A spoonful of sugar from St Mary’s, Melrose

Mary Poppins at St Mary's Melrose

We’d like to express our enormous thanks to St Mary’s School, Melrose, for choosing Hazel’s Footprints as the beneficiary of their charity performance of Mary Poppins in March. Pupils at the school put on a stonker of a production with some seriously talented performers.  A combination of ticket sales and bar sales resulted in an amazing donation of £1,383.18. Well done to the actors, the teachers, the parent helpers and everyone who worked so hard to produce such a fantastic show.

Fundraising Success – Footprints Ball 2018

Footprints Ball Organising Committee

The Footprints Ball 2018 has raised £17,740.77 – and we are absolutely thrilled! The event was held earlier in the summer in aid of both Hazel’s Footprints Trust and Pilgrims Hospices.  What an incredible achievement for the Organising Committee and their guests, well done!  A big thank you from Hazel’s Footprints The 2018 event was the second Footprints Ball to have been held, the inaugural event in 2016. It’s fair to say we were utterly delighted to be selected again to benefit from it.  Joan Scott Aiton, […]

Hazel’s Footprints at the London Marathon

  Huge congratulations to Lorcan and Euan on their fantastic running in the London Marathon at the weekend! Well done Lorcan, our official HFT runner, for battling through your first marathon and raising a brilliant amount for us. And a massive well done Euan, for running the elite men’s race in a staggering 2hours 33min (quicker than Paula Radcliffe!) and also raising a fantastic amount for HFT. We hope the legs aren’t too sore and you’ve both been celebrating. Thank you to everyone who has […]

Update from HFT HQ – Summer 2013

The all new Hazel’s Footprints Website By Bill Scott Aiton Welcome to our fantastic all-new website.  A huge huge thanks to Pete Moore for all the hours of work he has put in to get it up and running.  I’m not sure he realized what an undertaking he was volunteering for but you’ll all agree I’m sure what a great job he has done. We only hope that Hazel appreciated what an amazing and loyal group of friends she had around her at school and […]

A wee Fling…a Bat and a Field!

Wednesday 14th August. 2013 Despite the weather looking decidedly ropey, just over 50 intrepid rounders players took to Inverleith Park in Edinburgh for the first ever HFT Rounders Tournament. With most not having played since their school days there was much arguing over the rules and a couple of umpires got some stick over their decisions. However, with the Thistly Cross Cider chilling and the BBQs heating up the tournament got off to an enthusiastic start. It would be fair to say that everyone found […]

A fundraising round up

The big news for Hazel’s Footprints is some wonderful fundraising ideas which are being planned, are works in progress and have been completed against all odds. Starting with the last we have Ben, Pete and Steve’s epic journey in a VW Beetle in the Africa Rally in December from London to the Cameroons. Against all odds (and advice from the Foreign Office) they managed to be first over the finishing line and raise over £2,000 for HFT. You can read the whole intrepid mission on  […]

The Hurlingham and other summer fundraisers

THE big event this summer has been the HFT London Ceilidh held in the Hurlingham club on the 1st of August. Not only was it a tremendous evening of meeting “old friends” amongst the young, but it was a fantastic venue with masses of room to reel the night away. Lucy and her team, who deserve a huge thanks for all the time and effort they put into making the evening go so smoothly, purposefully kept the tickets as low in price as possible to […]

Funding report: Eramba School by Sophie Rodgers

During the two months of July and August 2009, I spent my time at Eramba Mixed Secondary School in the Kisii region of Kenya working on a sustainable resource investment project whereby myself and my project partner bought over 550 textbooks and spent more than £500 on science equipment for the 220 students. The aim of the project was to do what we could to boost exam results in this small rural school by giving them a more concrete foundation for education through providing the […]

George Matts cycling to Cape Town

It has come to our attention that George Matts is about to embark on a fantastic cycle trip and will raise funds for Hazel’s Footprints as he bikes from Northamptonshire to Cape Town, yes Cape Town!!!! Visit his Justgiving page to help him with this huge challenge http:/www.justgiving.com/Cycle-to-Cape-Town And you can visit his website so you can keep up to date with his movements at: http://cycletocapetown.weebly.com/index.html In George’s own words The plan is to cycle from Northamptonshire to Cape Town across the Europe to Greece […]

Hazel’s Dramtastic 4

This will cost you nothing but a couple of minutes of your time, but give our team the chance to compete in a fantastic challenge. Hazel’s Dramtastic 4 are taking part in The 2010 Drambuie Pursuit  http://www.drambuie.co.uk/teams and need your help. All you have to do is go to the website, click on Hazel’s Dramtastic 4 in the list of teams and hit the Vote for Me button in the top right corner. The 5 teams with the most votes by 30th March will get […]

Good fortune

This email came in from Ben Newman a while back:- “I’m not a very superstitious person, but yesterday I went to take some cash out from a cashpoint outside work. Low and behold there was £50 sticking out of the cashpoint, beeping away. There must have been 3 or 4 people stood within sight / earshot of the cash, crying out to be had. I asked everyone stood around at the bus station nearby whether it was theirs, whether they’d forgotten it. I literally couldn’t […]

Loretto Fashion Evening

Last week we received the following letter completely out of the blue from Harriet Wood who is at Hazel’s old school, Loretto. “I am a member of the sixth form from Loretto School, and on the 18th of February we held an Evening of Fashion in the theatre to raise money for your charity. Many of the sixth formers were involved and around 350 people attended. It was a very successful event and we raised a large sum of money. Please find enclosed a donation […]

Funding Report: Action for Children in Conflict by Jo Bayley

In October 2008 I began a year long voluntary placement with Action for Children in Conflict, a UK based charity which works in Thika, Kenya to prevent and rehabilitate street children.  Although Hazel’s Footprints Trust were unable to support me with my personal costs whilst volunteering, they made a kind and generous donation to Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) and, over the course of my placement, I was able to see this money put to extremely good use. AfCiC work to transform the lives […]

Spring fundraising news

There is to be another Garden Opening in aid of Hazel’s Footprints this Spring at Baddingsgill, West Linton in Peeblesshire on Sunday 25th May by kind permission of Gavin and Elaine Marshall. They have an Opening every year as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme of their beautiful woodland garden 1,000 feet up in the Pentland Hills above West Linton – a stunning situation. Woodland and riverside walks, several re-claimed recently. Bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. Water garden. Treasure Hunt for children (of all ages)… If you […]

Musselburgh Gardens

Margo Cochrane sent a donation of £100 from two families who wanted a piece of land near Musselburgh to grow vegetables on. Well done Margo – you see the credit crunch does have some good points to it! — Image credit: clcphoto

Christmas fundraising round up

Rachael Ormrod, who has recently been out on a very successful trip to Otjikondo volunteering for six weeks, decided to give us a donation of £112 at Christmas time in lieu of sending cards and even better a Mrs Lancely was so impressed with Rachael’s idea that she sent one for £200!!! Thank you both very much. And while on the Christmas theme, our near neighbours Hugh and Marion Shaw donated £100 instead of sending people a present. Don’t know how well that went down […]

Wedding cars

When Guy and Philly Lee’s daughter Emma got married earlier this month our Trustee David Watt took his Bentley along with Toby Vint in his Rolls Royce out of their winter mothballs to act as the wedding cars and asked for an HFT donation instead of any payment, so thank you all for the £100. May we wish Emma and her new husband Charlie all the best for a long and happy marriage. — Image credit: chrisjd  

HFT London’s Kenya Project

The aim for HFT London is to donate over £5,500 to the sports project with an on-going commitment to support the sports training on a three year basis as we are always very keen to help with self-sustainability and continuity of projects. There are an estimated 1.1 million orphans in Kenya of which 150,000 are HIV positive. The Lawson High School project focuses on Kitui district. It seeks to alleviate the impact on society of orphans growing up in child headed households without moral, educational […]

Jill Elliot takes on the Bullock Smithy Hike

Jill Elliot, who was a friend of Hazel’s at Durham, has raised over £2,300 from a walk (well actually a 24 hour hike of over 50 miles!!!!) she and three others participated in in the Peak District and has very kindly sent in the following report all about it. 56 miles in 24 hours! No sweat! Or so we thought one night in the pub after a few (possibly too many) drinks! And so commenced our ‘Bullock Smithy’ adventure…. A friend of ours is an […]

Dave and Andy’s Everest Base Camp Trek

This is to say a huge thank you to all those who sponsored myself and Andy’s trip to Everest. As this email suggests we have made it home safe and sound, all limbs, toes and fingers in tact, and thanks to all of you not only did I have an experience that will stay with me and given me memories I will simply never forget, but you have helped raise a large amount of money that I know Hazel’s Footprints will use to great benefit. […]