£300 raised for Black Isle Cares

A huge thank you to Donald Ferguson and Stuart Patience on raising £300 for Black Isle Cares at last month’s ‘Beast Race’.

The local boys also claimed 14th and 15th places in the race, that’s quite an achievement.

This is the second year in a row that they have raced for our charity.

Thank you both very much and well done!

If anyone wants to fundraise for Black Isle Cares then please get in touch through our website’s contact page.  We can provide you with inspiring ideas, also with sponsor forms and set up a fundraising page for you on BT Mydonate.

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‘Car Keys’ Crowdfunding for an important short film

Make a donation and help Amy Rich communicate through film, the hardships, the laughs, the lows and the isolation experienced by a Carer.

In Amy’s words:

We want to make a short film exploring the isolation carers experience, and the hope friends and family give even in the bleakest scenario.

To find out more/donate click here

The story behind the script, Car Keys

In 1994, my Dad got ill. He contracted encephalitis – a virus – that got into his brain and caused a brain injury. My Dad changed.

He didn’t die, but in a way he did.

My Dad was great. He was a joker, a musician, a dad who took an interest. But like every dad he could be stressed, annoying, seriously embarrassing. He once ate a whole box of Cadbury’s mini rolls in one sitting. He once took my brothers and me out onto the school field to fly a kite, but hogged it the whole time. He used to bring us back packets of Revels and peanuts from ‘the offie’ on a Friday night. He was a whole person – with strengths, weaknesses, and stuff that made him ‘him’.

It’s 2018 now, and even though the doctors never thought he’d come out of a ‘permanent vegetative state’, he did. He made an incredible physical recovery, it’s just the mental side that’s lacking. He has no short-term memory. No emotional connection. No real interest outside of his daily routine of scheduling fag times. He’s alive, but, is he really living? He’s certainly not living the life he would have had none of this ever happened.

He’s my Dad, but not really.

Nearly 25 years later, nothing has changed and I’m still going on about it.

In a way, I’m stuck. He’s stuck… in this limbo of not being able to let go.

1000 thank yous and a Merry Christmas from BIC

The support we have received in running our raffle from local people and businesses in the Black Isle has been absolutely incredible!

All prizes have been drawn and either delivered, posted or emailed, all but one, but I will continue to try and get through on the phone!

Thank you to all the following businesses for either donating a raffle prize or allowing us to sell tickets in their premises;

The Tartan Heart Festival. Hillockhead Cottages, Chanterelle Kinkell, Ellen Addison Remedial Massage, Broomhill Riding Centre, Munro’s nursery, Jasmine’s take-away, Rosemarkie Shop, Green Tree gifts, Fortrose Cafe, Culbokie Shop, Tore Garage, The Allangrange Arms, Ryefield farm shop and the Fortrose golf club.

We raised £1000 for Black Isle Cares!

And to all of our wonderful staff and trustees:

 

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Thank you for choosing BIC

That’s the end of our run in receiving profits from the Coop local community fund.

Firstly a huge thank you to the Coop for allowing us to profit from 1% on Coop spends and carrier bag charges.

Secondly thank you to all you wonderful people who took the time to sign up and select us as your local charity to receive your 1%.

We really do rely on the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses, to keep on doing great work in caring and providing regular meals for the elderly in the Black Isle.

We raised a whopping:

£2148.90

 

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Loch Ness Beast Race 2017

We are proud to announce that the Black Isle team consisting of: Donald Angus Ferguson, Abigail Ferguson, Stuart Patience. Jordan Hossack, Greg Matheson and Steven Stewart not only completed the punishing 10k obstacle course, known as the Loch Ness Beast Race 2017, but also managed to raise the huge sum of £800 for Black Isle Cares. 

They may not have come first but they are our champions for sure.

It looks like they had a lot of fun along the way!

Donald says:

“The race was one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives, and the fact that people from our home villages will benefit from it makes it even sweeter.  Our average finishing time was 1hr and 30 minutes.  We did get separated from each other and finished at different times but Stevie Stewart showed us how it’s done by beating us by a whole 10 minutes at least!  All six of us will compete in the Beast Race next year with our partners and friends who want to get involved too.  We raised £800 this year and next year we have set a target of £1500.”

Well Black Isle Cares thanks all six of you for your training, commitment, competing and your amazing fundraising.

Well done and we look forward to next year’s race and the fun photos that follow.  Great work!

 

 

Local Community Fund – have you signed up?

We are coming in to our last few days of receiving donations through the Coop Community Fund.  There is a lot of money out there available to BIC, but we need your help…

So far £700 has been raised for BIC and a huge thank you to all who have registered and allowed us to receive their 1% and carrier bag money.

How does it work?

Are you a Coop member?  If not you can sign up in store or here:

https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

What is the Local Community Fund and how can I join?

As described by the COOP (https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund)

1% for your community.

Our way of giving back to local communities

As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Co-op members have helped raise over £18 million for local causes.

This money, together with money from carrier bag sales, supports projects close to where you live.

Select your cause

If you’re a member you can choose a local cause you want your 1% to go to.

Step 1: Sign into your membership account

Step 2: Choose Black Isle Cares to receive your 1% (the category is ‘social inclusion’ in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Every time you shop, 1% of sales on Coop brands will come to BIC.

Thank you!

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