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Perthshires Enchanted Forest branches out

Posted onAugust 11, 2014

Perthshires Enchanted Forest branches out

Perthshires Enchanted Forest branches out

THE Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award winning sound and light show, has announced that it has released an additional 1,500 tickets for Thursday 2nd October when it will hold a dedicated charity event, the proceeds from which will be split equally between two Scottish charities: Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Autism Scotland.

Over 45,0000 tickets went on sale for The Enchanted Forest’s 13th event, elemental, in June and organisers are already predicting a sell-out show this year with demand for tickets already up by 37 per cent. The release of additional tickets will be welcomed by fans of the show and by supporters of the charities alike.

Graham Brown, chair of the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented: “The Community Interest Company is, for the first time, in a strong position to give back to the local community and we have selected two charities that are very active in this area. It is marvellous to be able to assist Scottish Autism and CHAS with a charity night on the 2nd October and we wish them well and hope that they will benefit greatly from this unique fundraising opportunity.”

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest, added: “This is an exciting development for the show. As a community-based event, we are very committed to giving something back and the two charities chosen both do exceptionally important work to support families and children across Scotland.

“Every year we get very positive feedback from customers whose children are affected by autism, and the profound impact the show has on them. For other families who are facing challenges, such as those supported by CHAS, the show offers an opportunity to enjoy time together and a break from their normal routine. We are proud to be giving both Scottish Autism and CHAS a helping hand.”

Karen Wilson, fundraising manager for Scottish Autism, commented: “We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities to benefit from this event. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our services which support people with autism and their families throughout Scotland. We are also looking forward to bringing along some of our service users to enjoy the experience on the night.”

Alison Rennie, CHAS fundraiser, commented: “We’re very excited to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from The Enchanted Forest’s first ever charity evening. It promises to be a magical event and all the funds received by CHAS will help us to continue to provide vital support to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.”

The 2014 show, elemental, sees the return of the creative team that put together last year’s successful show, with lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and composition by RJ McConnell, and orchestral compositions by Jon Beales.

The Enchanted Forest takes place from Friday 3rd – Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 2nd October are available by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity

Perth Kilt Run – more than just a race

Posted onAugust 6, 2014

Perth Kilt Run – more than just a race

Perth Kilt Run - more than just a race

The spirit of the Commonwealth Games lives on in Perth this weekend with silver medallist Stephen Milne and some of the Scottie Dog stars of the opening ceremony joining hundreds of kilted runners at the 2014 Perth Kilt Run on Saturday (9 August).

There’s still time to sign-up for the 5km run around Perth’s North Inch park. Entry for runners is £13 for adults and £5 for under 16s, with every entrant able to nominate one of the 10 official event charities to receive a £2 donation. Runners can also use the event to raise funds for a charity of their choosing, or just run for the fun of it. Register now atwww.perthkiltrun.co.uk

Even if you’re not coming along to run, there’s still going to be plenty going on to keep you entertained. The day will kick off around 11.30 am with British Military Fitness warming up the participants before handing over to a special mascots race featuring the Kilt Run’s own Hairy McKilty.

The runners will then come under starter’s orders with the 5k beginning at 12 noon. That’s also when the main entertainments start off for spectators, including:

  • free sporting activities with St Johnstone Football Club and Live Active Leisure
  • free mini funfair, bouncy castle and golf practice inflatables
  • free magic show, clown show, facepainting and animal displays

The Kilt Run is also pleased to welcome the Highlander Strongman Challenge, One Man and His Duck (dog and duck display) and a flying bird display by Raptor World.

There’s also entertainments to suit all tastes including the Billy Anderson Accordion Band on the main stage from 12 noon, Perth Pipe Band, Julie Young Dancers and Beats of Brazil.

Charity Photo Exhibition aboard Frigate Unicorn

Posted onAugust 5, 2014

Photographers sought for Charity Photo Exhibition

Charity Photo Exhibition aboard Frigate Unicorn

Charity Photo Exhibition aboard Frigate Unicorn

Andy at Vpix has arranged a charity photo exhibition in aid of Diabetes UK in Dundee and is looking for local amateur photographers to take part and also to promote local small business with raffle prizes from around the Tayside / Fife / Angus areas.

The event takes place on Monday 18th August aboard The Frigate Unicorn in City Quay Dundee. Tickets are available from The Frigate Unicorn or by contacting Vpix direct.

If you want to take part in the evening or want tickets to the event contact Vpix at vpixphoto@outlook.com

Perth Kilt Run 2014

Posted onJuly 30, 2014

Perth Kilt Run 2014

Perth Kilt Run 2014 – still time to sign up
Perth Kilt Run 2014

With just over one week to go Perth Kilt Run mascot Hairy McKilty is calling on as many people as possible to get behind the bid to smash the world record for the number of kilted runners taking part in a race.

Perth Kilt Run will be held on Saturday 9 August on the North Inch in Perth. It’s a flat 5k race suitable for runners of all ages and experience – the only condition is that entrants need to be wearing a kilt!

The Perth Kilt Race began in 2012 following a successful run in our sister city of Perth, Ontario in Canada which saw them set the record for runners in kilts. However, it took until the kilt race last August for Perth, Scotland to wrest the official world record away from Canada with an amazing 1,300 people turning out on the North Inch to land our Perth in the record books.

However, Perth, Ontario still pipped us to the post with an unofficial record for their 2013 race of 1,757 entrants, so this year the bar has been set even higher.

McKilty is looking for 2,014 runners in kilts to join in next Saturday. That’s 2,014 runners of all ages, wearing kilts, taking to the North Inch to smash the world record.

Runners can take part on behalf of one of the ‘clan’ charities the Kilt Run is supporting this year, or they can run on behalf of another charity, or just for fun.

The 10 Kilt Run charities are:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • CHAS
  • Children 1st
  • Erskine
  • Guide Dogs Perth
  • Homestart Perth
  • PKAVS
  • Scotland’s Chair Air Ambulance
  • Soldiers Charity
  • Stroke Association

Registration costs £13 for over 16s and £5 for under 16s. To register and be part of this historic event go to www.perthkiltrun.co.uk

 

4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

Posted onJuly 4, 2014

4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

At 7am this morning  Stewart Walker, John Jakeman, Dave Rowe and Kenny Clarkson began rowing from Broughty Ferry (Dundee) to Tower Bridge (London).  Hopefully their journey will take no more than ten days. They are rowing continuously, with a rotation of two people rowing for two hours while the other two rest. They are unsupported, and need to eat sleep and everything else on the boat. It won’t be pretty.

As their friends, colleagues, team mates, family members and hangers on, they are hoping you would sponsor them to complete this (ambitious) challenge.  All of the proceeds will go to Maggie’s Centres, a truly worthy cause.  Maggie’s Centres do a huge amount of good work offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

Please use the page below to donate whatever you can. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/Tay2Tower/

Updated 5th July

Unfortunately since this story was posted it has emerged that the guys only made it to St Andrews. The boat was damaged and although all four are safe they have abandoned their attempt to possibly retry it next year.

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

Posted onJune 12, 2014

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

Local fundraising co-ordinators Along Came Kirsty are looking for your help in raising funds to help fund for special changing facilities in Arbroath.

Arbroath man Grant Speed will next month undertake a gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle to raise funds for changing facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown.

Grant has seen the difficulties his sister Lois faces finding suitable toilet and changing facilities when she takes her son and daughter, Kien and Kelsey, out for the day. Inspired by the work of PAMIS, the University of Dundee-based charity campaigning for ‘Changing Places’ toilets to enable anyone to use the facilities in comfort and safety, regardless of the difficulties they face, to be installed across the country, will cycle from Leeds to Arbroath from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th July.

The start of the challenge has been chosen as Grant is a long-time fan of Le Tour De France, which starts in Leeds this year. After a weekend as a Tour Maker in Yorkshire, he will make his way home by bike on what he has dubbed ‘Loo Tour de Britain’.

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The first phase of the journey will see him cycle 290 miles from Leeds to Edinburgh from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th July. He will then bike bridge-to-bridge, the 70 miles from the Forth to Tay, the following day before an easier 10 miles from Dundee to Arbroath harbour on the final day, the final stretch of which has been called the ‘Family Mile’ when everyone is welcome to join Grant and bike, stroll or push from Kerr’s Miniature Railway to the Harbour.

“I have seen the constant battle that Lois and my niece and nephew have been trying to access a suitable changing facility when they are out and about for the day,” said Grant. “Having seen the work done by PAMIS and the Changing Places campaign, I want to raise money to build a Changing Places Toilet in Arbroath.

“Lois believes this would not only benefit her son and daughter but many other individuals, families and carers who face similar difficulties and who would also benefit from this type of toilet facility. This is a basic need that should be met to help ensure that people can get out and about more easily without having to plan trips around distance of a local sports centre where toilet and changing areas are not always suitable or available.”

Designed to be bigger and better than conventional accessible toilets, these toilets are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and up to two carers, a ‘Changing places’ standard fixtures of overhead hoist, peninsula toilet, basin and height adjustable changing bench.

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The campaign has been working for several years to get these standards included in the building regulations. Without Changing Places toilets people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy are forced to stay at home or their family carers have to resort to changing them on dirty toilet floors.

The Changing Places campaign is aiming to ensure that there is at least one public toilet built to the Changing Places standard in every town centre with a population greater than 15,000 and within each new public building such as shopping centres, concert halls, railway stations etc.

Grant and his supporters have already raised more than £1200 towards the target of £10,000.

Anyone is welcome to join the fundraiser and do all or part of the route with him or to sponsor him at http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/LooTourDeBritainforChangingPlaces

Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Posted onJune 5, 2014

Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri - Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri explains how Dundee has led the way in many areas of medical research as he welcomed the launch of new Palliative Care charity PATCH, of which he is patron.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. 

The charity’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, consists of Sir Michael Nairn Bt (Chairman), Mr Ian Barnard, Dr Pamela Levack, Mrs Trudy McLeay and Mr Jim Pickett. Ms Mary Mackenzie RGN is PATCH’s Nursing Advisor. “We are honoured to have Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri as Patron,” added Sir Michael.

“The immense knowledge and experience of every member of our team in their personal areas of expertise is a reflection of the significance of this charity, which will have an immense effect on the national provision of hospital palliative care services.”

PATCH Medical Director Dr Pamela Levack, who is a retired Consultant in Palliative Medicine, explained that caring for those approaching the end of their lives is a core hospital activity but there is limited availability of 24/7 specialist palliative care. “Hospices provide outstanding specialist services but more than half of us will die in hospital,” said Dr Levack.

The Royal College of Physicians recently highlighted the continuing need for specialist palliative care to be available seven days a week. PATCH’s vision is that patients in hospital will, if required, receive specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be of immense benefit to patients and to their families.”

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Posted onJune 5, 2014

Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

In the 1970′s cancer patients were given a cocktail of morphine, cocaine and gin for pain relief.

The original idea for an oral mixture of morphine and cocaine helping patients in agony with advanced disease is credited to surgeon Herbert Snow in 1896.

The Brompton cocktail is named after the Royal Brompton Hospital in LondonEngland, where it was invented in the late 1920s for patients with tuberculosis. While its use has been rare in the 21st century, it is not entirely unheard of today. It was far more common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients.

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Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Posted onJune 4, 2014

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael gives an emotional account of his own wifes death from breast cancer at the launch of PATCH.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.

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Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Posted onJune 4, 2014

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.  The reception was attended by PATCH’s Board of Directors and their guests, who were welcomed to the launch by the Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan. “The city of Dundee leads the way in so many fields of medicine and it is wonderful news that we were now also leading the way in ensuring people who are very ill receive the best possible palliative care,” said the Lord Provost.

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