People in Strathaven enjoyed a Burns Night Supper including traditional fayre, poetry and music; in aid of HHI. Ian Wright put the evening together - creating a varied programme including a grand assortment of musicians from Pipers to Guitar soloists. Of course there was some of Robert Burns poetry to celebrate his works on this special evening. As seen before - this group of great supporters put on a good spread, catered for by Ian and Renie Gow with the support of the church. Food was supplied by Prestons (local butchers) and McGuires (fruit and veg) at cost price, and Ian and Renie kindly donated the actual cost. We thank them all for the effort and the success brought about by their energy and enthusiasm and of course to those who attended. In addition to tickets for the night raising £860 a huge amount of raffle prizes were donated to the cause, managed by Helen Baird and Cath Russell, raising a further £443. With other craft sales and selling of left over haggis the total raised for the event comes to £1,518. This amount of money will make a very big impact on people we work for - they will be richly blessed by your kindness. Thank you Rabbie Burns and thank you to our supporters in Strathaven. “Hope Springs Exulting on Triumphant Wing.” R. Burns. See more photos in the gallery.
Throughout the year many supporters and organisations such as hospitals and churches donate items for HHI to load onto a container bound for Zambia; and for the first time we received many continental quilts from a well known hotel chain. In addition to such 'one offs' we collect and store a wide variety of items – ranging from hospital beds and wheelchairs to pencils and knitted dolls. In fact in recent months we have received a large amount of knitted items – dolls, clothes and blankets from a number of individuals and knitting groups.
Good news. We have just heard that the container has arrived in Monze - in tact and without incident or any additional charges; which can happen with such an operation. As you can see from this picture it has arrived full to the brim with lots of items you have donated and we have stored over the past year. This year we also 'sold' some space to Hands Across the World for them to ship items for their work in Zambia.
Take a look at more photographs in the gallery.
The Bystanders on Eggheads has been recorded! Though sworn to secrecy about the result we can tell you that the team's performance is 'in the can.' It was quite a challenging and draining experience but at the same time a great opportunity. The team met at least one of their objectives - to use the show to publicise HHI and raise our profile. We will have to wait and see whether they met the second objective - to win some money! When we know the broadcast date we will post the details on the website. Well done to all the team for having a go - we wait with eager anticipation to see how it went.
Bystanders left to right: Harris Douglas, Iain Park, John Spurrier-Davies, Eddie Donald, Edmund Plummer and Mike Hopkin