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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.

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday June 6th at 7pm, in St John’s Church Selkirk.

You are very welcome to join us, or to get in touch if you have any issues you would like us to raise.

Liz Elliott of Greenvale AP in Duns recently presented a £500 cheque to Irene McFadzean of Fresh Start Borders. Thank you, Greenvale, for choosing us as one of the four charities you supported during 2017.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sainsbury’s and the generous Borderers who donated to Fresh Start through Sainsbury’s Christmas appeal.  Following collections in stores in Peebles, Kelso, Hawick and Selkirk, we received 4 carloads of goods donated by staff and customers. What a fantastic Christmas gift!

Fresh Start Borders would like to thank the Souter Stormers for their recent donation of £1,345 and  Hawick Cycling Club for their cheque for £200.

Their generosity is hugely appreciated.

Read more about Selkirk’s Souter Stormers yarnstorming project on our Facebook Page.