As 2020 kicks off, we have been looking back at what was a very busy and productive 2019! Along with our ongoing support work, we had very strong years on the education and fundraising fronts of the charity. As well as Kiltwalking and Tough Muddering, we won competitions and were nominated for national awards. We even had time to redesign our website and launch another.
2019 started with two victories as we secured an exhibition stand at the SCVO’s The Gathering via a competition. We also won another competition run by Production Attic, a creative agency in Glasgow. The prize was a free video – so during the first half of the year we worked with them to produce a short film looking at what support service we can offer families.
And the Nominees are…
In April we were delighted to announce we had been nominated for Scottish Charity of the Year at the Scottish Charity Awards. To be one of the six finalists in the top category was a huge achievement and was a great opportunity to raise awareness and showcase all the important work we do across support, education, and research.
It was around about this time when we learned that we were to be one of Global Radio’s nominated charities for their Make Some Noise campaign. The fundraising campaign ran across Global’s network which includes HeartFM, CapitalFM, and ClassicFM. We gained a huge amount of publicity as our charity story was shared on the airwaves by Amanda Holden & Jamie Theakston, and Des Clarke & Jennifer Reoch among others across Scottish and UK-wide radio.
This year we updated and redesigned our charity website. We also decided to do something different with the education section of the site. As a result, we created SafeSleepScotland – an online learning hub for parents and professionals. This move has allows us to promote our education work and the resources we can provide in a more engaging and accessible way. To launch SafeSleepScotland, we create a video ‘a Baby’s guide to Safe Sleep’, a nursery rhyme explaining how we can reduce the risks of SUDI by promoting safe sleep. This awareness video has also been nominated for a Charity Film Award – we’ll see how that progresses in early 2020.
2019 Fundraising in Numbers
27 Kiltwalkers across 5 Events
9 Football Clubs invited us to have bucket collects at their grounds
29 volunteers registered to help with fundraising events and collections
248 guests attended our two Afternoon Tea events
Education 2019 in Numbers
Over 3000 participants across 150 education sessions
40 educations session in Colleges – over 1000 students
30 NHS sessions with professionals and students
70 sessions in nurseries across Scotland, from Dingwall to Dumfries
If you are interested in helping us in 2020, please get in touch. We are always looking for volunteers to help at our events.
There are also lots of opportunities to fundraise. From coffee mornings and sponsored walks, to skydives and zipslides – there are lots of ways to make a difference. For more information, click on the Get Involved section of our website.