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St Boswells Golf Club recently encouraged players to donate to Fresh Start if any wayward shots sent their ball out of bounds…. Thanks for the generous cheque!

Newsflash!

We’ve been included in the next Co-op Local Community Fund – 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.

Every time you buy selected own-brand products and services, 2% of the money you spend goes to local causes in their community.

If you’re not already a Co-op Member you can join online for £1 at Coop.co.uk/membership/?linkId=29004009 and select Fresh Start Borders as your local cause.

Thanks to the Co-op and to you!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Bishop of Edinburgh’s Lent Appeal 2019 raised a whopping £17,752 – giving £8,876 each to Fresh Start Borders and Mercy Ships. Our huge thanks go to all the congregations that donated to the appeal. The money will help us to continue to improve the quality of the home starter packs for local people moving from homelessness into permanent housing.

Not only did FatFace Kelso win a nationwide company competition, but they also chose Fresh Start Borders as the local charity to receive the £2000 prize-money!
Congratulations and huge thanks to the team from Kelso who came across to Selkirk to present us with the cheque this week.

Four Eildon staff were delighted recently to lend us a hand. The Association supports a voluntary programme called ‘Eildon Makes a Difference‘, which allows staff to take up to a full day’s work a year to help with local initiatives and/or out in the community.

We needed help to sort the curtains that had been kindly donated and the Eildon staff helped to to measure, pack and clearly label the curtains to help them with future distribution.

They’ll go in the starter packs which contain essential household items such as curtains, bedding, kitchen equipment and cleaning materials and are distributed across the Borders by agencies such as Scottish Borders Council Homelessness Service, local housing associations like Eildon and other charities.

We would like to convey a huge thank you the four Eildon staff members who created order out of chaos in our curtain department.  The bigger the pile of curtains became, the more it had been ‘left for another day’, so we really appreciate the difference they have made.

We are very grateful for a recent donation of beautiful, hand-made baby blankets from a very kind supporter who wishes to remain anonymous. These gorgeous,soft and eco-friendly blankets will make a touching addition to a home pack for a young family.

 

This week we received a huge delivery of items donated by staff and shoppers at Sainsbury’s stores in the Borders at Christmas. These fabulous gifts will make a big difference to people moving out of homelessness and into permanent accommodation in the Borders. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed so generously.

A kind supporter donated eight of these kitchen gift sets to us last week. Such thoughtful and attractively presented donations are really appreciated.

 

 

Selkirk Bowling Club President, Marjorie Lawrie, presented Fresh Start volunteers with a cheque for £226, raised at the club’s recent Fun Day. Our thanks go to everyone who helped to make the fun day, and Saturday’s coffee morning, such a success.

 

Our thanks go to Hawick Cycling Club for their generous donation of £200 in return for the lunch prepared by FSB chair and friends as the Ken Laidlaw Sportif riders pedalled past.