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3rd July 2020 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Record fundraiser in times of coronavirus

A new fundraising record for the PDSA by a man raising more than £20,000 for its trekking challenge in a week. Next month Kerry Irving, from Keswick in the Lake District, will be walking up to the peak of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, together with two of his spaniels, Paddy and Harry. Irving did the trek for the first time in 2012, with his dog Max who had helped him recover from depression after suffering from chronic pain because of a car accident in 2006. Irving has since written a book about the role Max played in his recovery, called Max The Miracle Dog, and set up a Facebook page that has more than 110,000 followers. He completed a number of fundraising challenges, raising over £165,000 for various charities over the years, including Mind and PDSA. The total on his JustGiving page for this year’s Ben Nevis challenge currently stands at almost £23,000 including GiftAid. PDSA said this is the largest sum raised for a single volunteer challenge in such a short timeframe.

Dad releases charity single

A north-east dad is continuing to honour the memory of his music-loving son by releasing a charity single. Graeme Dorrance lost his five-year-old son Sam to a brain tumour and has since dedicated his time to raising funds for research and awareness to childhood brain tumours. Dorrance, from Stonehaven, and his band Super Moody Tuesday will release their charity single cover and video of ABBA’s SOS on Monday. Sam died in 2016 after a 10-month battle with medulloblastoma, the most common high-grade type of brain tumour in children. Sam’s mum Tanya came up with the idea to raise awareness and much needed funding for brain tumour research when Sam was fighting this aggressive tumour in The Royal Hospital for Children, known as the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. Super Sam’s Fund was started up as a supporter fund within The Brain Tumour Charity and every penny raised in Super Sam’s Fund goes towards research into paediatric high-grade brain tumours.

Milestone reaching out to those who need it most

Forgewood Housing Cooperative and Garrion People’s Housing Cooperative provided their 5,000th meal this week as part of their response to COVID-19. Both Co-operatives secured more than £40,000 of additional funding to deliver a series of activities to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 within the communities of Forgewood in Motherwell and Gowkthrapple in Wishaw. Cathy Brien, director of both Co-ops, said: “Reaching the 5,000 meal milestone has helped to soften the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. The meals along with other interventions were a much welcomed response.” The COVID-19 response is delivered by Forgewood Housing Cooperative and Garrion People’s Housing Cooperative with funding and support from National Lottery Community Fund, Forgewood Holdings, the Scottish Communities Fund, the GOLD Group, ForgeAhead Volunteer Group, Forgewood Housing Cooperative and Garrion People’s Housing Cooperative. 

Group wants to be heard

Glasgow refugees and asylum seekers have come together to form a new campaign demanding "to be heard" after the Park Inn attack last Friday. Refugees For Justice is calling for an end to a "broken, inhumane, and unjust asylum and immigration system" which has left Glasgow with "deep wounds". It comes in the wake of the stabbings at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street which left six injured. The man behind the attack, Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, was shot dead by armed officers. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Mears Group had moved asylum seekers into the hotel. In a manifesto, Refugees for Justice is pleading for a "safe, transparent, supportive and publicly accountable process" in which asylum seekers could voice their concerns without fear of retribution. The group adds that asylum seekers have "silenced, intimidated and threatened" in the past three months after they were moved into the hotels with "very limited access to support". It reads: "We do not deserve this. The City did not deserve this. None of the victims of this devastating tragedy deserve this."We believe a  broken, inhumane, and unjust asylum and immigration system that allows people to be treated this way, and allows our cities, communities and citizens to face such tragic consequences."

Cash boost for north east group

Homelessness charity Aberdeen Foyer has received a £5,225 cash grant from the Morrisons Foundation. It is hoped that the money will help the charity in its mission to support young homeless people across the Aberdeenshire region. The charity will use the funding to ensure that food and essential items will continue to be provided for 50 young homeless tenants – each of whom are currently living in supported accommodation throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Brenda McGinlay, business development manager at Aberdeen Foyer, said: “The young people we support have faced really tough situations and COVID-19 has created additional barriers and increased anxiety. “The grant we received from the Morrisons Foundation has helped us ensure the young people we work with have been able to stay connected and access online support. It has also relieved the worry faced by many around accessing and paying for essential items including electricity/gas, food, toiletries and cleaning products. One of the biggest hits was the vinyl gloves which were not easy to source locally and for those who were worried about shopping, they gave them added confidence and reduced anxiety and vulnerability. A big thank you to the Morrisons Foundation.”