Kirsty P
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Scotland Highlights of 2014

Kirsty P
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Kirsty P
18 Dec 2014

We've had a busy year raising money to beat blood cancers in Scotland!

I'm the Regional Manager for Scotland here at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Together with Emma (who is the Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Scotland) we are responsible for managing our supporters, regional runners and regional corporates. We're always here to help.

In the Edinburgh office we’ve had a fantastic 2014, made amazing by all our dedicated supporters who’ve been raising money to beat blood cancer in all sorts of wonderful ways!

1) RBS partnership raises over £5,000

In January we won a Charity of the Year partnership with the Finance Lean Practice Team at RBS Head Office in Edinburgh after one of their colleagues received treatment for a blood cancer.

The team set a fundraising target of £5,000 planned a series of events and challenges across the year, including a World Cup event, raffles, runs, and much more! In the end they raised a fantastic £5,047.70 and the team are looking into having this amount matched by the bank.


2) Our colleague Emma’s 30K for 30 Years challenge

Last year Emma and her sister Tricia decided to create a challenge in memory of their brother that would take place on what would have been his 30th birthday.

They decided to call this challenge 30K for 30 Years and they had a fundraising target of £3,000. It was a lovely, special day and they raised over £4,000!


3) The Renfrew Rotary Club’s Hippo Cycle

The President of the Renfrew Rotary Club, Derek Louttit, is now in remission from acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and so the Club decided to hold a Bikeathon event in May.

The event was called the ‘Hippo Cycle’ and took place on the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae, which is just off the west coast of Scotland, not far from Glasgow.

Participants did laps of the island; even Derek who was still undergoing treatment and so was accompanied by his colleague from the Scottish Ambulance Service on a motorbike.

In total the Rotary Club raised over £6,500 to help us beat blood cancer and are holding the event again in 2015. This time it’s called ‘Hippo Rides Again!’


4) Walk to beat blood cancers

Throughout the year our supporters have been walking to beat blood cancer across Scotland. Our main walking events took place in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow and have raised just under £20,000 in total!


5) Amy Carmichael now in remission!

One of our youngest supporters, Amy Carmichael, found out in October, after 3 years of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) that she was officially in remission! We were so pleased to hear this news! Amy has now raised over nearly £10,000 on her JustGiving page with more money in offline fundraising thanks to Team Amy’s Glasgow Kiltwalk fundraising.


6) Edinburgh Marathon Festival and Loch Ness Marathon Festival

For the first time this year we had charity places in both the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and the Loch Ness Marathon Festival.

At EMF we had nearly 100 runners taking part and they raised between them an incredible £25,000. We have places again for the 2015 Festival so if you’d like to take part, have a look at our website.

We had a brilliant time cheering on our runners at the Loch Ness Marathon Festival too in September. We were slightly baffled by the large walking soup can and we even spotted Nessie!



7) Small Change, BIG Impact in Scotland

This year saw the return of Small Change, BIG Impact for its second year and in Scotland alone we raised over £14,000 thanks to our supporters. We had bag packs, collections, coffee mornings, a bingo night and much more! We definitely put those coppers to work!


8) Zip Slide Across The Clyde

To kick off Small Change, BIG Impact, we held our first ever zip slide event. It took place in Glasgow across the river Clyde and we had 5 participants, including our very own Kirsty who decided to practise what she preaches! The event raised over £2,000 and everyone loved it despite some nerves beforehand! Next year we will also be holding our first ever bungee jump in Glasgow. Sign up here!


9) Lilian Macdonald’s iTunes smash hit

Lilian wrote a song called ‘Never Be Alone’ in support of her boyfriend Kieran who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). It was released on iTunes in May and did amazingly well. It has raised over £1,000.


10) John Lewis Golden Jubilee Trust secondment

Childhood ALL survivor, Emma Blaikie, came to work in the Edinburgh office for 2 days a week over a period of 6 months. During this time Emma organised our first ever Edinburgh Winter Walk and also a Christmas gift wrapping event, which together raised over £7,000! We loved having Emma in the office and she’s going to continue fundraising for us.


Ellie Dawes

What an amazing year in Scotland! Congratulations to the team and everyone involved in all this epic fundraising. Fab blog Kirsty!