Not much in the way of an update today, so apologies to everyone who was looking for words about the independence referendum. I’m off to a meeting of Yes Shettleston this evening, they’re having a wee party for their volunteers and very kindly invited me. Although to be honest, it’s the dug that they really invited. I’m just his butler.
I’d like to thank everyone who has donated to the Wee Ginger Care Needs Fund. The target of £10,000 was never a serious target, I just stuck it in in the usual panic that confronts me when faced with an internet form to fill in. I never expected the total to come anywhere close, but thanks to your care and generosity we have exceeded the target. The indiegogo appeal is now sitting at £10,585 and an additional £445 was received in postal donations. The funding period officially ends on Sunday.
Although originally the appeal fund was intended to raise money to buy in extra care help for my partner Andy, things have changed. Two days after starting the appeal, we found a buyer for our house in Spain. Unfortunately the house hasn’t sold for the price we hoped, and it’s left us with a shortfall of around £14,000 in the amount we need to buy the rented flat we currently live in. So the entire amount raised by the fundraiser appeal will go towards making up the shortfall, and we should – just about – squeeze home. It’s going to be very tight financially, but we’ve got a chance of making it now thanks to your generosity and kindness. Without this fundraising appeal we’d have had no chance at all. Words alone cannot express our gratitude. You’ve given us a roof over our heads.
Andy is still in hospital. He suffered another stroke early in July and it has had a significant impact on his mobility. His dementia has progressed further and most of the time he’s no longer engaging with people. I spoke with the physiotherapist the other day and she told me that they are reaching the limits of what they are able to do to help him in hospital, but unfortunately in her opinion he still does not have sufficient mobility in order to return home. They’re giving him another week to see if there is any more improvement, but if not we will have to discuss his additional care needs and how they can best be met. I don’t want him to go into residential care, and will do all I can to avoid that happening, but things are still up in the air. Getting him home will entail him getting substantially more care support than he had previously. But thanks to you, at least he will have a home to come back to.
Once the official fundraising period is over, I will take a couple of days to send individual emails of thanks to everyone who has donated. However some donations have been made anonymously, and most of the postal donations were made without a return address – so I won’t be able to contact those people to thank them. I’m writing this blog post as a way of expressing our thanks to those kind but anonymous individuals.
You’ve demonstrated that Scotland is a country of caring and generous people, and irrespective of what happens in September, or what happens with Andy, that gives me great hope for the future and has brought immense comfort during a difficult, painful and distressing time. So thank you again. With people like you in it, Scotland can never fail.