The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund and Start Up Stirling are two exceptional charites based in Stirling who deserve to be given a helping hand. Check them out below. Oh, go on now.
About Eilidh and the Memorial Fund
Eilidh was 14 when she collapsed on a school trip in February 2009. A scan showed she had a tumour the size of a melon which was promptly removed along with her left ovary. Tests showed the tumour was malignant and that she also had a form of Turners Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder which occurs in 1 out of 2000 girls and is likely to have made her predisposed to Germ Cell Cancer in her ovaries.
Throughout the year, Eilidh endured several major surgeries to remove various tumours as well countless hours of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, Eilidh passed away on 25th March 2010 after a 14 month battle with the disease, 9 days short of her 16th birthday.
Her family said, “She showed tremendous bravery and wisdom throughout her ordeal and inspired everyone who came into contact with her. Eilidh was the most extraordinary, loving, sweet, faithful and brave young girl, who always thought of others before herself.”
Needless to say, the effects of cancer had a devastating impact on Eilidh and the family and they resolved that whatever the outcome, they wanted somehow to help others and make sure that Eilidh’s legacy would continue. To this end her family set up the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund through which they are continuing to raise funds.
About Start Up Stirling
Start Up Stirling has been supporting local people in need since 1994. Our project is focussed on relieving poverty, suffering and distress of people in crisis across Stirlingshire. Together we can make a difference to help local people who are going through a difficult time.
People all across Stirlingshire find themselves in financial difficulty, poverty or crisis. It can happen to anyone—people find themselves in difficulty, unexpectedly, more often than you might think.
Ongoing rising costs, particularly of food and domestic fuel, have an acute effect on low income households. People in rural areas typically need to spend between 10% and 20% more on everyday requirements than those in urban areas. The more remote the area, the greater are these additional costs.
Losing paid employment, receiving an unexpected high bill, going through a family breakdown, being ill and losing pay or benefit delays can all cause people to experience financial difficulty, food poverty or homelessness.
This is where Start Up Stirling comes in.
Start Up Stirling was set up in 1994 to assist local homeless people by providing packs of basic household items, cleaning items and non-perishable food as they started off a tenancy. We were originally founded by a group of local churches where volunteers collected items and provided them to homeless people.
Start Up Stirling has adapted its services to meet the ever-changing needs of the Stirlingshire Community.
We now have 3 key areas of focus:
- Start Up Foodbanks
- Start Up Helper Packs
- Start Up Support