Fundraising Update October 2021 This past year has been a year like no other for fundraising, but we are tentatively emerging to the new normal, with a renewed sense of hope. It’s been a year since I started working as the Kindred fundraiser now and feel a real sense of the Kindred family, now I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a few of our wonderful families and got to know the team here. It’s been a busy year; we have made a large number of funding applications, set up a new website with lots of fundraising tips so please go check this out if you are looking for ideas. We’ve also set up a new database to help us keep track of all our funders and supporters. I’ve experienced my first Kiltwalk (that's me in the banner above with fellow Kiltwalkers Ant and John) which was amazing. I'm hope next year Kindred can recruit enthusiastic walkers, or rollers for our Kiltwalk 2022. Look out for information in the spring! Our year got off to a wild and wet start with Mhari doing a 30 day Wild Swim fundraiser highlighting the importance of mental health for parent carers and supporting Kindred in light of our 30th Anniversary. We’ve had marvellous support from lots of parents like Laura Bell and the Dunbar Supermums and WonderWomen plus a Super-Wonder-dad who took part in running the 2021 Edinburgh Marathon Relay back in May. Thanks for those of you have held birthday fundraisers, they are always so much fun and we really appreciate your support. My fundraiser highlight of the year was when we enjoyed a couple of days out with our families at Holyrood Palace and Cowden Japanese Gardens. If you, your family or even your work colleagues would like to take part in fundraising of any sort (perhaps during our Kindred Christmas appeal), please contact me or speak to one of the team. We have lots of tips and guides on our website and are always happy to chat to you about any ideas. Thank you, Hazel.