Category Archives: Charity

Rainbow Trust: Monica’s Story


Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. They offer the whole family individually tailored, high-quality support for as long as they need it.

Family Support Workers work with up to 25 families at any one time, providing help with whatever they need. Each family is unique, so the support offered is different for each one.  It is flexible and understanding. Family Support Workers work with families to help them cope in extreme and uncertain situations, so that they do not have to cope alone.

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Sending the right Christmas message



With social media making it easier to keep in touch, I’m finding many of my friends don’t bother with Christmas cards any more – preferring to post an online message of festive cheer.

But they still matter quite a bit to me, as a way of telling people I don’t see every day that they are in my thoughts.

I think they’re also a good way of showing the boys that life is about more than typing out a text or poking someone on Facebook.

Putting pen to paper is far more personal than a snowman emoji, and a better way to hold onto relationships that matter.

Christmas cards might be the one time of year I sit down and write to someone I haven’t seen in a while – summarising the news of the last 12 months and how the kids have grown, suggesting a meet-up in the future and even enclosing a family photo.

So Christmas cards are important to me. When it comes to sending them to my loved ones, I go for the following types:

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Where’s Wally? At the Team Honk Danceathon



The lovely blogger Helen, of The Princess and The Pickle, is my guest on the blog today, to share a little info with you on a very special fundraising event……


As I write this, I am recovering from an hour’s Zumba session dressed as Wally, complete with woolly hat and legwarmers. Why, you ask?

Well, I needed a little dress rehearsal for the imminent Comic Relief Danceathon, just to make sure the costume was comfy enough for 6 hours of dancing!  This wasn’t a public exercise class by the way, I’m not quite that brave yet and I’ve got well over a week to pluck up enough courage to leave the house dressed like this!

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Let’s End Going Home Alone


Do you know what I find the saddest thing of all about Christmas?

It’s the fact that charitable giving and goodwill go up a notch at this time – showing that we generally don’t think of others for the remaining 11 months of the year.

And for those who are suffering, the festive season only seems to heighten their isolation, their poverty, their hopelessness.

So when the Royal Voluntary Service got in touch to tell me about their campaign to help the elderly who may be facing coming home from hospital all alone, I was happy to tell you lot all about it.

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Share the Magic with Disney

Woolly and Tig actor Colin McCredie with daughters Maisie, 11, and Betsy, 6.

Woolly and Tig actor Colin McCredie with daughters Maisie, 11, and Betsy, 6

We were invited along to the Glasgow Disney Store last week for a very special launch.

I’m only sorry we couldn’t make it, because I know the boys would have had a great time.

But I wanted to share with you a little of what the Disney Store gets up to at this time of year. We’ll certainly be paying our local outlet a visit very soon to get involved.

This year, The Disney Store is supporting In Kind Direct, for its annual Share the Magic charity campaign, which launched with Scottish celebrities and their families attending Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre Disney Store.

The Share the Magic initiative invites families to post their own Letter to Santa at Disney Stores across the country and online at For every letter posted a soft toy is donated to a child through Disney Store’s chosen national charities, up to a total of 25,000 across the UK and rest of Europe.

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The Big Hour Tea Time for The Rainbow Trust


Have you ever uttered that phrase “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”?

What if you felt like that was literally true – like time with your loved ones was slipping away?

The children’s charity Rainbow Trust is asking people across the UK to take part in its biggest annual fundraising and awareness campaign known as The Big Hour Tea Time.

The event is centred on that extra hour gained when the clocks go back later this month, highlighting how crucial one hour is for families caring for a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

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What you are missing when you knock the no makeup selfies


I’ve read a few blog posts lately, shared on social media, which are knocking the no makeup selfies.

They accuse women of belittling the bravery of cancer patients, they claim they are self-publicising and doing absolutely nothing to raise awareness, they question what they’ve done for the cause, when we’re all aware of the disease anyway.

I’ve even read about a cancer patient who’s offended by the whole movement.

Here’s why they’re missing the point:

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Team Honk Relay: Scotland The Brave


Well, it’s done – and what an exciting few days it’s been.

After much fretting that Scotland might not raise the required £500, the Team Honk Relay has ended with more than £1780 on our fundraising page.

To contribute to a total of over £26,000 from the 10-week challenge, passing a baton from Lands End to John O’Groats.

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Waiting for the Team Honk Relay


We were up at 7.30am – early for a Saturday.

And after loading a packed lunch into the car, it was off to Perthshire and the shores of the River Tay.

Mum was taking part in a whitewater rafting challenge for the Team Honk Relay.

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A postcard of #LastingChange


This is Bertha.

She is a food producer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who has received support from The Gatsby Trust.

Bertha makes three different types of wine, garlic paste and a flour used to make porridge.

In addition to making these products she is also training other women to do the same.

Bertha works from a processing plant that she built herself at the back of her property, with room dedicated to each part of her business.

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