We have tried to cover as many of the frequently asked questions we receive about the Hamish Foundation, if you have further questions that you or others would feel useful please email them and if suitable we will publish in this section. As a group of volunteers our aim is for absolute transparency in everything we do and how we plan on spending the money we raise.
WHY DID THE HAMISH FOUNDATION START?
A small group of volunteers worked together with Flora Welwyn (Editor of St Andrews in Focus magazine) to raise funds to build a monument to celebrate our very own ‘Greyfriars Bobby’ – Hamish the Cat. Once this statue had been completed, the team then set their focus on raising funds to help improve the facilities and lives of children and families in the local area using Hamish as it’s ‘mascot’.
IS THE HAMISH FOUNDATION A CAT CHARITY?
No. Hamish the cat is our mascot and the affection in which he was held by the townsfolk of St Andrews is reflective of the same affection that the Hamish Foundation team have for their home town.
WHY DON’T THE COUNCIL PROVIDE FUNDS FOR BETTER FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES?
Fife Council do provide investment into a limited number of facilities that benefit the community but at the end of the day they have limited resources, there help is a welcome contribution but unfortunately does not nearly cover the full cost of the different projects that the Hamish Foundation and it’s partners have identified as great causes.
HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?
It is very much a case of helping as many causes as possible and let our donors and sponsors dictate where their money is best spent, the more money we have, the bigger and better the improvements we can make. We are in the process of gathering a list of ideas that the community feel would be welcome additions or improvements for the town. These ideas and the costs will be shared on this website.
DOES ALL THE MONEY RAISED GO TOWARDS THE CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES?
Absolutely. There are no paid members of the team, everyone is a volunteer. The campaign does incur some expenditure to help run or promote events (printing costs, etc.) but we also receive fantastic support and discounted rates for virtually everything we need. We aim to regularly publish the running totals of amounts raised and provide an annual set of accounts to show how all the money raised is spent.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
There are many ways you can help with the fundraising. We are always looking for more pairs of hands to help with the various events organised by the Fundraising Team, you may have a special area of expertise or an idea of your own for an event or may simply wish to help man a stand and shake a collections tin!
You may simply wish to make a financial contribution, run your own fundraising event or sponsored bike ride! Whatever your contribution, all help is greatly appreciated.
CAN I PUT ON MY OWN FUNDRAISING EVENT?
Yes you can, however before you do so you will need the authorisation by the fundraising team. Simply send an email with your ideas and someone will be back in touch asap. We also have some items that may assist you such as poster templates and sponsorship forms.