Tom Inglis is a keen walker and observer, he writes regular notes on the interconnections between the local environment, history, weather and wildlife.
Well done to all our volunteers. Since June we have raised £2,526.34 in can collections. Very many thanks for your all your help in this.
This will help not only with wildlife reserves such as at Bawsinch, Duddingston and Red Moss, Balerno but also in the wider countryside.
We are now looking for volunteers for 2014 for the following slots:
Thurs 25th and Fri 26th April at Sainsbury’s, Cameron Toll, Edinburgh 10 – 12, 12 – 2, 2 – 4, 4 – 6. Volunteers are needed for all four of the two hour slots. Please would you let Averil Stewart ( 01506 842676 or firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can help and your preferred slot by 5th April.
These collections are a vital component of the fund raising and help with management of SWT reserves in the Lothians. They also help support our lecture programme and publication of Lothian Talk. However, it is interesting to note the variations in money raised over the past few years and not surprisingly it has been dropping. Eight days in 2004 brought in almost £4K (average of just under £500 a day) whereas last year over 9 days we raised £3223 giving average of £358. Conclusion: it is not only getting difficult to get days since we are in competition with lots of other charities, but we have to work harder when given the opportunity.
How can we be more focused?
Where possible the new pull-up banner will be used to help reinforce our presence. Catching the eye of shoppers, and being conspicuous are important as is standing apart in order to cast the net wider! Not all outlets make the job easy, especially if we are expected to stand in a corner tucked away. Sometimes it is possible to request permission to stand elsewhere, especially if the foyer is particularly cold and if it could be more advantageous to our cause to be inside. This is a clarion call please to help maximise our chances in bringing in much needed cash and trying to improve on this past year’s takings.
SWT can provide smart micro fleeces bearing SWT logo and text. They certainly help to reinforce what we are representing and especially in this SWT’s 50th Year. If you are a regular volunteer, or plan to become so and hence would like to have one, please contact Averil ASAP.
Lothian Members Centre and, hence, SWT is indebted to all of our volunteers for their willing contribution.