We are pleased to support local charities and give donations to hundreds of worthy causes every year. We try to take every opportunity to contribute to the wider community.
We pay a proportion of any profit we make to charity. In 2022/23 we have donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, The White Helmets, Macmillan Cancer Support, Highland Hospice and Marie Curie.
We give away one complimentary pass (for 2 adults and 2 children) to a worthy cause every day of the year and we allocate a percentage of these to Ukrainian refugees.
If you are interested in receiving a charitable donation as a prize for an upcoming raffle, then please email us at email@example.com and attach a formal request on your organisation’s headed letter, or provide a letter of support/authorisation issued by the charity for which you are fundraising; this should state the nature of your fundraising and the planned date of your event. Make sure you include the best address to post the pass to as well. If you are a Ukrainian refugee who would like to visit on a complimentary basis, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of Ukrainian citizenship the number of tickets you would like and a preferred date.
We will aim to get in touch within 2 weeks. However, if you do not hear from us within this time, on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.
Calum's Cabin provide holiday homes for families affected by childhood cancer, so that they can make irreplaceable memories during a very difficult time. They also have 9 flats in Glasgow close to cancer treatment centres which allow families to stay together during long-term treatment.
We’ve been supporting Calum’s Cabin since 2009 when a former staff member of ours connected with the charity. We donate our unclaimed lost property to their charity shop on the island, ready to be sorted and resold to raise funds for them, and we also have a donation box in our gift shop for any spare change our visitors would like to donate.
Calum sadly passed away in 2007 at 12 years old due to an inoperable brain tumour. Calum's dream was for other families to have the chance to make unforgettable memories together, which is what inspired his family to open the holiday homes in his memory. Most of their accomodation is fully booked well in advance and they have a long list of families waiting to visit the beautiful Isle of Bute.
In February 2023 we visited Caroline, Calum's mum, who showed us some of their holiday homes, their two charity shops and their office. Seeing behind the scenes of the charity really made us appreciate how much hard work goes in to helping the families that have children battling cancer, and how the staff go above and beyond to relieve the family of any stress that might usually come with planning a holiday. Read about Calum's story here and learn how you can support the charity here.
Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home
Our staff recently voted to have Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home as one of our chosen charities! We're collecting donations in our gift shop and we hope to work closely with EDCH over the coming year to support them. The current energy crisis has had a huge impact on the Home and they're needing even more support to keep up the great work they do. Get to know more about them by reading their statement:
"Here at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, we give our all to keep loving homes whole and keep pets where they belong – with their families. When that’s not possible, we take them in and love them as if they’re our own. That means the best level of care possible, from food and veterinary care to toys and training. An animal’s love never stops. It’s unconditional and unlimited, day in, day out. That’s why we have taken the same approach with everyone who comes through our doors, four legs or two, since 1883.
Part of our mission is to raise awareness of pet poverty and support pets and their owners with open doors and open minds. Facing difficult times shouldn’t stop you from keeping the dog or cat you love in the home that loves them. When it comes to caring for the people and pets of East and Central Scotland, we never give up. Since launching our pet foodbank Paws Pantry in 2020, we have partnered with 70 human foodbanks to provide essential pet items, and the demand is only increasing."
"The cost-of-living crisis has hit the Home’s running costs hard. Inflation has increased our running costs to £3 million per year, and with our supporters giving less, the Home is continuously having to innovate to raise vital funds to ensure we are still able to support the community with our services."
To find out more and support them, please visit their website here. Thank you.
Light the Building
We light up our building lots of different colours to raise awareness for a variety of charities. Some examples include World Parkinson's Day, Neurofibromatosis awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness and Batten Disease. Our colourful building stands out in the Edinburgh skyline to shine a beacon to these very worthy causes.
If you have a charitable cause that lights up for awareness and would like us to participate, please get in touch with some details by emailing email@example.com.