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Entries in fundraising (15)


Great day on Glasgow Kiltwalk

Seven FNF Scotland staff and supporters took part in the first Kiltwalk of the year, the 6 mile "Wee Wander" last weekend.

Alastair Williamson said, "We started together and crossed the finish line together and talked a lot in between! It was a great day."

So far the walkers have raised close to £1,000 in sponsorship. Donations can still be made online at: https://glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/fnf-scotland-both-parents-matter-glasgow-kiltwalk-2019

The magic of the Kiltwalk is that an additional contribution worth 40% of the donations is added by the organistation itself, the brainchild of Sir Tom Hunter. This is an extraordinarily generous piece of philanthropy on his part, benefitting hundreds of causes large and small.

Grear thanks is due to Sir Tom and the hundreds of volunteers who helped on the day.

The next Kiltwalk will be in Dundee on Sunday August 18th. It was a terrific event last year. If you would like to sign up for the FNF Scotland team please contact Alatair at a.williamson@fnfscotland.org.


Funding support to extend group work

Two recent successful funding applications and a well supported general appeal have strengthened the position of FNF Scotland and enable us to extend our work.

We already have a link with the Robertson Trust through renting a desk in their Glasgow building, and we are now very grateful to receive a award of £30,000 over the next three yars towards our "Dads Moving Forward" project.  This will develop additional support for the people attending our monthly group meetings to help them build self confidence, improve negotiation and communication skills and reinforce their parenting knowledge.  One new aspect of this work will be courses run by Steve Sweeney of Barnardos Rollercoaster Project to help FNFS volunteers to understand trauma and grief, develop action pans and then cascade this knowledge to other in local groups.

We have also been granted £4,500 by the Corra Foundation to establish a new monthly group in Dundee to support fathers and other people facing problems in getting contact with their children.  We have wanted to start a group in Dundee for a long time, but have had to wait until additional funding was available.  Group meetings will start in January 2018 and we already have two offers from family lawyers willing to attend the meetings.  Contact Alastair Williamson to register interest in the Dundee group.

We also wish to thank all the individuals who have contributed to our recent funding appeal.  It's good to know that people who have used our information and support services are happy to donate so that we can help others and deal with the increasing demand.  The appeal is still running - use this link to donate.


IronMan pair raise funds for FNF Scotland

Looking remarkably fresh after their 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, Lisa and Mark successfully completed the IronMan Edinburgh Triathlon on July 2nd in 6:47:31 and 5:51:25 respectively.

Their efforts have already raised hundreds of pounds for FNF Scotland, but there's still time to add to the total - use this link to donate and support our helpline service.  FNF Scotland staff and cvlunteers responded to over 3,000 enquiries in the past year - all funds raised go towards maintaining this service.  If you want to undetake a sponsored event in aid of FNF Scotland please contact Ian Maxwell.


Walk, run or cycle to raise money for FNFS this summer

Alistair Collie running in the Tough Mudder for FNFSFamilies Need Fathers Scotland is very grateful for the fundraising efforts by fathers who have used our services and want to support our work.  Two opportunities are coming up this summer in Scotland, plus a presence at the London Marathon raising money for Families Need Fathers.

The Men's 10k in Glasgow is a great chance to celebrate  Father's Day in style on Sunday 19th June.  Going from the Riverside Museum to George Square, the route snakes back and forth across the Clyde.   We will supply an FNFS running t-shirt and cheer you on at start and finish. 

For those seeking a gentler outing, The Walking Dads are holding a 12-mile charity walk on Sunday 24th July from Thriepmuir in the Pentlands.  Organised by Dads Rock, the walk is open to all dads or male carers.

And if two wheels is your choice, how about taking part in Pedal for Scotland on 11th September.  Options are the Big Belter (110 hilly miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh), the standard 55 mile route between the two cities or the Wee Jaunt (9 miles in Edinburgh).

And if you want to support a father running in this year's London Marathon on 24th April go to Alistair Collie's Justgiving page. 

He took part in the Tough Mudder event in Dalkeith in 2014 for FNF Scotland and has now gained a coveted place in this year's London Marathon.

Anyone wanting to take part in these or other events on behalf of FNFS should contact us at info@fnfscotland.org or 0131 557 2440.



Men's 10k success raises money and boosts FNFS profile

Stephen, Martin and Tony ran in the Glasgow Men's 10k on June 21st, raising nearly £2000 for the charity and celebrating Father's Day on behalf of separated fathers everywhere.

Tony made the run from the Transport Museum to Glasgow Green in an incredible 36.08 minutes, with Stephen and Martin finishing a little bit later.  Wearing the new FNF Scotland t-shirts, they raised awareness of the charity amongst the thousands of other runners. 

On a day which can be really hard for separated fathers, particularly when they aren't seeing their children, it's great to report such positive activity.

Following this success, we hope that other fathers and their families will help us in other sponsored events, such as Pedal For Scotland in September and the Edinburgh Men's 10k in November on International Men's Day.

In the mean time you can still top up the sponsorship for Martin, Tony and Steve by following the links to their Justgiving sites.