In 2003 Spud the Piper, piped us into the cancer hospital in Oslo and we then made our way up to the 9th floor, with Spud playing the pipes all the way up in the lift!
The sunshine appeal were welcomed into a private room with unbelievable views of Oslo and the Fjords, where a chef awaited us with fresh fruit and fruit juices, a welcome reprieve from £6 a pint lager!
The Hospital Director made everyone very welcome and spoke of the amazing kindness and charity given to them by the Sunshine Appeal. He was overwhelmed and explained that the laptop would be put to excellent use as it would help patients especially from the north of Norway, nearly 1000 miles away, communicate with friends and family from their bedside.
The British Ambassador, Marriott Leslie, also spoke of the great generosity and kindness of the Scottish Fans and said it went along with the common view of how the great reputation of the Scottish Travelling Support has been built up over the years.
We were then asked back to her house for a ‘Dram’, which we accepted (free drink in Oslo, who was going to turn that down!) as way of thanks to the Embassy for forking out about £150 in Taxi fares for us.
Once the 3rd bottle of Whisky was opened, granted the first 2 were only a 1/3 full, we made our ways back into town, and that was that.
A huge thank you to all that came along, especially Spud for piping, Jacques for presenting the laptop, Barry at PC World for the deal on the laptop and everyone that’s put even a tuppence in a bucket and everyone who reads this, as it means you have an interest in the Sunshine Appeal and have probably contributed to making this happen.
When all was done I had that proud feeling, not for myself but for being Scottish and all that goes with it. Full Story Here…
Everywhere We Go!
The inaugural sunshine appeal donation was made in Lithuania in 2003. The Sunshine Appeal made contact with Lithuania Link, a UK based Lithuanian charity who pointed us in the direction of a town called Zagare, a small town in the north of Lithuania. A donation of £1000 helped Lithuania Link to treat children of the small town to excursions and trips that they would have otherwise been unable to afford to do.
There was also an amazing collection of backpacks, stationary, toiletries, sweets, TA clothing, footballs and cuddly toys that were all donated to the Sunshine Appeal from fans and their employers. These were distributed to the children of Zagare and certainly put a little sunshine in their life.
The appeal also bought 50 match tickets for mentally handicapped kids, adults and their supervisors which would have been an amazing experience for them, as Lithuania won the match! Full story here…
Everywhere We Go!
Many thanks to Kelburn Brewery for their continued support!
Kelburn ‘Tartan Army’ To Be Available In Bottles
Kelburn’s Director, Derek Moore has for many years been proud to be part of the Tartan Army. He is a well known foot soldier who has been following Scotland home and away since the World Cup in West Germany 1974.
In 2007 Derek was asked to produce a beer for the Tartan Army and he did so with a light zesty 4.3% ale of the same name.
Until now, Tartan Army has only been available in casks when Scotland plays competitive matches.
The Tartan Army beer has always been very popular. Recently Aldi has asked us to provide Tartan Army in bottles as a one-off for their summer festival. Kelburn wanted to do a bit more and have pledged to donate 10p to the Sunshine Appeal for every bottle of Tartan Army sold.
Aldi will be stocking Tartan Army Bottles during their summer beer festival which starts on 29th May.