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£8,320
raised of £5,000 target by 191 supporters

    Weʼve raised £8,320 to bring further joy and happiness to the young people of Beatlie School in West Lothian.

    Edinburgh
    Funded on Saturday, 16th April 2022

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    Beatlie School in Livingston, West Lothian, provides specialist education for pupils aged three to 18 with severe and complex educational support and profound medical needs.

    The School will be moving to a brand new, purpose built facility and Hub South East, West Lothian Council’s Development Partner, has been entrusted with the delivery of this fantastic new learning space.

    When Hub South East's Project Director, Eileen Mackin, first set foot in the current Beatlie School, it stole her heart; So much so that she decided to challenge herself by overcoming a huge fear of heights and raising money for Beatlie's young people at the same time. We're nothing if not encouraging of our team to give back locally, so we booked Eileen in to do a parachute jump on 27th March and all the money raised through this page as a result, will go directly to Beatlie School.

    Read on for some more background as to Eileen's motivation. If you can, please donate to this worthy cause. The School has really positive connections with its local community and any money raised will help ensure these continue after the move to its new location.

    It’s so hard to capture in words, the feeling I get from being at Beatlie, but i'll do my best... On my very first visit I walked through the door and instantly felt welcome. I was a stranger coming to visit the school and as I was shown around, it was clear that the environment wasn’t suitable for the specific needs of the young people and staff but they didn’t complain and in each room there was something positive going on and there was joy and happiness.

    Whilst walking in the corridor we met a boy who had the biggest smile and cheekiest face and was doing a great job navigating the corridors, dodging the obstacles, in his walker. Most of us would complain but he just smiled and got on with it.

    In the next room there was a pamper session for a young lady lying in the bed who unfortunately, because of her condition, couldn’t go to the dining area with everyone else but did enjoy getting pampered – who doesn’t! So pampering it was and it was done with such care and she was loving it…..not something you see in every classroom you visit.

    In the next class it was storytime about an owl and her babies in a nest. There were 5 young people in the room, each of them in a mobility chair/ standing frame or bed and the story was read with such enthusiasm and the classroom assistant used simple things like leaves, twigs, blankets, puppets etc. to bring the story to life. The expressions of joy and happiness on the faces of the young people were just incredible and so special to watch. If this is what simple sensory equipment can do imagine what their new immersive sensory school will do? This was story telling with a difference.

    I could go on about the activities in each of the rooms but it was just such a happy school where you could feel the care and love that you find in families. Yes there were challenges, either personal challenges due to the complex disabilities or challenges presented because of the building that the school is in currently, but everyone just gets on with them and makes the best out of what they have and doesn't complain. I left Beatlie full of admiration for every single person in it and it did make me realise how fortunate I am and at that moment I wanted to do something for the Beatlie community.

    I thought long and hard about what to do and decided that it had to be personally challenging for me – to push myself out of my comfort zone. Those who know me, know that I am terrified of heights so of course the logical thing to do would be to jump from a plane! When I raised this idea with the team at Hub South East, they thought I was mad, but we're all about delivering local community benefits, so what better a way to give back as part of the Beatlie project. Hub South East has paid for the jump itself so that all money raised can go to Beatlie - we're hoping to kickstart the new year by raising at least £2022! . I'm determined to raise as much as possible and put even more smiles on the faces of Beatlie's young people.

    Thanks for any support you can give!

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      1 month ago

      Message 3 of 3... it was my small way of saying thank you to them for letting me be part of their very special journey. Almost two years on and I’ve completed that and overcome an enormous personal challenge and found the courage to jump 10,000ft out of a plane but I couldn’t have done that without the support of every single one of you! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making this such an incredible experience and one I will never forget! We'll post here again when we handover the money raised to Beatlie. Eileen x

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      Message 2 of 3... I just wanted to take a few minutes out to say a massive thank you to all my family, friends, colleagues and members of the Beatlie community who have all supported me and helped me raise the fantastic sum of £8320. Someone recently asked me why I chose Beatlie and my response was…I didn’t choose it, it chose me! From the first second of walking into Beatlie and meeting the incredible young people and staff I knew I was going to do something to raise some funds for them.

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    Supporters

    191

    • Brodies LLP

      Brodies LLP

      Apr 5, 2022

      Really fantastic fundraising! Well done!

      £100.00

    • Laura Cameron

      Laura Cameron

      Apr 3, 2022

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 3, 2022

    • Suzanne Kennedy

      Suzanne Kennedy

      Apr 3, 2022

      Well done Eileen! Amazing courage. ❤️

      £50.00

    • Wardell Armstrong

      Wardell Armstrong

      Apr 1, 2022

      What a star you are! Fantastic idea and will really make a difference.

      £100.00

    • Mark Baxter

      Mark Baxter

      Apr 1, 2022

      Well done Eileen that video terrified me! Very Brave.

      £50.00

    • Space Zero Team

      Space Zero Team

      Apr 1, 2022

      Well done Eileen from all the Team at Space Zero

      £100.00

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    Hub South East is West Lothian Council's Development Partner, currently working on the delivery of the new Beatlie School Campus in Livingston. Find out more about our work at www.hubsoutheastscotland.co.uk

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