A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated or assisted. This would not have happened without you.
Saturday 21st December was a massive effort from many volunteers, wrapping and stacking presents. Service users of the Bethany Night Shelter and Streetwork received a Christmas Stocking
(white bin bag!) filled with wrapped gifts and tied with ribbon with a Christmas sticker. The plastic bags seemed the most practical option for people out in all weather conditions. The
bags contained a mixture of items such as socks, scarves, hats, gloves, underwear, toiletries and chocolate. Streetwork were able to distribute gifts to their service users over the
Christmas period and were also providing a Christmas meal.
We delivered to The Bethany Night Shelter on Saturday evening (thank you to Janis and John). The night shelter provides a bed for overnight accommodation for 63 men and 12 women and we were
able to provide a Christmas Stocking full of gifts for all their users for Christmas morning. They also received bags and boxes of additional clothing items. Bethany and Streetwork could
not believe how many presents we handed in...all thanks to you.
Another organisation to receive gifts was Four Square. As Four Square operate a male hostel and a female hostel plus an additional 6 bed female unit, we were able to use Christmas gift bags
for the male gifts which we filled with lovely items. Thanks to all the donations of lovely handbags, we were able to fill and wrap handbags with coordinated outfits such as a matching scarf
and sweater, necklace, cosmetics, toiletries etc. They made beautiful gifts. Thank you to the creative volunteers who did such a great job of putting items together. We were also
able to donate boxes and bags of clothes and items such as hair straighteners, books, umbrellas etc!
Gift bags were also used for donations to Women's Aid. These gifts needed to be passed on to Women's Aid unwrapped so items were put together into the gift bags with lovely notes of support
(we included all the notes and cards of support in gifts to all the organisations).
We finally finished wrapping and left the hall around 6.30/7pm on Saturday and Janis, John and myself delivered two carloads of gifts to Bethany Night Shelter that evening. They couldn't
believe everyone was getting a bag full of gifts. We met a couple of ladies waiting outside for the night shelter to open and as we had a few additional wrapped ladies gifts in the car we gave
them to these ladies. One lady gasped when she opened the present to see a lovely sweater and make up bag filled with goodies. She said how beautiful they were and gave us a hug.
The other lady was jumping up and down, hugging her gift. Her gift bag also contained a small cuddly panda and she was overjoyed with this, clutching it to her chest. She looked like she had
found the teddy from her childhood. Seeing the reaction of these two ladies alone made all the effort worthwhile.
Thank you to Jenny, Geraldine, Sally, Chris and Fredericka who stored and delivered all the gifts to Four Square and Women's Aid on Monday 23rd December. Both organisations were delighted to
receive so many gifts for their service users.
We were so grateful for the Just Giving money which was used on Saturday 21st December to buy mostly men's gift items as there are many more homeless men than women but also because there were
more female items donated than men's gifts. I did an Asda shop in the morning for men's socks, underwear, deodrants, shower gel, chocolate and other items we needed. Thank you to Annie and
Elaine for dashing out on Saturday afternoon to buy the additional items that we had run out of and buying additional items from their own funds.
20/12/19 - I got a puncture last night and phoned Rogers Mobile Tyre Fitting. I explained it was urgent as I had to pick up
donations today, plus needed to start to move bags and boxes of items to the church this afternoon. Roger drove to Newbridge at 7am this morning to pick up a tyre, then drove out of Edinburgh
to fit the tyre this morning and had it all done before 9am! As if that wasn't enough, this kind man would only take the money for the cost of the tyre saying it was a good cause and
its Christmas. What a wonderful man with a big Santa Claus beard! I think he should rename his business 'Roger to the Rescue' - THANK YOU ROGER
EWTA Chief Instructor, Master Howard Gibbon will be coming to Edinburgh to teach a one day Tai Chi course on 9th June 2018.
You can attend either the full day or half day (or decide on the day). The workshop is suitable for any level and
will help you develop greater understanding of your Tai Chi Form.
Full details are below:
- Date: Saturday 9th June 2018
- Time: Half Day: 10am-12.45pm, Full Day: 10am-4pm
- Lunch: 12.50-1.20pm - complementary tea/coffee/herbals and biscuits
- Venue: Barclay Viewforth Church, 1 Wrights Houses, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN
- Cost: Half day £25, Full day £45
- To Book: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students and friends sorting and wrapping Christmas presents for the homeless at Barclay Viewforth Church on Saturday 17th December 2016. What a tremendous effort!
The students and teachers of Lee Tai Chi classes are collecting items to make up Christmas care packages for the homeless. We've been thinking about how
we can bring some cheer to many people who do not have even the basics.
Simple things we take for granted are a luxury when you have nothing. Most of us have nearly new items which we no longer need or surplus toiletries and
these are all appreciated. The majority of homeless people in Edinburgh are men but there are also a number of ladies.
If you would like to purchase something new, many stores have items on the list below for £1-£5 and these are all very much appreciated.
Please help us make someone's Christmas really special this year by donating/purchasing any items of the list:
- warm hats
- tights (all deniers as these can be worn under trousers)
- underwear (male and female)
- toiletries such as shower gel/shampoo/conditioner/deodrant
- sanitary products
- second hand medium sized towels
- selection box/chocolate
- unused make-up/samples/cleanser/make-up remover/nail polish
- a paperback book/magazine
- Unwanted copies of Oor Wullie/Broons/Viz
PLEASE DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS AS IT IS NECESSARY TO ARRANGE THEM INTO ROUGHLY EQUAL AMOUNTS PER CARE PACKAGE AND ENSURE WE SORT INTO MALE/FEMALE/SIZES.
IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE INCLUDE A GIFT TAG (OR JUST A NOTE) WE CAN INCLUDE IN THE GIFT, SUCH AS 'Merry Christmas, best wishes Anne' OR SIMILAR.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS - WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON.
Please email email@example.com to arrange collection. Thank you.
Master Grade Instructor, Jim Anderson volunteered to teach a Tai Chi session with the boys at the Longniddry Cub Pack during their celebration of Chinese New Year.
County Coach Angela Fallon teaching the 'Elderberries' at Forestbank Community Group, West Lothian
Nov 2013 some of the Teachers, Teacher's in Training and two Classroom Assistants took ourselves off for a weekend of training at Firbush Outdoor Centre, on the banks of Loch Tay. We were
lucky enough to have sunny, crisp weather and the Loch was so calm and flat at times it looked like a mirror. The scenery was truly spectacular and the tranquility
of Loch Tay washed over all of us. The centre is owned by the University of Edinburgh and the dining room which became a perfect Tai Chi hall had the most amazing 180 degree vista of the
mountains and the loch.
Kathleen took some great photos, here's one to give you an idea.
Some photos from previous courses