Take A Moment today - to help CHAS

Today (Thursday, May 14) is Take A Moment Day, organised by the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

It is being staged as part of Children’s Hospice Awareness Week 2015, which runs from May 11 to May 17, with the theme Make Every Moment Count.

CHAS decided to keep its message simple this year by staging Take A Moment Day today.

The main aim is to raise as much as possible for CHAS, while raising awareness too.

Fundraiser Laura Campbell said: “Rather than try to stage events throughout the week, we’re focusing our efforts on Thursday, May 14.

“We’re asking people to Take a Moment to think about CHAS by donating £1 – or as much as they can.

Take A Moment...today (Thursday, May 14) to help the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

Take A Moment...today (Thursday, May 14) to help the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

“A huge number of individuals and organisations have already lined up to support us and we hope your readers will get involved too.”

CHAS has 79 members of staff at Rachel House in Kinross and 82 at Robin House in Balloch, near Loch Lomond.

They are ably backed by around 900 volunteers who provide more than £1 million worth of support every year.

CHAS has 350 children on its books, referred by medical professionals or family and friends.

Rachel House opened in 1996, after four years of fundraising and Robin House opened in 2005.

It costs £11 million to retain the hospices, CHAS at Home and its charity shops each year.

Just 25 per cent of that (£2.75m) is funded by NHS Boards in Scotland. The remainder is raised via legacies, fundraising and supporters.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

So Take A Moment today to help the charity continue its extraordinary work with families in Scotland.

Individuals and organisations can donate more if they text their donation – as 25p will be gift aided to CHAS.

Text CHWK99 then an amount of £1, £3, or £5 to 70070. For example to donate £1 text CHWK991 to 70070. You can also Register for Take A Moment Day by calling 0131 444 1515.

Keep up to date with all the fundraising activities on Facebook or look out for the #momentscount on Twitter.

And please let our news team know if you are doing anything to help CHAS on Take A Moment Day – we’d be delighted to feature your efforts.