Parliament motion praises Bute charity’s work

Supporters of Calum's Cabin undertook a 'practice Kiltwalk' on Bute on Saturday, March 21, in preparation for the main event in April.
Supporters of Calum's Cabin undertook a 'practice Kiltwalk' on Bute on Saturday, March 21, in preparation for the main event in April.

A motion has been raised in the Scottish Parliament praising the work of Bute-based charity Calum’s Cabin.

The motion, put forward by the SNP’s Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie, had attracted the support of 19 MSPs at the time this article was published.

It notes that 347 people will raise money for the charity by taking part in this year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk, which takes place on Sunday, April 12 and will see participants walk 26 miles from Hampden Park to Loch Lomond.

Some of those 347 supporters travelled to Bute on Saturday, March 21 to take part in a ‘practice Kiltwalk’ over 16.8 miles, which visited both of the holiday homes run by Calum’s Cabin to provide short breaks on Bute for seriously ill children and their families.

Mr Mackenzie’s motion asks: “That the Parliament recognises what it considers the incredible work of Calum’s Cabin, based in Rothesay, in providing families of children with cancer the chance to have a holiday together; believes that the idea to have a place where irreplaceable memories could be made came from Calum Spiers, a 12-year-old boy who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour; understands that Calum’s mother, Caroline, his father, Duncan, and twin sister, Jenna, started fundraising to buy a caravan to allow families dealing with a child with cancer to come to Bute; understands with sadness that Calum died 13 months later and was unable to see the development of his heart-warming idea; notes that tireless fundraising and generosity has allowed Calum’s wishes to help others live on; commends the Spiers family, the volunteers who assist in the shop and with the cabins and the community of Rothesay in enabling 103 families, including 311 children, in 2014 to enjoy precious moments in difficult times, and wishes the 347 walkers raising money for Calum’s Cabin at the 2015 Kiltwalk the very best of luck.”