In the run up to St Andrew's Day we're delighted to share a fun-filled challenge to boost your mood, whilst raising vital funds for Beatson Cancer Charity.
Avid ceilidh dancer Helen Wynd came up with the idea for the social media challenge when restrictions were set to delay her family's fundraising plans. Helen has always enjoyed ceilidhs and they are the way her family celebrates important events. Helens' family had intended on hosting a fundraising ceilidh in 2021 for a cancer charity, as several members of extended family have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years.
Helen herself was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
"Covid stopped ceilidhs but it didn’t stop cancer. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and have been in awe of the researchers and medics every day since then. A few years ago, I ran the Glasgow 10km for the Beatson in memory of another of the pipe band mums. Now, like thousands of others, I too am benefitting from The Beatson and its' research."
Aware of the effect that Covid-19 has had on the mental health of people throughout prolonged periods of restriction, Helen wanted to bring some joy into homes through ceilidh dancing.
"This year we have missed meeting friends and dancing at ceilidhs due to the Covid restrictions. As the winter approaches and the restrictions are affecting normal socialising and mental health I thought it would be a positive idea to encourage people to dance and have fun but in a safe way whilst raising funds for Beatson Cancer Charity."
Throughout November participants are encouraged to send their ceilidh dancing videos in to Beatson Cancer Charity. A compilation of these dances will be shared on the charity's social media on St Andrew's Day. Helen hopes the challenge will be far-reaching:
"Hopefully by St Andrews night we will have videos from all over Scotland and the rest of the world in a compilation video to celebrate the amazing work of The Beatson and our ceilidh dancing.
I hope lots of people will be creative and have fun making their videos in the knowledge their donation will be put to good use by this worthwhile charity."
Thank you to everyone taking part!
You can make your donation for taking part on Helen's JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beatson-ceilidh.
Fancy being part of our St Andrew's Day #BeatsonCeilidh compilation video? Email your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Helens' introduction and demonstration video below!