A huge “Thank You” to Howdens’ Ardrossan store for donating the solid wood worktop, state of the art drawer units and storage cupboard for our new Training Room.
We are extremely grateful.
As you can see, the finished look is fantastic!
Our fundraising Fashion Show was intended to help raise funds for some much needed renovation and repair work to the Barony St. John buildings but it turned into something much, much more than that.
Over the last year my charity, The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety (ScotCPS), has worked alongside various charities and businesses representing registered blind people as I developed a Big Lottery sponsored personal safety course specifically for the blind and visually impaired. One of these businesses was PrioritEyes, a North Ayrshire business that provides specialist rehabilitation and support for people who have low or no vision – and it was from PrioritEyes that I got some of the “modelling” team for our Fashion Show.
The gathered audience of almost fifty people cheered and clapped as the models, many using long canes to guide them down the catwalk, strutted their stuff. But when I saw Gillian and the rest of the PrioritEyes models come onto the catwalk, I got a lump in my throat.
It was a very emotional experience and I was so proud to be involved in it.
Gillian Morrow lost her sight about a year ago but then she also found out that she had breast cancer. The subsequent chemotherapy resulted in her losing all her hair but she is a real trooper. Gillian’s own words best describe her feelings;
“I have had a gruelling time with the cancer treatment and at one point I had to move out of my family home to a flat as I couldn’t cope with how it was affecting my family. Although my husband and children are extremely supportive, this Fashion Show was invaluable for me. I know that sounds like an exaggeration but after being bed bound, I was in a wheelchair for some time and I only got my long cane mobility training on Wednesday, so this was the first time I have been able to participate in anything since December. I can’t describe what a positive effect this day has had on me. It’s a massive “one-off” experience that has made me feel like my old self again.”
The visually impaired models, some as young as 11yrs old did us all proud and registered blind founder of PrioritEyes, Norma Bailey, said; “It was fantastic that so many people with low or no vision were involved in this event. Dressing in terrific outfits, walking the catwalk with our long canes and hearing the cheers of the audience, made it an amazing experience for us all and a wonderful day to remember.”
The Fashion Show raised £615.45 and raffle prizes for the event were donated by various local businesses including M&Co, The Kandy Bar Bakery, Garfields, P&M Property Services, The Saltcot Wetherspoons, Cassandara’s Café, Saltcoats Tescos, Stevenston Morrisons, B&M, The Red Squirrel, A. Lothian Butchers and Belhaven Pubs & Restaurants.
I am extremely grateful to everyone involved in making this day happen from the businesses who donated raffle prizes to M&Co for allowing us to run the event in their store, our trustees and volunteers who helped organise the day, all the people who came to watch and support the event and especially the models. Thank you all for making this such a memorable day.
For more information on the Fashion Show and what the fundraising day has managed to finance, check out my charity’s Facebook page on http://www.Facebook.com/ScotCPS but in the meantime, here are a few more photos from the event. 😀
……Okay, our “little job” of clearing the small hall room of debris had turned into a mammoth task.
Paul and Peter (our builders from P&M Property Services) had to don coveralls, face masks and hard hats as dirt, sand, plaster, rubbish and debris of all sorts rained down on them.
We’re guessing that some of the sand used to mix the cement between the sandstone blocks of the walls may have been taken directly off the beach in front of our building.
Strangely, as the dust settled, Paul was left covered in white dust and Peter was covered in black dust.
I’m wondering who’s the saint and who’s the sinner. LOL 😀
And the van load of rubble bags turned into several van loads….
But we need about £20,000 to transform the room into a Training Room – so if anyone reading this knows of a sponsor, funder or someone willing to donate money towards what will be a great room for our charity when dealing with female and child victims and the most vulnerable groups of our society including people with disabilities and the elderly, then please get in touch or click on the “Donate” button on our website http://www.ScotCPS.org.uk
I’d like to say a huge “Thank You” to The Hugh Fraser Foundation for donating £7,000 towards this project.
Every £1 helps and goes directly to this project. No-one at the charity gets paid (including myself) and all the money donated is accounted for to a Board of Trustees and OSCR (I say this to put people’s minds at rest, as far too many charities pay their CEOs a fortune or siphon money into other costs / salaries before they fund the project they are highlighting. We are not one of those charities!)
Many thanks for your help and support, in advance.
Alan – The Ardross-man
I just have to say a huge “Thank You” to The Hugh Fraser Foundation for sending me a cheque for £7,000 to go towards the repair and renovation of what will become the Training / Meeting Room and hopefully an Office area in the Barony St. John in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
The total cost to open these rooms has been estimated at nearly £30,000 and this award will go a long way towards helping us.
Currently, the Training / Meeting Room looks like this –
The floorboards need taking up, the joists replaced, the floor damp proofed sealed and concreted, the walls damp proofed and insulated, the ceiling lowered and insulated, the entire room re-wired with new electrics and heating installed, walls painted and floors carpeted. Wow – we’d almost be cheaper knocking it down and starting again LOL. 😀
But I’m hoping at the end of it all, it will look something like this when complete –
If anyone knows of anyone wishing to sponsor, donate or part-fund the renovation of these rooms, please get in touch.
It’ll be for a good cause – the Training / Meeting Room will be used not only for our charity (The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety)’s First Aid and Personal Safety in the Workplace courses, but also for running various community activities and as a social hub for local youths to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.