2017 is the 51st anniversary of the BCC... ...watch this space and our Facebook page for announcements about events taking place throughout the year...

Queens Award

The BCC is delighted to announce that this year the charity has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest accolade that can be awarded to a voluntary group and only a small number of organisations in Scotland receive the award each year. It is described as the MBE for volunteer Groups. We are honoured to have received this. The award stands as recognition of the 51 years of hard work that former and existing committee members have dedicated to the charity. 

 

Strongarm Challenge

In early August Jedburgh was the site of the Strongarm Challenge, a back-to-back double Ironman distance triathlon. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, then a 26.2 mile marathon... then all repeated without rest. An amazing achievement by those involved.  To donate to mark this epic achievement please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=StrongArm2017

 

Hendersyde Horse Trials

The Hendersyde Horse Trials took place in early August. For a number of years the hard-working team behind Hendersyde has donated gate fees to the BCC. This year saw some exciting new course developments which attracted interest from horse enthusiasts from the Borders and beyond. Thanks once again to the Agnew family and all involved in the event. 

 

Berwickshire High School

Congratulations to Euan Harvey, Robbie Thompson and Scott Wood who are all pupils at Berwickshire High School. The trio recently won the YPI Award with the Borders Children's Charity as their nominated charity. Under the scheme pupils from across the Borders make a presentation about their charity to a panel of judges. The winning group secures a significant donation for their chosen charity. A huge thank you for chosing the BCC and for all your hard work boys!

 

Humanist Fellowship of Scotland

Many thanks to the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland who have made an other generous donation to the BCC. Here is a shot of our Treasurer Julie collecting the cheque from Graham Duff from the fellowship.

 

 

 

 

Spatz & Co Gala Concert Night – Opening night of Midnight at the Oasis tour

Well-known showband Spatz & Co strutted their stuff in aid of the Borders Children's Charity in an evening organised by Duns Rotary Club on Saturday 11th February 2017. The evening was the launch night for the Spatz & Co Midnight at the Oasis tour and included big band, swing, R&B, jazz, soul and Latin-American numbers. The evening also included a light dinner and all tickets sold out! 

 

Memorial Christmas Carol Concert at Houndwood Crematorium
Houndwood Crematorium, Berwickshire held a Memorial Carol Concert in aid of the Borders Children's Charity. The BCC is also the nominated charity for the crematorium for this year and a collecting box will be in place throughout the year.

 

Greenlaw and Swinton Primary Schools
The pupils at the primary schools at Swinton and Greenlaw have been kicking their heels for the Borders Children's Charity with a dancethon in November. Pupils were allowed to dress as dancers for the day for a small donation and juice and crisps were sold on the day. In December pupils were allowed to wear a Christmas jumper for the day for a similar donation, and proceeds from a Red Nose Day fundraiser were also donated to the BCC. 

 

Andante Chamber Choir
In October the Andante Chamber Choir staged a concert in Jedburgh Parish Church. A lovely selection of acapella music was followed by tea and cake. The Andante Choir is a selection of singers from across the Scottish Borders who perform concerts for charity. Many thanks to all who participated and attended. 

 

Presents Galore
October saw the Borders Children's Charity as one of the nominated charities for the Presents Galore Fair in Springwood Park in Kelso. Committee members helped to serve canapes to shoppers on the opening night, then manned the baking stand and helped the Presents Galore team to prepare and sell soup and sandwiches during the fair. 

 

Hendersyde Horse Trials
In August Hendersyde Horse Trials once again supported the BCC. Over the past four years Hendersyde has given large amounts to the charity, donating all of its proceeds from the gate to the BCC. This was a wonderful weekend of exciting horsemanship, appealing to eventing fans of all ages. 


Coffee Morning for past committee members
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations the Borders Children's Charity hosted a coffee morning at Thirlestane Castle for past committee members. The constitution of the BCC means that members only stay on the committee for 5 years – allowing everybody to really focus their energies during their tenure. We were delighted to welcome some of the founder members, along with many other committee members from over the years. Many thanks to the team at Thirlestane Castle for allowing the event to take place in their lovely tea room, as well as to all who came along.

Scottish Borders Art Fair
The Scottish Borders Art Fair took place on the weekend of 18th-20th March at Springwood Park, Kelso. As well as a wide variety of exhibitors there was a Borders Children's Charity stand, selling works donated by artists from the Borders and beyond. The pieces were the size of a CD case and were exhibited at Apples for Jam in Melrose from 3rd to 13th March before going on sale. Thank you to the organisers of the art fair, Apples for Jam, everybody who bought artworks, all who took part in our 'Pick a Paintbrush' tombola and all the generous businesses and individuals who donated prizes.

Songs for Good

The Fiona Henderson School of Dance & Performing Arts has undertaken a wonderful project to create a CD titled 'Songs for Good'. Almost a year in the making, the CD has been created by the Senior Musical Theatre Class - with all work from choosing songs to researching licenses and choosing the charity undertaken by the class. The CD will be on sale from the first week of December 2015 with all profits to be donated to the Borders Children's Charity. To reserve a copy email fiona@fionahenderstondance.com or visit www.fionahenderstondance.co.uk. Each CD costs £10.
Open house at Grahamslaw

A wonderful Christmas shopping event took place at Grahamslaw House on 28th October. Despite a grey day, many supporters turned out to view the cheering gifts from Itzy Bitzy, Decoupage and Dining, Jeanie Bags and Cloud Nine. Donations from the day were given to the Borders Children's Charity. Thank you again to all involved for your ongoing support for the Borders Children's Charity.

Gala Fawkes Night

A huge thank you to the people of Galashiels and surrounding area and all who were involved with the organisation of the Gala Fawkes Night. As a result of the exciting evening of booms, bangs and aaaahs, a very significant donation was given to the Borders Children's Charity. A wonderful boost to funds at a time when we have a lot of requests.

The Arty Farty Fair

This year's Arty Farty Fair took place at Ormiston House, Kelso on 22nd October. The all-day event had an excellent variety of stalls which shoppers embraced enthusiastically. Donations on the door were given to the Borders Children's Charity and Denholm Nursery. Many thanks to Clare Brownlow who hosted the event and provided a wide selection of Christmas inspiration with her Pheasant Feather Art stall.

Presents Galore, Kelso

This year Presents Galore is set to take place on 5th and 6th October at Springwood Park in Kelso. The event is a fixture in the Border's calendar and provides a wonderful source of inspiration for Christmas presents. Members of the BCC committee will be there so please come to see us and get ahead with your festive shopping!

Hendersyde Horse Trials

A huge thank you to the team behind the Hendersyde Horse Trials, which took place in August. The BCC benefited from the generous donation made by the Hendersyde team for the second year running. An exciting event not to be missed by any horse lovers!

Apollo the Magic Labrador

In June this year Apollo the Magic Labrador crossed the Forth Road Bridge 50 times to raise money for the Borders Children's Charity and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bridge. You can still donate at Apollo's Justgiving page to support this unusual fundraiser!

Scottish Borders Art Fair

Thank you to the organisers of the Scottish Borders Art Fair on 20th to 22nd March 2015 at Springwood Park, Kelso, and to everybody who visited our stand. We raised a very substantial amount for the BCC via a silent auction of wonderful works donated by Clare Brownlow, Moy Mackay, Newton Ross and Vivienne Haig, as well as a pick-a-paintbrush raffle and via donations. Another thank you to all of the generous companies and individuals who donated prizes for the raffle.

Downton Abbey Themed Afternoon Tea

On Sunday 1st February a Downton Abbey Themed Afternoon Tea took place at Wedderburn Castle, Duns. Guests toured Wedderburn Castle, enjoyed tea and cake in the elegant reception rooms and listened to music from players from the Milne Graden Chamber Orchestra and jazz from Lied. Other attractions included a Downton Abbey quiz and stalls from Yvette Jelfs Hats, Stella & Dot, Living by Liz, Tara Grey Photography, Tamsin Thomson Art and Oakes & Co.

The event raised a healthy amount for The Borders Children's Charity and It's Good 2 Give. Many thanks to everybody who was involved with the day, selling tickets, gifting raffle prizes, serving tea and to all those who attended in their Downton finery!

Royal Charities Caledonian Trust

In November some of the members of the BCC committee collected a cheque from the Royal Charities Caledonian Trust. The BCC was honoured to be one of 14 charities to benefit from the proceeds of The Royal Caledonian Ball and other fundraising initiatives undertaken by the trust.

Bustle Vintage Fashion Show

The 2014 Bustle and Friends Vintage Fashion Show took place on 14th November 2014 at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel. Borders Children’s Charity received an impressive £3260 as a result of the fantastic evening.

A very special group of people, led by Lynsay Munnis, founder of Bustle Boutique, all volunteered masses of their time, considerable skills and invaluable services to produce this spectacular catwalk show which entertained an audience of nearly 250 people. Borders Children’s Charity would like to name and to thank everyone who played a part in putting on this show to benefit the local children in desperate situations. They are:

The management and staff of the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, The Biggar Big BandFiona Henderson School of Dance. Catwalk hair by: Danny, Marie, Claire, Michael & Pauline of Headcases Hair Salon at The Peebles Hydro. Make up artistry by: Mandi Curwen make-up artist, Danni Burnside make-up artist, Duncan Mackay at Stobo. Photography by: Brian Cassidy and Ian Linton. Catwalk Floristry by: Fountain Flowers. Posters and tickets designed by: Printed Love Co. Printing by: Lemon Digital Design. Ticket Sales by: Moy Mackay Gallery & KM Clothing. Editorials by: Peebles Life, Peebleshire News, Borders Telegraph. Stage, set & lighting: Kenneth Boak. Sound: Cliff Carrie. Compere: Fiona Nisbet. Backstage dressers and perfectionists: Carl Harrison & Liz Doran. Equipment hire sponsorship: Castle Warehouse & Blue Parrot. Raffle prizes donated by: Bairnkine Holiday CottagesJRW Chartered AccountantsThe Stonewall GalleryKingsfield Golf CentreGift BoxReivers RetreatTweed Valley Fruit TreesTiger LilyHead to ToeCalmatTide & TimeHogarthVilleneuve Wines, KMC, Cocoa Black, Elodie Sellar, Stobo CastleLa Petit Chambre, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Magi Hunter ReflexologyTraquair HouseInisForsyths Butcher

And last but not least, the models: Olivia Hughes, Gigi Sosa, Noreen Fairbairn, Gillian Ironside, Lorna Boak, Catherine Little, Magi Hunter, Teresa Pickburn, Elodie Sellar, Susannah Ramsay Atkins, Lucy Finn, Mumba Chizema, Roz Marshall, Charlotte Macdonald

Yetholm Christmas Fair

The Yetholm Christmas Fair took place on 13th December in Yetholm Youth Hall, with money raised going to the Borders Children's Charity. An enormous thank you to all who helped out and all who came along on the day!

Arty Farty 2014:

This year's Arty Farty Fayre took place on 20th November offering a cornucopia of Christmas gifts from a wide variety of wonderful stalls. The fair has now been a supporter of the BCC for many years. Many thanks to everybody who was involved on the day – particularly those who worked so hard setting the fair up, all stallholders and the wonderful ladies who provided teas, coffees, soup, cake and amazing cheese!

Scottish Borders Art Fair 2014

The first Scottish Borders Art Fair took place on 22nd and 23rd March 2014 at Springwood Park in Kelso. The Art Fair named the Borders Children's Charity as its nominated charity for this first event – a great honour for the BCC. As well as a host of Borders artists exhibiting a broad selection of works at a wide range of prices, the BCC had a stand at the Art Fair. For more information please visit the Scottish Borders Art Fair website.

David Matthews
It has been said that Borders Children's Charity is one of the best-kept secrets in the Borders. Despite working away at supporting children in desperate situations since 1966, some people haven't heard of us.

But BCC supporter David Matthews, who lives in Darnick, near Melrose, is helping us change all that. In October he went climbing in the Himalayas and took our flag with him.

At 18000 ft, on Gorak Shep overlooking Everest Base Camp, he let it fly.

Congratulations to David on a fantastic achievement and many thanks for supporting BCC.

If you would like to support BCC too (but don’t fancy the 18k climb!) you can simply donate by text, e.g. to donate £10 text BCCT03 £10 to 70070.

Pictorial Photography

Pictorial Photography of Berwick-upon-Tweed recently held a series of photo shoots in the grounds of Wedderburn Castle, Duns. The fee that would usually be charged for the shoots was donated to the BCC. The sun shone and the resulting images will be a joy to many families for years to come.

50 Shades of Stewart

A princely sum was raised at the 50 Shades of Stewart evening held at St Mary's School in Melrose on 8th October 2013. Historian Lesley Smith wowed the audience with tales of historical shenanigans from the days of Mary Queen of Scots and others in the Stewart dynasty. A big thank you to all who attended and the Friends of St Mary's who have supported BCC as their nominated charities for the past year.

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course BCC Network and Play Golf Day

This year The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course BCC Network and Play Charity Golf Day took place on Friday 20th September. This was the third consecutive year that The Roxburghe has hosted the event and follows the success of the 2011 and 2012 BCC Network and Play Golf Days. A massive thanks to all involved.

An evening with Dr Andrew Murray

May saw a talk given by Dr Andrew Murray with proceeds from ticket sales donated to the BCC. Dr Andrew Murray is a specialist in sports medicine who is better known as an endurance runner. In 2012 he won races at the North Pole, Outer Mongolia and Antarctica, and ran a remarkable seven ultra-marathons on seven continents in under a week. He has previously run from John O'Groats to the Sahara desert. Andrew Murray worked as the Scottish Government's first Physical Activity Champion, promoting exercise for health and fronting campaigns to this effect. He works with some of the world's best athletes, for the European Tour Golf, UKAthletics, and with the Scottish Rugby Union. At the event he was interviewed by local figure Mac Brown and talked about new fundraising challenges for the future. A big thanks to the Melrose Waverly Tennis Club for organising the event.

Bedlam@Midlem

Seventy eight children, aged 9-13 experienced an evening of Scottish dancing at Midlem Village Hall on Thursday 11th April 2013 in aid of the Borders Children’s Charity. Many thanks to the Bedlam Band who kept the children dancing! Another big 'thank you' to all the helpers who kindly gave up their time. A total of £653.48 was raised for the BCC. Thanks also to all who supported this event. It is hoped it will be repeated next year and a new Scottish Reeling event for all ages, 9 to 90s @ Stow, will take place in the Christmas holidays in aid of the BCC. Watch this space for information.

Dramatic help for children in the Borders!

A successful and enjoyable evening was had by all at the performance of “A Tale of Two Cities”, performed by the seniors of St Mary’s Prep School, Melrose on Wednesday 20th March in aid of the Borders Children’s Charity. Congratulations to the cast and thanks to the parents and friends of St Mary’s School who contributed to the school’s fundraising efforts for the BCC – either by purchasing tickets for the charity performance or by making a donation. Grateful thanks to Justerini & Brooks for kindly donating the wine for the evening. Many thanks also to Miss Kirsty McRae, Director of Music and Drama and all at St Mary’s School for their continued support of the BCC.

Mainetti (UK) LimitedMainetti in Jedburgh has adopted Borders Children’s Charity as its main charity for the next twelve months. Jim Hutchison, Managing Director, said “Mainetti is keen to develop a relationship with Borders Children’s charity and we hope that all employees will become involved in helping us raise vital funds for this good cause. We have a number of events planned over the next twelve months.”
Staff at Mainetti in Jedburgh celebrated Halloween by holding a raffle and selling cakes which raised £235 for Borders Children’s Charity.

Bronwyn Coggan, Chair of Borders Children’s Charity and Jac Neill, secretary, came to the Jedburgh factory and were presented with a cheque. Bronwyn expressed her gratitude to Mainetti staff and praised the efforts of main fundraisers, Carole Williamson and Liz Cowan who she described as “an effervescent double act”.

Children Benefit as Straw Bale Makes £500 at Market
Who would have thought a straw bale at a farmer’s market could have a positive impact on the lives of children in the Borders, but that is exactly what happened this weekend in Kelso.

Visitors to Kelso Farmer’s market on Saturday were intrigued by the main attraction on the Borders Children’s Charity stall – a 4ft high round bale. For £1 a shot they pulled nails from the bale and the coloured ones won them a prize from a huge range of gifts donated by local stores. Stallholders at the market also donated to the charity resulting in an impressive total income of £500.

As the charity has no overheads or administration costs, all the money raised will go directly to buy beds, clothes, shoes and other basics for local children as well as helping with school trips, activities, life skills and specialist equipment.

Local children were very much in evidence at the farmers market this weekend with students from the Michelle Douglas School of Dance entertaining the shoppers with a startling performance of street dance before visiting the BCC stall to explore the infamous bale.

Bronwyn Coggan, chairperson of the Borders Children’s Charity, said:

“The people and businesses in and around Kelso have been exceptionally supportive this weekend. Lidl, The Factory Shop, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s all donated super prizes for our bale nail raffle and the Kelso Farmers Market stallholders have been very generous too. Special thanks must go to Robin Tuke, chairman of the market for the opportunity to hold this fundraiser within the market, Peter Rae, the market manager who set everything up for us and particularly local farmers Jamie & Fiona Tweedie who supplied the straw bale.

“In the last year we have paid out an average of more than £500 per week in response to requests to help local children and with the arrival of the first flurries of snow the night before the farmers market, it was a timely reminder that too many children who live close to us all are going to need basics like winter coats and boots that their families cannot afford. Thanks to the help from everyone this weekend, the BCC can continue to help such children.”
Sporting Bears Motor Club

It’s been a Dream Ride for The Borders Children’s Charity (BCC) since it was approached earlier this year by the Sporting Bears Motor Club (SBMC) to be their nominated Charity for the Polar Bears “Dream Rides” at Thirlestane Castle in June. The Dream Rides were part of the Borders Vintage Automobile Club’s (BVAC) annual Motoring Extravaganza.
The Polar Bears generously offer their time, cars and fuel to take car devotees for a “Dream Ride” around the Lauder area for a donation to a chosen charity. This year the Dream Rides raised a massive £2,700 for The Borders Children’s Charity.
Last week saw the handing over of this huge cheque in the Edinburgh gardens of “Mummy Polar Bear”, Fiona Davies. Attending the handover was the BVAC Chairman of 40 yrs, David Pratt, Bronwyn Coggan Chairperson of BCC, Linda Cormack Treasurer of BCC and SBMC Northern Area Rep Fiona Davies, along with several Polar Bear members that offered themselves and their magnificent cars on the day or helped with the successful running of the event.
BCC’s Chairperson Bronwyn Coggan commented “The BCC have been completely overwhelmed by the welcoming warmth and generosity shown by the Polar Bear Drivers, organisers and BVAC. The Polar Bears’ enthusiasm for cars is infectious and they genuinely just love to share their cars for the enjoyment of themselves and others whilst helping a good cause. It’s a win-win situation for the drivers, the BCC and car enthusiasts who would otherwise never have the opportunity to ride in such magnificent cars.”
17 September 2012
Coffee Morning for Past Committee Members

The Borders Children’s Charity were beneficiaries themselves the other week, thanks to the generosity of Chris Kurt who ran Marmions’ Café Bar at the Borders Book Festival. He offered his Café to enable the current BCC committee to host a coffee morning for past BCC committee members, who over the years have raised and allocated thousands of pounds to help children in the Borders. Read the full report.
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Local Support for the Borders Children's Charity continues to grow

A number of local companies and organisations have announced that the Borders Chidren's Charity will be their nominated charity for 2012. To find out more click here.

Shopping online - how you can help the Borders Children's Charity

It’s so easy to do your shopping online these days, and when you do, you could be helping children around the Borders who are suffering from poverty, a disability, sickness or distress. It won’t cost you a penny extra; in fact you might even save some money. To find out how to use EasyFundraising, click here.

November 2011: Support from around the Borders continues for local charity

The Borders is a region that has been hit hard in the economic down turn. Yet amazingly in these tough times local Borderers are still generously giving their creative ideas, time and hard earned cash to support the Borders Children’s Charity.Read more here.

September 2011: Borders’ Children are winners at Roxburghe’s Golf Day

Businesses from all over Scotland got together at Kelso’s Roxburghe Hotel for a golf day that raised over £2,000 for Borders Children’s Charity. Read the full story here.

July 2011: Cycling for charity reaches new heights

A Galashiels dad has raised money for Borders children by cycling one of the toughest stages of the Tour de France. Father-of-two Richard Moore has been training for 19 months to take on the 130-mile closed-road section in the Massif Central and in doing so, he raised over £2,000 for Borders Childrens’ Charity. Read the full story here.

June 2011: Mad… for money

Borders man Christopher Godfrey-Faussett created the MadHaT Challenge with the aim of raising money for good causes including the Borders Childrens’ Charity. It was an almighty challenge with an almighty financial result – some £28,000. Read the full story here.