Stop press... 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the BCC... ...watch this space and our Facebook
page for announcements about events taking place throughout the year...
The BCC would like to thank the following companies and organisations for their support:
Marks and Spencer, Galashiels
The BCC was named as the nominated charity for the Galashiels branch of Marks and Spencers for 2016/17. This was a tremendous opportunity for the charity and has raised significant funds. The Marks
and Spencers team also worked extremely hard in the pouring rain to build a garden at Old Gala House, Galashiels with a bench for children and carers to enjoy as a lasting legacy of Mark and
Spencer's work for the BCC.
The Buccleuch Hunt
This year the Buccleuch Hunt donated proceeds from its ball to the Borders Children's Charity. Many thanks to the team who put together a fantastic event and donated a generous amount to the BCC.
This year Duns Rotary Club donated proceeds from its President's Night on 11th February to the Borders Children's Charity. It was a tremendous night with
entertainment from talented show band Spatz & Co.
Thank you to Houndwood Crematorium for holding a Memorial Carol Concert for the BCC with support from Eyemouth Fisherman's Choir. The BCC is also the nominated
charity for the crematorium for this year.
Christies of Hawick
We are indebted to the support of Christies of Hawick when providing quality beds and mattresses for children across the Scottish Borders.
Tara Grey Photography
Huge thanks to Tara Grey Photography for supporting the BCC in so many ways – from donations from private view events,
taking a stall at the Downton Abbey fundraiser, to holding a Christmas fair, to creating BCC cupcakes, to taking photographs for the BCC to celebrate our 50th anniversary!
The Berwickshire Hunt
A donation from this year's Berwickshire Hunt auction was given to the Borders Children's Charity. We would like to offer a massive thank you to the committee and all involved in the auction for promoting the work of the Borders Children's Charity in their mail-out and for their donation from the evening.SPIFOX
The Scottish Property Industry Festival of Christmas has made an extremely generous donation to the BCC on the basis of donations received during its 2015 celebrations. This considerable sum will be used to provide beds, bedding and bedroom furniture for children who are in need of this across the Scottish Borders.Costa Coffee, Peebles
Costa Coffee nominated the BCC as its named charity for March 2016 and will host a collecting tin on the counter. It has also provided gifts for use in the raffle at the Scottish Borders Art Fair.Scottish Borders Art Fair
The Borders Children's Charity has now been invited to fundraise at the Scottish Borders Art Fair at Springwood Park, Kelso for three consecutive years. This is a wonderful event showcasing the wealth of artistic talent around the Scottish Borders. Last year we held a paintbrush tombola and silent auction. This year we plan to sell CD-sized art works by a wide variety of artists. The paintbrush tombola may also return by popular demand! A very big thank you to the organisers and the generous local artists who have contributed.The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Peebles
In recent years Macdonald Cardrona
has supported the BCC in numerous ways; whether providing a venue for the Bustle Vintage Fashion Show in aid of the BCC, giving donations from raffles and collections following events or providing raffle prizes. Christmas 2015 saw a significant sum raised from raffles held at the hotel's Christmas party nights. Many thanks to all of the staff, management and guests for their wonderful contributions.Presents Galore
This year the BCC was involved with helping with Presents Galore in Springwood Park in Kelso. BCC committee members manned the cake stand – with representatives of Marie Curie and the Injured Jockeys Club – and assisted the Presents Galore committee on the day. A huge thank you to everybody who attended the event, the stallholders and to the Presents Galore team for supporting the BCC.Hendersyde Horse Trials
The BCC was first given a fundraising stand at the Hendersyde Park Horse Trials
in 2014. In 2015 we were at the event again and we are delighted to return in 2016. An enormous thank you to the organisers for supporting the charity. This is a wonderful day out for horse lovers in a great location. In addition to the opportunity to raise funds on the day, an extremely generous donation was also made by the Hendersyde Horse Trials team to help children in the Scottish Borders.Minto Golf Club
Minto Golf Club named the Borders Children's Charity as a nominated charity for 2015. A number of donations have been made following competitions taking place at the club. Many thanks to the team at Minto Golf Club for their ongoing support.Wedderburn Castle
Wedding and events venue Wedderburn Castle
, Duns was the scene for a Downton Abbey themed afternoon tea in aid of the Borders Children's Charity. Musical entertainment was provided by the Milne Graden Chamber Orchestra and jazz group Lied. Everybody got into the swing of things and some excellent costumes were on show on the day.Arty Farty Fayre
For many years the Arty Farty Fayre has been held in the Scottish Borders, providing inspiring Christmas presents and a great opportunity for a fun day out. We would like to thank all of the organisers and everybody who attended and donated to the BCC.Mainetti (UK) Limited
Mainetti in Jedburgh has been a keen supporter of Borders Children’s Charity in recent years. Many thanks to staff for the many events they have organised to support the charity.The Buccleuch Arms Hotel
The Buccleuch Arms Hotel
at St Boswells, is where we hold our monthly meetings.Peebles Life
Peebles and Cardrona-based magazine Peebles Life
is a key supporter of BCC. We would like to offer a massive thank you for all the help that the Peebles Life team has given over the years.
2013 saw contributions to the Borders Children's Charity from a wide range of fundraising from across the Scottish Borders.
We were honoured that a number of organisations have chosen to support the Borders Children's Charity for a second or third year running. These include The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course, the Border's Book Festival, the Arty Farty Fare, Mainetti and also Decoupage and Dining, Itzy Bitzy, Jeanie Bags and Sen. Fundraising events ranged from open house Christmas fairs to golf days, treasure hunts and collections at events. We would like to thank these and other contributors for their ongoing support.
A number of new contributors have also got involved with the charity, ranging from individuals to small businesses and corporate entities. Amongst these were David Matthews, a local adventurer who flew the flag for the BCC 18,000 ft up Mount Everest. Closer to home, and to the ground, other energetic efforts have included reels parties, fun runs and other athletic endeavours.
St Mary's School, Melrose named the BCC as its nominated charity and has supported it through a series of events throughout 2013, ranging from plays to historic talks. A big thank you to all the staff and pupils who have supported us this year. Other schools to offer support include Priorsford Primary School in Peebles and Newcastleton Primary School.
Over Christmas a number of churches donated collections to the BCC including Oxnam Church and Caddonfoot Parish Church.
A massive thank you to these and all our other supporters over the year and moving forwards into 2014!
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.
From Richard Moore cycling one of the toughest stages of the Tour de France raising over £2,000, Clare Brownlow and Cindy Webster’s Arty Farty Fayre raising £470 to Decoupage & Dining, Itzy Bitzy, Sen & Jeanie Bags Open House raising £373, Christopher Godfrey-Faussett’s Mad Hat Challenge running over 350 miles from south to north of Scotland raising a staggering £6,200, Corney & Barrow’s Wine Man’s Bluff night raising £2,081 and The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course Charity Golf Day raising over £2,653. These are just to name a few of the amazing efforts by local Borders people and businesses.
Cindy of Cindy Webster Cooks Ltd
said, “The fact I knew that 99.9% of every penny we raised would go directly to helping Borders children made it an easy choice to support the BCC at our Fayre. And we had such amazing feedback from our customers that we’re keen to do it again next year.”
The Borders Book Festival
has also recently announced they have selected the BCC as their chosen charity for the next two years. Festival organizer Paula Ogilvie said, “It was a real find for us to have involved the BCC for the first time this year. We not only loved the idea that the voluntary committee can guarantee 99.9% of all money raised goes straight to local children, but the fact they actually allocate to money to the children as well. They absolutely know where every penny raised goes.”
Since March 2011 the BCC has raised over £21,000, enabling it to allocate 36 beds, 11 wardrobes, 19 chests of drawers, 51 school trips, 15 pairs of shoes, 20 contributions towards family holidays, activities and days out for 195 children, 75 books for young carers for Christmas, £1,545 worth of clothing and 26 sets of bedding – just to name some!
A huge thank you to everyone that has given the BCC such fantastic support over the last year. You have helped improve and change over 440 local children’s lives!