Introducing Our New Partners – The Fuze Foundation!

Scottish Cot Death Trust are thrilled to be a partner charity for The Fuze Foundation in 2022!

As well as marrying thousands of happy couples, over the past decade, the not-for-profit humanist organisation has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of Scottish charities, increased awareness about funeral poverty and provided ceremonies for those in need at no cost.

April was a busy month for Fuze’s staff, with their walkers, George McLean & John Leo Scott (pictured below right), conquering the Glasgow Kiltwalk’s Big Stroll in the blazing sunshine.  Not only did the intrepid Fuze team trek 13 miles, they also raised an incredible £1,125, thanks to the amazing generosity of the Tom Hunter Foundation’s 50% top up donation.

A few days after their Kiltwalk, we were honoured to be guests at Fuze’s 10th Birthday and Celebrant Awards 2022 at the Trades Hall of Glasgow.  The Scottish Cot Death Trust’s staff had the privilege of voting for the winner of Most Inventive/Creative Symbolic GestureWinner, Lucy Haden was presented the award by our Executive Director, Lynsay Allan, and Fundraising & Communications Officer, Michael Parkes (pictured left).  Lucy’s winning wedding ceremony captured a couple’s love of food, with each guest asked to bring and present a specific spice, symbolising good wishes for the couple.  Coriander represented health, while sage meant long life!

Our Executive Director, Lynsay Allan, shared her delight about the Fuze partnership:

“It’s an honour to have been chosen by The Fuze Foundation as a charity of the year.  Scottish Cot Death Trust operates without government funding and is reliant on 100% charitable donations.  The funds we will receive from The Fuze Foundation will help us to continue our vital work as Scotland’s only charity dedicated to the issue of sudden and unexpected death in infancy and childhood.

As much as donations are always welcome, the opportunity to raise the profile of our charity is just as important.  There might be a bereaved family who don’t know about us, and together we can make a difference to them.  There may be professionals or community groups who want us to deliver a workshop on Safe Sleep training and I’m sure we can learn a lot from Fuze too, as celebrants are experts in working with families at important life events.

Fuze put the individual needs of its clients at the heart of everything they do.  I am excited to explore what projects we could work on together.”

George McLean, Fuze Ambassador, also spoke of what collaborating with the Scottish Cot Death Trust meant to them:

“The Fuze Foundation has been supporting good causes since our inception back in 2012. We are a not for profit organisation with a team of over 50 Celebrants across Scotland who conduct weddings, vow renewals, baby namings and funeral ceremonies.  A fee from every legal wedding ceremony we conduct is donated into the Fuze Foundation pot which helps us achieve our 4 key purposes – promoting equality and diversity in society; promoting racial and religious harmony for everyone; assisting with real issues around funeral poverty; supporting families in their time of need through the work with our partner charities.

In 2022 we are celebrating our 10th birthday year, so it’s especially a great privilege this year to be partnering and supporting the Scottish Cot Death Trust along with two other great Scottish charities in SAMH and CHAS.

We are so proud of our Glasgow Kiltwalk team for completing the Big Stroll.  It was an amazing day.  We’re delighted that the £1125 raised by the team is heading to support the tireless efforts and work done by the Scottish Cot Death Trust. We also aim to support beyond that of financial help through other collaboration and projects.”

You can read more about The Fuze Foundation at https://fuzeceremonies.co.uk/foundation/

If you’d like to hear more about how your organisation can become a charity partner with the Scottish Cot Death Trust, please contact fundraising@scottishcotdeathtrust.org.