Calum’s Cabin up for National Lottery award

Calum's Cabin has been providing holiday retreats for families with seriously ill children since February 2009.
Calum's Cabin has been providing holiday retreats for families with seriously ill children since February 2009.

Bute-based charity Calum’s Cabin has been nominated in this year’s prestigious National Lottery Awards - and it needs your votes to win!

Calum’s Cabin has made it through to the final seven nominees in the Best Health Project category - the only Scottish project to make it through to the category’s shortlist.

A coveted National Lottery Awards trophy and a £2,000 cash prize is up for grabs if the project gets the highest number of public votes.

Calum’s Cabin was set up as one of the last wishes of 12-year-old Bute resident Calum Speirs before he died from an inoperable brain tumour in 2007.

Calum wanted other seriously ill children to be able to enjoy a holiday retreat on the island, and Calum’s Cabin itself was opened in February 2009 and has been full virtually ever since.

A second retreat, Calum’s Cabin Cottage in Rothesay, opened its doors in 2012.

The charity has received £20,000 in National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

To vote for Calum’s Cabin call 0844 836 9699 or log on to the National Lottery Awards website.

Calum’s mum Caroline said: “When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is affected and their normal lives are uprooted. Families visiting Calum’s Cabin are treated to a well deserved break in an idyllic part of Scotland where they can enjoy some stress-free time together.

“We’re delighted that Calum’s Cabin has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards. We hope that the whole of Scotland will get behind us and vote.”

John Barrowman said: “I would urge everyone to get behind Calum’s Cabin and do their bit to ensure they get national recognition for their invaluable contribution to the community.”

There are seven nominees in seven categories in the awards, reflecting the main areas of lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

Voting for the National Lottery Awards is now open, and ends at midnight on Wednesday, July 24. You can vote at You can also follow the voting on Twitter at #NLAwards.

If voting by phone, calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, and calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by the National Lottery.