Heather Baillie, Development Officer for East, South and North Ayrshire, gives a round-up of the latest fundraising event for Age Scotland.
Congratulations to over 150 members from across Age Scotland groups in the south region of Scotland. The 23rd June saw them come together to celebrate active ageing on the Isle of Cumbrae in the rain, but in style!
The day was an idea that came from the Ayrshire Network members to celebrate the World Congress on Active Ageing coming to Glasgow this August. Members walked round sections of the island of Cumbrae to raise funds for Age Scotland and their own groups.
Age Scotland staff also got in on the action and cycled around the island, raising funds for the charity. Thankfully the rain stayed off long enough for the cycle!
The day allowed members the opportunity to come together and enjoy a fun activity away from all regular meetings, with some walking and some just coming along for a day out.
Members of Age Concern Cumbrae opened up their hall to offer everyone an all-day coffee morning and what a treat it was, with enough home baking to feed an army and all donated by residents on the island. The hall was buzzing with people coming together and chatting, a raffle was held by the Isle of Cumbrae Elderly Forum and Age Concern Girvan held a treasure hunt.
Mobility Aid Services were also present on the day and kindly donated the use of a scooter which allowed one member the opportunity to join in the fun on the day and scoot around the island raising funds for Age Scotland.
We are still counting the money that was raised, but at present approximately £945 has been raised for Age Scotland from the staff cycle and £439 for Age Scotland from our members doing sponsored walks around the island (all these figures are still to include gift aid). Around £1500 has been raised from groups who took part in the sponsored walk and who organised events on the day. So thank you to all involved and we’ll maybe see you next year!