Make-A-Wish in Scotland

  

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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A Scottish wish

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Our Scotland Volunteer and Community Fundraising Manager Carolyn Thornton is the person to contact about our fundraising operations in Scotland. She’s based at our dedicated Scotland office in Edinburgh:

Suite 7, 21 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EH

T/F: 0131 535 1037   M: 07740 161988
E: carolyn.thornton@make-a-wish.org.uk

 

 

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative  

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The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is a one-of-a-kind experience that engages young people in social change and empowers them to participate in the growing of compassionate communities.

YPI encourages students to actively participate in the betterment of their communities. Once a Secondary School enrols in YPI, all students in a selected year will take part in YPI as a project within a regular academic course. Once the students choose a Charity to support they present to fellow students and a panel of local business people – if successful they win £3000 for their Charity. Is your School involved with YPI we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Carolyn Thornton, Volunteer and Community Fundraising Manager in Scotland, pictured below with students from Tynecastle High School in Edinburgh who recently won their YPI Challenge. Email carolyn.thornton@make-a-wish.org.uk.

Carolyn with school children

Latest news  


Inaugural West Coast Ball

The West Coast Ball will take place on Saturday 7 June 2014 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. If you would like to attend, please contact Pauline McLeish or Christine Arundel on westcoastmawball@virginmedia.com.

Granite City Ball

The Ball will take place on Friday 29 August 2014 at the beautiful Marcliffe Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen. Tables of 10 cost £1,000. If you would like further information please email granitecityballmaw@hotmail.co.uk, or if you would like to book a table please download the Booking Form.

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A Scottish wish  

12 year old Eve from Aberdeen, who lives with Rett Syndrome (a rare neurological disorder), loves bagpipes! So when we asked her parents what her perfect wish would be, they said a trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo to listen to the bagpipes.

 
On the day of her wish, Eve was given a tour of Edinburgh Castle before taking her seat for the Tattoo, which is a parade of some top-notch military bands and display teams. Having enjoyed the show, Eve met four pipers afterwards - but her Mum, Louise, said Eve’s favourite moment was when the Edinburgh Castle guide was talking about the crown jewels. She said: “It’s hard to get a smile from Eve but she was definitely content and grinning during the castle tour.”

Eve was diagnosed in 2004, but her parents started to notice something was wrong when she was around five months old; Eve wasn’t reaching key milestones and her developmental progress was very delayed. Eve’s condition is characterised by severe Scoliosis (a curved spine), respiratory difficulties and seizures; she relies on ventilation when she is asleep and has an overnight care team. The condition also causes profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities and consequently Eve does not communicate verbally.

Louise said: “The best moment was seeing people interacting with Eve directly. People often don’t know how to communicate with Eve, or find it awkward so talk over her, but everyone spoke directly to Eve and engaged her. Make-A-Wish granted us an experience we could never have arranged ourselves. It provided us with a distraction from Eve’s condition and was a really fun, family day out.” 

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Upcoming events  


Below is a list of our upcoming events: click on the event you are interested in to find out more information on how to take part.
 

Scotland Bungee Jump

Edinburgh Marathon Festival – 24 and 25 May 2014

Scottish Half Marathon – Saturday 6 September 2014

 

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