We are delighted to announce that we are now offering Lifeline services from a new base in Bathgate. The people of West Lothian can now access our counselling and practical aid services locally.
This has been made possible by the generous support of Kidzeco. Kidzeco is a not-for-profit community interest company that sells recycled children’s goods. Kidzeco is donating space to Lifeline in their friendly premises on King Street in Bathgate.
For more information and to access Lifeline services in Bathgate:
t. 0790 44 99 320
Fusion Provida has just completed a year long programme of charity fundraising events to celebrate the Company’s 40th anniversary. Lifeline is one of their chosen charities and I was delighted to accept an invitation from Alison Chaffe to come along to a cheque presentation ceremony on 3 February. At the event I met Alison, Gordon, Cesar, John, Cath and many more who all had stories of the fun they’d had raising money for local charities. Alison described the Duck Race on the river Almond and how she ended up in the water along with the ducks; on the homebaking day all the visiting drivers couldn’t get enough of the cakes and scones they were encouraged to buy; as well as a quiz night, Zumba dancing marathon and a cycle race from west to east through the Borders.
A big thank you to everyone at Fusion Provida for the lavish buffet lunch and their very generous donation.
The Christmas Carol Concert held on 9 December, featuring the award-winning Toccata Ladies’ Choir, was a resounding success with over 160 people in attendance.
The raffle held on the night raised £260 for Lifeline. Many thanks to our raffle prize donors:
- The Filmhouse
- The Scottish Seabird Centre
- Loopy Lorna’s
- Valvona & Crolla
- S Luca’s
- Butterfly & Insect World
- The Royal Yacht Brittania
In total, the event raised more than £1,400 for Lifeline.
A huge thank you to Eleanor Howat and Toccata Ladies’ Choir for the beautiful concert; Rev Susan Macdonald and all at Christ Church Morningside for their generosity and hospitality; and to all the volunteers whose hard work made this event a success.
The new shop opening was eagerly awaited by its regular customers. A queue of people was waiting outside the shop before a ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed on Monday 5 September. Lifeline now has considerable presence on Gorgie Road with two huge display windows and double the floor space inside. The income for the first week of trading equaled a good month’s turnover at the previous shop. Mary, the Shop Manager, has set a high bench mark!
We are very grateful to all those who volunteered their labour and worked so hard to clear debris, paint walls and organize the stock in the new shop. We thank John, Angus, and many others for their unstinting help. Board Member Colin kept the lawyers and landlord to task in order to get the tedious legal process completed. Our indomitable Shop Manager, Mary, kept a clear head throughout. She knew at all times what needed to be done and where the priorities lay. She dealt with plumbers, telephone providers, and even the multi-billion dollar might of Coca Cola in order to get the shop ready for business.
Lifeline participates in S6 Conference: June 2011
Lifeline was invited to take part in this Annual Conference at which pupils from Craigmount, Forrester, St Augustine’s, Tynecastle and Royal High Schools came together for two days to learn about the work of a number of charities. The pupils then prepared and delivered presentations about their allotted charity.
23 pupils drawn from the 5 schools produced entertaining and well-researched presentations about Lifeline. We would like to thank all the students for their engagement with the task, the good questions that they asked and the creative presentations they delivered.
Thanks to Bethany Millar who drew this simple and striking Lifeline poster. Bethany’s team included Fraser Cullen, Sakine Simsek and Kieran Scott.
Congratulations to the 23 walkers who joined us on a beautiful, sunny day on 9 April 2011 to complete a half marathon or a quarter marathon down the Water of Leith Walkway.
And a huge thank you to all our walkers and upporters, who have managed to raise a total of £1,378 so far. Your efforts help us keep our doors open to women in need of emotional and practical support in Edinburgh.