition on Friday 4th May 2012, raising the fantatic sum of £1322 for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. Thank you to all that took part.
Borders Vintage Automobile Association Donate £2,303 to The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
The sun was shining on 20th May 2012 when members of the Borders Vintage Automobile Association handed over a cheque for £2,303 to benefit the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. Visitors to the event also donated a further £342.24 into our collecting buckets.
Friends of BGH Handover £35,000 to The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
At their Annual General Meeting on 8th May 2012, Chairman of The Friends of BGH, Jennifer Croall handed over a cheque for £35,000 to Clare Oliver, Fundraising Manager for The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. The pledge from the Friends totals £70,000, with the balance due to be handed over at the end of the year, after a number of additional fundraising events have taken place, including the Great North Run.
Kris Bennett and Family Donate £1,000 to The Special Care Baby Unit
Kris Bennett, pictured with his mum and dad, handed a cheque to Jane Kennedy, Senior Charge Nurse, SCBU. Kris's dad Andy fundraised to give something back to the unit after they cared for Kris when he was born and was very poorly.
Employees At Plexus Kelso Raise Over £6000 For Children's Ward
Employees of Plexus in Kelso have raised an incredible £6405 for the Children’s Ward at the Borders General Hospital. Following a successful years fundraising which included raffles at a summer barbeque and at the Christmas party, Fundraising Manager Clare Oliver gratefully accepted a cheque from Willie MacKinnon, Vice-President Customer Management, EMEA. Commenting on the donation Willie said; “Each year employees are asked to nominate a charity and we were delighted when the children’s ward was selected as the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts for 2011. Plexus matched pound for pound every penny that was raised by employees and we are delighted to be handing over such a significant sum of money”.
Libby and Heather Run 5K!
Congratulations to Libby Kennedy and her daughter Heather who ran the Edinburgh 5k on 4th December 2011 to support the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal and raised the fantastic sum of £481.50!
Well Done R P Adam Fundraisers!
Well done to R P Adam's fundraisers who have raised the fantastic sum of £2175.70 for The Margaret Kerr Unit by a group of walkers walking from Cauldshiels Loch to Selkirk and a team cycling 26 miles around the borders, which was particularly challenging due to the windy condition. Thankfully everyone made it back safely, arriving at Selkirk Football Club where a fun day was held for friends and family.