Prize Fund 2019

The Prize Fund encourages donations to MND Scotland via my fundraising event pages (currently the Glasgow Kiltwalk):

One randomly selected, and rather lucky, donor will scoop the entire Prize Fund!

Prize donors (click here)

Organic homemade soap (Value £108.00)

MaryJean make the finest organic soap with apricot oil – by hand! And they have very kindly donated a selection of their soaps – which you can now win: Lavender (4 soaps), Goat’s Milk & Oatmeal (4 soaps), Patchouli & Lemongrass (3 soaps), Bergamot & Patchouli (3 soaps), Honey & Oatmeal (2 soaps) and Honey & Lemon (2 soaps).

Very kindly donated by: MaryJean

Truprint Vouchers (Value £100.00)

Truprint promise high quality photos and personalised gifts at great prices. THE brand to trust with your precious memories.

Very kindly donated by: Truprint

1 bottle of Jericho malt whisky (RRP £45.00)

The Lost Distillery Company produces hand-crafted whiskies styled on long-closed distilleries.

Very kindly donated by: The Lost Distillery Company

Mophie Power Boost Mini (RRP £34.95)

Never run out of mobile juice again. USB-charged battery boost gives up to 12 hours extra battery power (connectors included).

Very kindly donated by: Arnold Clark

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Family Ticket (Value £24.50)

Visit the birthplace of a genius. This ticket is vaild for entry to both the museum and Burns Cottage (and Education Pavilion).

Very kindly donated by: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS)

Imaginaria Gin Liqueur (RRP £22.68)

A harmonious blend of premium British Gin and delicately soft Turkish delight natural flavours with a hint of chocolate that combine to evoke the sweet rose flavours of the east.

Very kindly donated by: Imaginaria

MND Scotland Goodies (RRP £20.00)

A selection of items, that are also available to buy in the MND Scotland Shop: t-shirt (various sizes); enamel lapel badge; wristbands (x2); supermarket trolley token keyring; car sticker; pen; and a dog bandana (what all the best-dressed pooches are wearing this year).

Donated by self on behalf of: MND Scotland

One lucky donor to my fundraising events in 2019 (in aid of MND Scotland) will win ALL of the above prizes.

Each donor’s name will go into the prize draw once for every £5 donated (example: a £10 donation gives you two chances). I will make the draw on November 30 2019 (just in time for a fair few Christmas presents perhaps?), and the name drawn will win the entire Prize Fund.

The prizes listed above are just the beginning. Additional prizes will be added to the Prize Fund right up until drawn on 30 November 2019. Previous prize draw values: prizes worth £130 were given away at Christmas; and the prize draw prior to that one had a prize value of over £1,000! So it gets a wee bit tasty as time goes on.

Proof of age will be requested for any prizes of alcohol. And to keep my own onward postage costs down, prizes will only be posted to a UK address.

To be in with a chance of scooping the lot, simply donate here:

Thank you for your very kind donation! And Good Luck!

Prize Donors: This is a great advertising opportunity, with some seriously positive PR, for all prize donors (whether companies or individuals). Past media coverage has included the Sunday Post, Daily Record and STV Online. And, in addition, each prize is repeatedly featured on Twitter (@ataxiascot), to 22,000 followers. So it’s quite an audience/market.

Where possible, donated prizes should be as light as possible (to save on my own onward postage costs) – so vouchers for goods are preferable to the actual goods themselves. But all prize donations will be very gratefully received of course.

Please contact me here, or via Twitter if you wish to donate a prize.

Thank you!


A wee bit of personal history:

I was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia in 2015.

Although I was told that I would eventually need to use a wheelchair (I now do), I could still walk quite well at that stage – although with the, increasing, need of a walking stick.

So I used my final walking days to raise funds and awareness of this rare condition (£1,100 was raised through various “walking” events – the longest of which was a 500 mile walk in Spain).

Now though, the progression of my ataxia means that my wings have been clipped somewhat. So all future fundraising can only be in Scotland from now on (and even closer to home in Ayrshire in the future?).

I have chosen MND Scotland as the beneficiary this time. Ataxia is so rare that there is no Scotland-specific charity for the condition, but it has similarities to MND: a neurological condition affecting motor abilities – and similarly incurable at present. Although, I like to look at ataxia as MND-lite (more life-limiting than life-ending).

And it is this “at present” which is so important.

If a cure can be found, it will be found. But only as a result of medical research. Which requires funding.

So, to do “my bit”: