Wee Ginger fundraiser

It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able to import my American spouse into Scotland to live here permanently. As well as the need to demonstrate a minimum level of annual income, £18,600, there are also hefty legal and visa fees to pay.

I really don’t like doing fundraisers, and I really don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I work my wee socks off for the independence movement. I publish this blog, and I do talks to local indy groups all over Scotland without asking for a fee. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly enjoy it. It’s a huge privilege to meet all the wonderful, talented, and committed people who make the Scottish independence movement something really special. However it takes up a lot of time and energy to keep blogging and doing public talks, time and energy that I could be using to generate an income to prove to the Home Office that I am able to support my American spouse.

The truth is that if every regular reader of this blog gave just one pound a year, I’d be pulling in well over £100,000 annually. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Publishing and selling books and maps helps, as does selling t-shirts, but it’s pretty hit and miss. I do get paid by The National for my twice weekly articles, but that doesn’t pay anything like as much as you might think it would. In order to be confident that I can meet the minimum income requirements demanded by the Home Office, cover the cost of a wedding on both sides of the Atlantic, and cover the fees required to pay the visas and associated legal costs, I need to do a fundraiser for £10,000.

Any help you can give would be immensely appreciated. Help me to keep campaiging, and help me to show that Scotland is a welcoming place for migrants – at least one special migrant in particular, the man I’m going to marry in October.

You can donate by clicking the following link and donating on my Gofundme page.
https://www.gofundme.com/wee-ginger-fundraiser

Alternatively you can donate by clicking on the Paypal “Donate” button on this page, or by logging in to www.paypal.com and making a payment to me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com If you would prefer to donate by some other method, cash, cheque, or bank transfer, please contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for details.

Many thanks for all your support. You’ve no idea how much it means to me.

You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If you don’t have a Paypal account, just select “donate with card” after clicking the button.
Donate Button

If you have trouble using the button, or you prefer not to use Paypal, you can donate or purchase a t-shirt or map by making a payment directly into my bank account, or by sending a cheque or postal order. If you’d like to donate by one of these methods, please email me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com and I will send the necessary information. Please also use this email address if you would like the dug and me to come along to your local group for a talk.

26 comments on “Wee Ginger fundraiser

  1. Molly McC says:

    £s for the shirts and the fundraiser in the mail today Paul. All the best with what I hope, is overwhelming response

  2. TSD says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female and commented:
    Helping the Dug by giving him a wedding present! Go on, you know you want to!

  3. Neil Anderson says:

    Hi Paul, I’m so happy that you’re getting hitched to your loved one soon. It’s a beautiful thing when two people are so much in love. My partner and I have been sharing one another’s lives, space and differences for 28 years now and, despite the ups and downs, are as happy as we’ve oever been. The fact that we’ve never felt it necessary to legitimise our relationship in the eyes of any law (civil or otherwise) is a source of great pride for us. Neither of us has ever been bothered about how we cement our togetherness, especially with regard to establishment mmores! Our children love us despite the fact that wedlock has not “legitimised” them; they are human beings first and foremost, and – I am hugely proud to say – very good human beings.
    I reckon it would take only 155 individuals to contribute £10 per month for you to meet the £18 600 you require as a minimum income to make it safe for your future spouse to be welcome in this beautiful land ( Scotland, of course!). I’m absolutely sure that there are at least 154 more like me, and a whole lot more at that. So i’ll keep supporting you as long as I can Paul because you are a decent human being. Just like my children, in fact. Decent human beings.
    You have encouraged and inspired me for years now, and I thank you for that from the top of my heart. (I’ve never liked that bottom of my heart thing…)

  4. Small donation made but, happy to help

  5. Ron Preedy says:

    Donated via Paypal, all the best from Germany 👍

  6. Toni Young says:

    Hi Paul

    Just to let you know there is £25 in your account from my bank. I happily pay £10 per 4 weeks, your blogs and appearances are worth that to everyone who reads or attends meetings.

    Kind regards

  7. Anne Martin says:

    T-shirt ordered and donation made to Go Fund. Keep up the good work Paul, you do such a lot for the indy cause.

  8. Steve Bearne says:

    Hey Paul

    PayPal donate button doesn’t seem to be working – is this just me? Can’t enter an amount when directed to the page.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

  9. Angela Connor says:

    I love your work and your dedication to Indy, small donation sent via PayPal just wish it could have been more, wishing you success with the fundraiser and a long and happy marriage x

  10. gearratio1 says:

    Early wedding present on its way

  11. Geordie says:

    Done. Your work for the cause is crucial.

  12. Lynne Dixon says:

    @Steve Bearne – the cursor in the amount box doesn’t work, but if you just start typing the donation amount, it automagically appears 🙂 Just got caught out with that myself.

  13. Weechid says:

    Sent what I could – If the Euromillions comes up tonight your target will be met. (But you’ll have to let me sing at your wedding in return:-) )All the best.

  14. Cactuscheeks says:

    Stuck in a wee ten spot, It’s not much but every little helps I guess. I really appreciate and enjoy your work,
    Unfortunately you will have to consider it a wedding gift as well as payment for services rendered.

    Good luck.

  15. chicmac says:

    Donated via Paypal

  16. graemedbruce says:

    Donation happily made Paul.

  17. Stephen says:

    Donation made Paul. Wish it could be more.

  18. Andy MacNicol says:

    This is my first stop each day when I switch on. Entertaining, informative, and always written from the heart. Well worth a wee £20. 🙂

  19. Les Bremner says:

    A donation/wedding present is on its way via PayPal. Thank you for your essential and uplifting work.

  20. trish young says:

    Donated with pleasure, for all the pleasure your blog gives me…keep on blogging and much happiness to you and your partner

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