Weʼve raised £1,420 to help Kirsty's Kids, a charity providing respite care to kids (and siblings) with life limiting conditions, recover from a disastrous flood.
- Funded on Saturday, 3rd September 2022
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I’m raising money for a great Scottish charity that looks after kids with life limiting illnesses. The charity is still recovering from a devastating flood in 2020.
Jan and John Bryden set up the Kirsty Bryden Memorial Trust after their daughter was tragically killed in 2010 just before she was due to take on a fund-raising 125cc motorbike ride around the UK to raise money for “Over the Wall” a charity that she supported. Kirsty had devoted her life to nursing sick, dying children, children with special needs & their siblings. Jan and John set up Kirsty’s Kids to continue Kirsty’s work with a focus on helping to improve the lives of all children including those who are suffering from serious life limiting illnesses, children with special needs and their siblings.
They do this by providing accommodation for these children and their families in the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish Highlands. All expenses including travel, food and all living costs are provided by the charity. Their grounds have been transformed with a large model railway, craft room, wood craft studio for families, hydro care facilities and a sound and sight sensory room. Much of Jan and John’s time during ‘respite’ stays is spent getting kids involved in projects. The facilities that Jan and John have built over the years are used by the kids with John’s guidance to help them design and build all manner of things which creates self-worth and helps them build self-confidence.
In June 2020 a devastating flood caused by heavy rain piling up behind ditches which had blocked due to lack of maintenance by a third party suddenly cleared and sent a tsunami of water washing away part of the railway line between Fort William and Mallaig pushing the debris of mud and rocks through Kirsty’s Kids property creating total devastation. Everything that Jan and John had worked so hard for was destroyed by mud, rocks, and water in minutes. By sheer hard work, and volunteers putting in thousands of hours of work, Kirsty’s Kids is nearly back where it was before the flood. However, there is still a need to provide the equipment that the kids use. To get Kirsty’s Kids back to its full potential again, we need to raise at least £5,000, which will be used to replace these specialist pieces of equipment used by the kids.
We have been running our Guest House in Fort William for 5 years and have always collected money for Kirsty’s Kids. However, as retirement age approaches, we will soon be saying goodbye to our business. So, I decided to make one last effort to help them over this hurdle. I will be walking across Scotland west coast to east coast, wild camping, between 15th and 27th May this year. I ask you please, to donate via the link to help us get to this total of £5,000 and finally get Kirsty’s Kids running at full potential to provide support to these kids with life limiting illnesses and their families.
- 1 year ago
Peter Moss OBE1 year ago
Well, I completed the walk on Thursday 26th May, a day early, having completed 193 miles in 11 1/2 days. In the back of my mind all of the time was the fact that the walk was for a brilliant cause and my heart constantly went out to John Bryden who was nursing his mother (another great fundraiser for Kirsty's Kids) in the last few days of her life. I now wish to reach out to more people to try and increase the amount we have raised and help John and Jan get Kirsty's Kids back up and running properly again. Please help me by telling friends.
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Jul 4, 2022
Well Done and for a great cause!
Jun 17, 2022
The Day Family
Jun 17, 2022
Well done Peter such a great achievement xx
Jun 15, 2022
This is a really important Highland charity.
Jun 5, 2022
really badly needed work
Jun 4, 2022
May 31, 2022
Great work Pete!
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