Big boost for Bute charity

Caroline and Duncan Speirs of Calum's Cabin are presented with a cheque for over 1,300 from Lynne Fraser.
Caroline and Duncan Speirs of Calum's Cabin are presented with a cheque for over 1,300 from Lynne Fraser.

Island charity, Calum’s Cabin, has received a welcome boost to the tune of over £1,300 thanks to the efforts of a Bannockburn woman.

Lynn Fraser and her husband Cameron have been a regular visitors to the island over the years, with Cameron spending time here as a child with his parents.

Lynn told us: “As a visitor to the Isle of Bute with my family over the last 19 years I have been aware of the charity Calum’s Cabin and the inspirational and heartwarming story of young Calum Speirs.

“Since Calum’s Cabin charity shop opened, I have always made a point of buying some bits and pieces and then when I picked up my crochet hook again, I always have a batch of baby blankets ready to deliver on my next visit.

“This year I decided it would be really good if I could boost my support for Calum’s Cabin and as my employer, SEPA, recently introduced a staff volunteering scheme I decided to hold a cake sale with a silent auction.

"I also had some of Calum’s Cabin tartan corsages and lavendar to sell. My colleague Andy Martin, a keen cyclist, was participating in the Bute Festival of Cycling’s cyclocross event and very kindly completed the course for sponsorship towards my fund-raising efforts.”

Andy finished the race in style, completing all seven laps and coming in around the middle of the field of competitors.

On the day of the cake sale, Lynne’s SEPA colleagues participated generously, as did the company’s business park neighbours Keep Scotland Beautiful and partners Scottish Natural Heritage.

“My husband’s Falkirk Council colleagues also gave generously to sponsor Andy,” Lynne added.

SEPA’s charity tuck shop contributed £200 and SEPA’s coffee club contributed £75.

“In total they have helped me raise £1,360.19 for Calum’s Cabin,” said Lynne. “Having spoken to Caroline before organising the fund-raiser and knowing that a one-week stay at the cabin costs around £600-650, I was aiming for around this amount. To have topped it so resoundingly is just brilliant, and my thanks go to everyone who donated, baked, bought and ate way more cake than they should have, bid and out-bid each other in the auction, sponsored, cycled and helped on the day.

“Rothesay has always had a special place in my heart and I really enjoyed spreading the ‘I love Bute’ message during my fund-raising efforts.”

* Calum’s Cabin provides short breaks on Bute in luxury purpose-built accommodation for families with seriously ill children, and was set up in memory of Rothesay Academy pupil Calum Speirs, who died aged 12 in 2007 a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. For more information on the charity, click here.