Dear friends

Two thirds of Team McCord

Team McCord is completely flabbergasted at the incredible response to our request for sponsorship for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. We can’t believe our humble effort has generated this staggering flood of donations – but we are delighted, as it is for a very deserving charity.

Your outpouring of support and love has really filled our hearts to bursting. Personally I haven’t cried often over the past few years but I have been moved to tears on many occasions over the past twenty four hours in reaction to your exceptional generosity. I will try to reply to everyone individually after the event so please bear with me. To those who have donated anonymously please accept our heartfelt thanks. Know that in the meantime I have read and reread every message and have taken such strength from your support.

Donations have flooded in from good friends and family, from Jackey’s mates and colleagues at West Lothian Council, from the offices of Standard Life (thanks to the fundraising efforts of my younger sister Louise who cannot participate in the Challenge Scotland walk due to back problems), from my beloved colleagues and from the amazing members of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), who have answered an appeal by my ever supportive boss Neil Baxter in a typical, generous fashion. I have discovered over the past few years that architects are professionals with a finely honed humanity.

Someone must have tipped off my folks who are on holiday as a donation arrived from them and my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tom from Gran Canaria. In fact we’ve had donations from across the globe, including generous amounts from supporters in Canada and Australia. This has blown us away but I’ve been particularly astonished by the response from the big-hearted people of Fauldhouse, my hometown – you have dazzled me guys!

As Neil highlighted to RIAS members the  motivation for this walk was partly inspired by the death earlier this week of the indomitable Jonathan Speirs FRIAS. Jonathan never let the shadow of death dampen his enthusiasm for life and my hope is to live the rest of my days in a similar fashion.

I have talked about hobbling around my mile but I am so bouyed up with energy from all your positive vibes (and prayers) that I suspect I may be skipping around Neil and Josh’s back garden (ie. Holryood Park) on Sunday.

We shattered our target of raising £200 within the first few hours of fundraising yesterday. At the moment over £1400 has been raised. We haven’t adjusted our target as we want it to remain clear that we only ever intended our badly-organised, relatively spontaneous challenge to be a modest undertaking – as the money floods in Robin keeps panicking and asking “Are you quite sure you made it clear you are only walking ONE mile?” Incidentally Robin’s participation is particularly amazing as it involves him missing coverage of the Valencia Formula One Grand Prix. Anyone who knows him will understand just what a sacrifice that is for him!

Our effort may be minor but your charity is major. You can keep up to date with the fundraising total via our page on the JustGiving website, using the button below. The fundraising page will be open for the next month and we will be very grateful for donations received at any time. I will continue to provide updates via this blog, including some photos from tomorrow’s event.

Thanks from the heart to everyone who has supported us!

Sharon McCord Hon FRIAS

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