Monday, 27 August 2018

The Ben and Finlay Challenge Cup 2018


This year will be our sixth annual game and we are delighted to have secured New Bayview for the match, home of East Fife FC. This also allows us to complete the set whereby we will have played at each of the senior grounds in Fife. Returning to the Levenmouth area has a certain poignancy for Daddy as he was Chief Inspector there in 2010 when the boys were diagnosed.

The game will take place at 1400 on Sunday 23 September 2018. As ever spectators are more than welcome and admission is free.

We are delighted that our friends and colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are so supportive of this fixture. Now to rally the troops again and patch up the crocks for another 90 minutes! 

Our Police Squad is starting to take shape - 'mon the stalwarts...

1. Stevie Harley
2. Shug Pearce
3. Paul Cochrane
4. Andy Tod
5. Colin Potter
6. Pat Callaghan
7. Barry Tillier
8. Graeme Dursley
9. Tom Nicholson
10. Russell Taylor
11. Mike Nodes
12. Craig McMillan
13. Andrew McDonald
14. Duncan Muir

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Ben and Finlay's European Motorcycle Adventure - The Winners!


Not quite the finish to his grand tour of Europe that we all hoped for, not least our intrepid and very brave outrider Steven Mackay but we are delighted that he is now home and recuperating from his awful injuries. We are priviledged to call you a friend Steven and humbled by your willingness to help our boys to a better future. We wish you a speedy recovery and can't thank you enough for your sacrifices in support of Ben and Finlay.

Upon his return home at the weekend Steven announced the final mileage for his trip. He acknowledges that the final total is slightly truncated, however he did take a mileage reading when he went back to see what was left of his bike. The final mileage from Coaltown of Wemyss to Sarajevo and back is -


2984

We are delighted that so many took part in this fundraiser and I'm sure even more enjoyed Steven's daily blog. It was good to see that he retained his sense of humour even when in ICU!! We had 43 guesstimate sheets returned to us and adding those guesses to several fantastic donations, we amassed a total of £1500. This will enable us to have another two-day workshop with those special people at Skybound. Thank you everyone who took a sheet and guessed the mileage and to those who made some wonderful donations.


It's amazing how many people were so close to the final mileage.


Our winner is Karen Gloag who guessed 2985 - well done Karen, we hope you enjoy your prize, a £100 John Lewis voucher, when you get back from your holidays!


We then had a four-way tie for second and third and we had to consult our motorcyclist as to how we should choose our prizewinners. Steven decreed that the earliest guess should take precedence.


Therefore our second prizewinner with a guess of 2986 made on 20 May is Jeffrey Milne. Well done Jeff, you win a £50 Amazon voucher.


Third prize and a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne goes to Angela MacDonald who also guessed 2986 but on 22 May. Congratulations Ang!


Apologies to our other two guessers who were so close but were thwarted by the date of their respective guesses. We do hope you understand.


We see that Steven has pledged to continue his travels but suspect his wife might just have other ideas!!


Thank you again everyone for your interest and kindness!



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Kind people are the best kind of people!

We've been very lucky on this journey to have shared it with some really kind and generous people, without whom our boys wouldn't be where they are today and none more so than Jim Coull. 

Jim has taken part in virtually every fundraising venture we have done and always given generously and encouraged others to do so.

Jim has recently moved job and his marvellous new employers always make a charitable donation to a good cause nominated by the new start. We are humbled and honoured that Jim chose our wee boys to benefit from the benevolence of the Peter Vardy Foundation.

Thank you Jim, your kindness, interest and support will never be forgotten.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ben and Finlay's European Motorcycle Adventure - The Tour Continues!



Intrepid motorcyclist Steven Mackay is heading off on his annual European adventure and once again he has kindly volunteered to undertake a fundraiser to guess his overall mileage in support of Ben and Finlay's program.

This year's trip will depart Steven's home in West Wemyss, Fife on 11 June 2018 and travel all the way to Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina. Steven will return to Fife on 29 June 2018.

The trip sponsor sheets have an overview of his intended route and also a hint as to the total mileage he will cover.

Funds will be raised by requesting friends, family and colleagues estimate the total mileage that will be covered during the trip from Fife to Bosnia and back again. Those guessing the closest to the final total, to be disclosed on Steven's return home, will win one of the following fabulous prizes -

£100 John Lewis Voucher

£50 Amazon Voucher

A bottle of Moet et Chandon Champagne
 
Friends, family and colleagues are encouraged to take a 'guesstimate' sheet and share it with their friends, family and colleagues. Each sheet has 25 spaces for a guess. Each guess costs £2 or you can have three guesses for £5 or lucky seven guesses for £10. You don't have to fill the sheet though and for those only wanting to make one or two guesses, we will retain a master sheet that you can add to.

Please get in touch if you can help by taking a sheet, this fundraiser has had great support in the past and Steven's daily blogs, which we'll share to the boys' Twintastic Adventures Facebook page, are really enjoyable and informative, rich in culture, history and good fun as well as containing some excellent pictures of his travels and encounters.



 
All the monies raised are administered and retained by Ben and Finlay for the purposes of their ABA program. No monies will be redirected to pay for fuel, accommodation, food or any other costs associated with the trip.

Big thanks are due once again to Steven for helping Ben and Finlay to a better future, please help and share his European adventure and perhaps win one of these excellent prizes.

 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

JDB Transforming Homes and Lives

A few months ago, JDB Decorating and Property Services posted a competition on Facebook asking folks to nominate someone who needed a smile put back on their face and they pledged to do this for the winner by transforming a room within their home.

We have used JDB several times previously and they do a first class job so I decided to nominate the boys' Mum never of course expecting to win. It's been a tough start to the year in terms of things going on in the background in respect of various service providers and the constant invasive scrutiny, assessment and review has had a telling impact on our wellbeing.

We were delighted that a few of our 'lobbyists', ha ha, added great support to our nomination through their helpful comments on the competition page - thanks for your help folks!

You can only imagine our surprise when Johnny got in touch to tell us that we were winners! As you all know, the boys undergo their program in our home so at times it's akin to Piccadily Circus and the wear and tear is greater than in most homes. We asked for Johnny and his team to tackle the paintwork in the hall, staircase and landing as the walls and ceiling were looking tired and a bit shabby.

The JDB A-team arrived within a few weeks and did just what the competition promised to do - they transformed our hall and landing and in so doing put a big smile on Mum's face! We are so pleased at the outcome and so pleased that we were selected to benefit from this competition. Big thanks to JDB and to those who supported our entry! We would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for painting work to be done.

Here's a bit aboutt JDB -

JDB Decorating and Property Services cover all aspects of interior and exterior decoration for Commercial, Domestic and Specialist projects.   Everything from prep work, painting, glossing, wallpaper hanging, spraying and restoration work no matter the size of the project is delivered with total professionalism.

With extensive experience in the Dunfermline, Fife area, Central Belt and across Scotland, we are a family run business that pride ourselves on our reputation and commitment to excellence. For all your decoration requirements, contact us today.

Our aim is to make sure all work is carried out with the minimum of hassle but that the standard of work will exceed your expectations. We are always here to answer any questions and we make communicating with our clients a top priority.

Although Painting and Decorating is our core business we also have staff that specialise in:

  • Joinery
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Ames Taping
  • Landscaping
  • Electrical services
  • Roofing
We undertake projects from a living room ceiling to an extension or complete refurbishments to both Commercial or Domestic properties.

Cash for Kids helping our Superheroes!

As part of world #AutismAwarenessWeek we are delighted to report that Cash for Kids have once again given their support to Ben and Finlay's ABA program by providing us with a grant for our annual intensive week at Skybound Therapies in Wales. They posted the following message of thanks from us on their Facebook page - 

"The journey we are on with our boys is life changing for us as a family, without the support of the fantastic Cash for Kids charity we would not be able to continue with Ben and Finlay's ABA program. This program has transformed our lives and enabled the boys to do and achieve things we were told would not be possible when they were diagnosed. With your help, we look forward to continuing to give them every opportunity of reaching their potential, thank you so much again!"
 
Here's a bit about this marvellous charity and the great work they do.
 
Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids consists of Emma, their Charity Manager, Ian their Corporate Fundraising Manager and Alice their Charity Executive.
 
They work tirelessly all year round to ensure children living in poverty, with additional support needs and suffering from life limiting illnesses in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife get the opportunity to live their lives to their full potential. Their biggest campaign, which you’ve probably heard of, is Mission Christmas. In 2017 they ensured that over 20,000 local children who would otherwise go without woke up to a gift on Christmas morning.
 
Throughout the rest of the year the charity grants out funds quarterly. Local community groups, projects, families and schools can apply to them for funding via their website @ www.forth1.com/charity.
 
In order to support the number of children that they do the charity relies heavily on their fundraisers.
 
They have numerous events throughout the year to fund raise such as Superhero Day, Ladies Day, the Sparkle Ball, and Tour de Forth. If you would like any more information on these events then please visit their website @ www.forth1.com/charity.
 
If you want to get involved they have a fabulous new fundraising initiative called 1000 faces. They are currently working to recruit 1000 faces in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife to each raise £100 by the end of 2018. For more info and if you would like to sign up to support the 1000 faces campaign please go to www.forth1.com/faces.
 
Last year Cash for Kids raised over 1.5 million pounds, helping over 54,000 local children. They couldn’t do that without the amazing support network they have in their local area and for that they are eternally grateful as are we for their continued support.