The Leanne Fund wishes to extend a huge THANK YOU to Co-op customers in Stornoway who have helped raise more than £12,000 for the charity.
As the foremost Cystic Fibrosis (CF) charity in Scotland, The Leanne Fund works with individuals affected by CF and their families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian to provide vital social, practical, emotional and financial assistance.
The Co-op’s Local Community Fund has allowed Co-op members to support the charity while doing the weekly shop with 1% of spend on Co-op branded products going to the charity along with money raised from carrier bag sales.
The Leanne Fund is delighted to receive this cash which will fund a brand new service – ‘On the Move’ – a programme to support young people with CF who are moving away to College or University or setting up home independently for the first time.
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: “We are so grateful to the Co-op and its Members who have raised such a phenomenal amount of money which will make such a difference to the lives of young people with CF.
“’On the Move’ is a new service which has been created in response to demand from those we work with. For a young person with CF, moving out of home can be a very daunting prospect and presents many practical challenges.
“Through this programme we hope to be able to assist with providing essential items such as a fridge for storing medicine, help with heating costs; a mentor/befriending service etc.
“Moving away to College or University or setting up home for the first time can be really exciting but it can also be extremely stressful and worrying as new social relationships have to be built up. These are inevitably constrained by the nature of the illness and the need to protect against infection.
“At The Leanne Fund we recognise that these may be additional worries for young people with Cystic Fibrosis moving out of home and we want to do all that we can to help.”
She added: “We want to keep everyone informed about the work of The Leanne Fund and would encourage members to log on to our website to see more about the work we do and we will provide regular updates on this specific programme which is only able to move forward because of funding from the Co-op and its customers.”
Steven Cooper, store manager of Co-op’s Macaulay Road store, said: “We’re a close knit community and our customers and members have relished the opportunity to support such a wide range of local causes whilst doing their everyday shopping.
“It’s a great feeling to know that the groups and charities have had a funding boost from Co-op and can start to put the money to good use.”
The Leanne Fund will be hosting a day and evening of fabulous fun for the ladies of Lewis & Harris on Saturday 17th June.
We will be throwing a vintage style afternoon tea party, under a marquee, on the Castle Green of Stornoway. The event will consist of a Prosecco reception, various musicians throughout the day, lawn games, canapes, a hog roast, raffles, Catch 22 will join us in the evening and much, MUCH more!!
The film, created by Liz Macbain and Ged Yeates and produced by MG ALBA, showcases the work of the charity and tells the individual stories of young people affected by CF.
We hope you will take some time out to watch our fillm and share it with your friends and help us raise even more awareness of the challenges faced by those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and how The Leanne Fund is making a difference in their lives.
Seven years of providing support for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and The Leanne Fund is looking forward to another year of expansion ahead.
As the charity marks its seventh anniversary this month, it is going through a major phase of service expansion from the Highlands and Islands to the Grampian region and will celebrate this milestone with some additional fundraising events throughout 2017.
This summer Team Leanne will take on their biggest challenge yet – the Magnificent Seven – an extreme challenge to climb seven Munros in less than 24 hours! The team from the Isle of Lewis have begun their training and plan to take on the challenge in July.
Other upcoming events include a fundraiser by local DJs George and Paul on March 4th in the Lewis and Harris Rangers Club and the annual Point 5k on June 3rd.
The 7th birthday will also be marked by the launch of a promotional film supported by MG Alba. Some clips from the film have already been released which describe more about the work of the Fund and the lives of those it supports (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32LMeHm9b4Y&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odHJSJKEftk)
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of The Leanne Fund said: “The Fund has grown so much over the last seven years.
“It began offering special treats for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis across the Highland and Islands to now providing ten different services to those with CF right across the north of Scotland.
“Expansion to the Grampian area is now well underway and the Fund is now able to support more than 150 individuals and their families.
“The last year has seen the Fund open its first office, employ its first member of staff and launch a brand new website. The board and volunteers are looking forward to continuing to support those with CF and creating new services in the future in response to needs identified.”
Over the years The Leanne Fund has supported individuals through family breaks, driving lessons, complementary therapies, spa days, pamper treatments for inpatients, gym memberships, fitness equipment, crisis support and counselling.
Specific programmes include Get Active which assists with provision of sport/fitness equipment or gym/sports club membership to help improve and maintain fitness and ‘On the Move’, a new initiative to assist young people with CF with independent living.