Keep up to date with our fundraising news so far and events coming up...
With the closure of MyDonate (a free online giving website) we chose to open a new page with give.net which is run by Stewardship. See www.give.net/AbernethyCourtyard
We chose them because:
1- They are the cheapest, so more of the money given online goes directly to the cause!
2- We really like Stewardship as a charity and share their values. They are a charity passionate about generosity and have a serious track record in helping people give. They do great work and we're delighted to partner with them. Why not read their statement on why they love giving to find out more about them.
We've made it to 75% of our build cost target! Recently we've received some very exciting and enabling donations from Trusts and Foundations, a legacy and individual givers. Schools and churches have also been doing some fantastic fundraising for us. Reaching this marker opens the door for us to apply for more funding and brings us into the final quarter of the £1,000,000 goal we need to reach before we move the project into the next exciting phase!
Here's Phil and Barry to explain a bit more about our revised plans for The Courtyard Project and what this means for our fundraising.
Our Board of Directors have recently reviewed the plans for The Courtyard Project and decided to scale back the development in order to save money and progress the build sooner. With the new adjustments we will no longer use the sports hall roof space for guest rooms. These changes will significantly reduce the total cost of the project without losing the key benefits or design of the original plans, meaning we can move forward quicker! The architects are currently working on some new plans so watch out for more information coming soon.
We've recently received some donations charitable trusts (who we are applying to for funding). Along with generous donations from individuals these gifts have now taken us over the £400k mark and storming towards half a million!
Neil Glover once again raised some amazing money for us by taking on the Loch Ness Marathon. We also had Alice Cunningham (current team member at Ardgour) take on the 10K. Amanda Robinson (Marketing Manager) was planning to run as well but sustained a last minute injury. Her kind sponsors still wanted to donate their money! Altogether these guys raised £1179.
We were so touched when Kemnay Primary School came for their visit and presented us with a cheque for £700! The childre had raised the money for The Courtyard Project through a duathlon.
Ex board member Neil Glover and current board member Bruce Strickland challenged themselves to their own crazy mountain route running 21 miles over the hills during this warm summer! They raised £715 for the Courtyard!
We are incredibly grateful to The Edinburgh Film Company who made us this film as a free gift, to help share more of the story of Abernethy and The Courtyard Project.
We created a 'Courtyard Corner' display at Nethybridge so that all our visitors can see more about what The Courtyard is and what's been happening with the fundraising.
We asked our team and board members to share some of their favourite recipes and we complied the best of the best into an Abernethy Calendar for 2018. Of course we made sure to throughly taste the recipes each time and we can vouch for the fact that they are all top notch!
One of our team members is a Jamberry rep (selling hand and nail products). We had a pre-dinner party at Team Conference in December where she very kindly donated her commission to The Courtyard. Some money was also raised through delicious mocktail refreshments!
Nethy hosted a Festive Fundraising Evening on Saturday 2nd December 2017. It was a full house of local friends who enjoyed a dinner followed by a festive evening session with some carols, entertainment and a short talk. The evening also included a silent auction and in total raised £3275.
Our month of adventures in September saw our own CEO cycle the Tour O the Borders, a team of four complete the Rat Race (a crazy bike run and kayak across Scotland), the Abernethy Parish Church Minister complete the 5 Ferry Challenge - just to name a few! Thank you to everyone who donated to an Adventure September challenge!
30 young people from this summer's Adventure Plus and Adventure Unlimited took on our Tenner Challenge! We trusted them with a £10 note and for them to come up with a creative idea or initiative - with the money they raised going to the Courtyard Project. There were some incredibly creative ideas and we are thankful to the parents who also facilitated it!
A team of 4 from Abernethy Ardgour paddled the River Spey in an attempt to break the unofficial world record for the fastest descent in a canoe from Kingussie to Spey Bay. Needless to say they smashed it with a time of 15 hours, 24 minutes and 59 seconds, raising some fantastic sponsorship money for their efforts in the process! Check out their video below!
2 team members from Ardeonaig embarked on a 36 hour ski/walk challenge to circumnavigate Loch Tay. This epic adventure saw them climbing Munros, Corbetts and other big hills! Watch the video below to see how the adventure unfolded. For safety reasons the whole loop wasn't completed, but it was an incredible attempt! Their progress was well documented over The Courtyard Project Facebook page. A huge thank you to everyone who donated and left words of encouragement for Dave and Phil.
With a big pile of choclate at stake for the fundrsaisers involved, it was great to see people get involved in our Flip for Abernethy pancake party. Well done to Lucy for winning most of the chocky stash and thank you to all whoo took part #flippinghero...
Our raffle to win a week in an amazing chalet in the Swiss resort of Villars was a great success and we are really grateful for all of those who bought tickets, we raised well over £1000!!
We've produced a new video for the school groups that come and visit Nethybridge. This is shown during the evening Explore sessions to explain what The Courtyard Project is and how everyone can get involved to help with the building of The Courtyard.
We had generous donations from locals and friends of Abernethy which included a gramophone, a Man Utd signed football shirt and a ceramic chicken! Our auction raised a stagering £1,700 - thank you to all who bid!
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During our annual team conference, we invited all team members to join in a baking and gingerbread decorating competition which raised over £120 and provided huge amounts of cake for everyone during the week.
We are delighted to announce that we have passed the 10% stage in our fundraising and are now working towards £200,000! Many many thanks to all who have pledged and donated so far.
We were given a gift of a week in a holiday flat in St Andrews next summer and the two week auction raised an amazing £750 towards the project appeal. Many thanks to the generous donors for the flat.
The local community came together at the end of October to take part in a night time zip wire with barbecue. This fun event raised almost £500, thank you to all who took part and volunteered their time.
Some team members from Nethybridge raised £400 taking part in the Aviemore 10k run. This and all of the teams fundraising efforts are being match-funded by pledges from a handful of generous individuals.
It's all systems go and the fundraiasing begins!
With the full backing of the Cairngorm National Park, planning permission for the Courtyard Project has been granted. The next stage now is to work towards applying for a building warrant.
Andrew, Simon and Pete from the Nethybridge Leadership Team bravely faced the razor in August and had their hair shaved off, raising nearly £1,500 in the process.
Following a night of bat patrols, we were pleased to hear that the bats in residence at Abernethy Nethybridge are not currently living in the parts of the buildings which will become a construction site once the build begins.
We welcomed Alice Amies (previously our profile raiser) and Ruth Hutchison (who has long associations with Abernethy) to the fundraising team, which also includes Barry Edmondson (Deputy CEO), Andrew Marrian (Operations Director at Nethybridge) and Karen Edmondson (Marketing Manager).
Thanks to modern technology, we are able to send out texts with prayer requests at salient moments during the project. To sign up to get real-time prayer texts please e-mail us