The Nurses Choir in NHS Forth Valley has raised over £400 for the Centre with a performance at Forth Valley Royal. Invited guests, hospital patients and visitors were treated to an hour long show in the hospital atrium which featured well loved tunes like Annie’s Song and Loch Lomond.
The Nurses Choir were also saying goodbye to Phillip Todd their Choirmaster who is leaving after three and a half years to pursue a career a filmaking. There was a tearful goodbye at the end for the person who has helped bring together one of the best choirs around whilst maintaining a huge fun element.
Centre Manager Jacquie Winning said:
“It was a great evening and an amazing performance. What a fantastic sound in the atrium at Forth valley Royal and huge turnout of very generous donors to see Phillip’s last performance as Choirmaster.
“We are very grateful for the invitation to take part in this and we hope that at some point in the near future, we can set up a joint singing session with our own Sensory Singers.
“Particular thanks to Lynn Waddell and Rita Ciccu-Moore for making this happen and supporting our Centre.”
You can see some of the performance here:
The Paul Pogba shirt donated by Manchester United raised £600 with the eventual winner being a serial collector with links to the Centre.
Gordon McIntosh has a son who visited the Centre for audiology appointments as a chaild and has always been grateful for the help he recieved. Motivated by this, (and competition within the office to secure the most interesting signed shirt) he was quick to put in the top bid.
Mark Bowman, of Dundas Street Framers also saw the post on social media and having a deaf relative, also wanted to help. He framed the shirt and certificate, for free, saving almost £200 for a truely professional job.
Fundraising Co-ordinator Lynne Frail said:
“We are bowled over with the success of the auction, the first time we have tried something like this and for the generosity of Gordon and Mark. We can’t forget Manchester United of course, it is brilliant that we had a shirted, signed by Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, donated to our charity. Thank you so much, it means a lot to us and the Centre Users.”
You can see more of Mark’s work by following @Dundasframers on Twitter and Instagram.
An update on our Ping Pong Table/Table Tennis giveaway. The winners were 8th Falkirk Boys Brigade who regularly play competitions on meeting nights and use the game for fun and physical activity.
We are delighted that the table is going to a good home with 8th Falkirk Boys Brigade and very grateful to the anonymous lady who dropped off some new nets and balls for the table. Thank you good samaritan!
We have a Ping Pong table going free! A few stipulations; third sector (schools, charities, community centres or groups etc only) and Forth Valley based please. We are doing this via Facebook so please get on an reguister your interest!
Essentially, we have a brand new Butterfly folding Ping Pong table which we are wanting to give away. It is in perfect condition although you might need to get a net for it and of course, this doesn’t come with bats, balls etc. It is this table we have on offer. The list price is £390!
What to do is like and comment on our Facebook post to say what group you are and we will consider the application. Winner will be decided by the Centre in a random draw
Entries/register of interest by end of Wednesday 14th June please and winner to collect by Friday 16th if possible. Thank you very much!
If you are not a member of an organisation but think you know one that might like it (for example your child’s school) then please, share the post and let them know it is available.
Knit and natter has been one of our runaway success groups from the first half of the year and if you join in you’ll understand why!
Some say that there is more nattering than knitting and the group does seem to be fuelled by tea, coffee and snacks, however, that shouldn’t take away from what has become a great story.
Taking place fortnightly on Monday at 12:30 with the next one this coming Monday (19th June) the group counts BSL speakers, deaf people, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted as members. A BSL interpreter is on hand to aid conversation.
At present, the group are making blankets and baby clothes for two different charities. The first is offering a ‘Gift of Warmth’ to refugees and people in need in Africa. The other is Simba a charity in Edinburgh who work with people who have lost a baby at birth. They also knit dishcloths which are on sale from reception for just £1.50!
Group members said that one of the best things was the mix of people involved; “We love the fact that there are deaf people and blind people and everything in between here. Having the interpreter makes a huge difference and allows us to just talk like any other group of friends.”
The group has been particularly good for a number of the blind members, with Lawson commenting: “I used to love knitting but gave up when I lost my sight. Then, more recently I began to ask myself why I stopped. I can still knit, I just need to approach it in a different way.
“Losing my sight isn’t a barrier to doing things, I just need to find a new approach to things.”
Another group member, Christine, has been knitting since age seven and started after she lost her sight. She said: “I have braille patterns and I have always enjoyed knitting. It is very relaxing, especially this group because of all the conversation, but I know knitting is one of those activities which has been shown to be good for mental health, I would certainly agree with that!”
The group is open to new members and there is just a small £1.50 charge to cover tea coffee and biscuits. Wool and needles not provided but a good welcome, helpful advice and instruction, plus lots of conversation is all included!
Our Summer 2017 newsletter is now available for download. It is packed with features and articles about what we have been doing, our volunteers, Centre Users and staff.
This edition features articles by Laura Cluxton and Jim McLean as well as a look ahead to some of our upcoming activities such as the Charity Shop in Grangemouth, Malvina’s Garden in August and The Great Scottish Run in October.
Jim’s letter this week comes from Kinloch Hourn and you can find out more information on the RNIB’s Online Today support available free at the Centre.
You can download a copy in Word format or if you would prefer to recieve a copy as an email directly to your inbox, please sign up through the website.
Finally, you can meet one of our most recognised volunteers, bus driver Alan Anderson, and find out all you ever wanted to know!
Suggestions for articles and features in future editions are most welcome. Contact Martin at the Centre for more information.