5K for Mental Health

For those of you who are local to Ayrshire or maybe a little bit further afield that may be wishing to travel, on the 29th of July 2018 we will be holding a 5K walk/run from Stevenston beach out towards Irvine and back. We hope many of you can make it along and you can even bring your dogs as long as they get on well with other dogs.

On completion you will receive a bronze Little Box of Distractions medal. Don’t worry if you can’t manage to come you can pay £15 and all you have to do is send us proof of your 5K distance and we will send you your medal. Just click the ‘Run for Us’ button above.

We also provide a silver medal for those who have covered a distance of 10k and a gold medal for those who have covered the marathon distance.

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Privacy Policy

Hi everyone i am sure you are all fed up receiving emails about privacy policy updates. We have ours below.

Privacy Policy

For people who request a Little Box of Distractions via our survey website their information shall be held securely by Typeform (survey site). More information on this websites privacy policy can be found on their website.

The Little Box of Distractions saves the names,addresses and e-mail addresses of individuals who request boxes on a secure database. This is so that we can check previous box requests possibly sent to any single person or address to prevent people getting multiple free boxes.

If you would not like your information stored on this database please email us at littleboxofdistractions@talktalk.net

Structure

Hi All, It has been a while since i last wrote an update so here we go.

The board of Trustees met last week to discuss topics which had arisen. We noted that the frequency of the boxes being distributed was a bit erratic and had no structure to it so we have arranged that boxes will be sent out and hand delivered on the first of every month. This helps people to know when to expect their box and if they do not receive it within a few days they can contact us to chase it up for them.

Our shed is finally looking great. The insulation is in and we have our shelves up ready to hold all of our awards.

We are still looking for plenty of donations and if you would like to donate you can do so at gofund.me/littlebox

Shed

Hi everyone.

I hope you have all had a nice year so far. We have been a little quiet since changing the postage to £3 instead of it being free. It means that everyone who is requesting a box is genuine as we had a lot of returned boxes. At least 10% of boxes that were sent out got returned undelivered. So this is just our way of making sure that people who are requesting them are serious about needing one and not just looking for something for free.

We finally have our insulation put in the shed and electricity. We also have all the units and drawers etc put in too. It is starting to look good.

We hope everyone is staying in good health and are here if you need us.

Thanks x

Postage and Packaging

Hi all.

I hope your New-Year has been good so far. I can’t believe it is nearly the end of January already.

I write today of some sad news. Over the past few months we have sent out a lot of boxes and these are completely free to anyone who fits the criteria, however there is a figure of 10% of all boxes sent will be returned to us undelivered. This is wasting quite some amount of our funds. This helps us identify the genuine people and the people who just want something for free.

Please only request a box if you are willing to pay the P&P.

Take Care

Kerry
LBOD Project Manager

New Year, New Proposals

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good time over the holiday period. We had a good time here and we are back with a boom this year with some new proposals.

For a few months now i have been attending a harp therapy group at a local non-profit organisation which i am really enjoying. I have been learning to play and have even bought my own harpsicle. I upload videos to my facebook and instagram regularly and my friends and family have seen how much of a positive impact this has had on me. I have had some interest from people local to ayrshire who would be interested in learning to play the harp for therapeutic reasons. This is something i would like to look into as these people do not fit the criteria to attend the non-profit organisation which is providing me with the lessons.
I have been in contact with a harp tutor who is interested in helping anyone learn the harp. We would like to guague interest in this so if you are interested in attending harp lessons please contact me via e-mail at littleboxofdistractions@talktalk.net. If i get some real interest i will start looking into funding.

We were at our local morrisons last week and set up for a can collection. We raised over £165. Not bad for a few hours standing about.

We are still looking for donations you can donate at gofund.me/littlebox

Take care

Coffee & Craft Afternoon

On Saturday the 2nd of December our Trustee Karen organised and ran a Coffee & Crafts Afternoon at her home and invited Family and Friends round for a hot drink and held a stall with lots of lovely gift baskets and items that she had made and other people donated. Even Karens Grandson made chocolates and bagged them up for sale. They tasted great. Karens Friend made and donated boxes of Scottish Tablet which sold really quick and were also very yummy.

We received £302 from the day and we have a raffle which is currently at Domenico’s Fish and Chip Shop in Stevenston where Karens Friend Lilian is the manageress. We hope to raise a good amount with that too. It will be drawn on the 22nd of December.

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If you would like a raffle ticket they are 50p for a strip and it can be paypalled to me but please contact me first on our facebook page.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year. We will be back again in 2018 sending boxes to those in need.

Cream of Ayrshire Results

So tonight we attended the West Sound and West Fm Cream of Ayrshire awards. We were nominated in the “Best Local Charity” category.

It was an amazing night at the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock and we are so pleased that we are a runner up. We didnt win the category but to just have been nominated and become runner up is a massive achievement in itself. We got lots of promotional goodies and a Silver plate to show how well we done.

Better luck for us to even get that far next year. I was so proud  and pleased to tell people about what i do.

Thanks to my wife and trustee Shelley for being by my side.

Vote for Us

cream of ayrshire

Hi Everyone

We have been voted and got through to the finals of our local radio stations “Cream of Ayrshire Awards” for “The Best Local Charity”. How cool is that? but we need your votes to win. We are one of 3 charities in the final and is by far one of the biggest achievements in the 2 short years we have been running our charity.

Please please vote for us between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th of September at the following page:

CLICK HERE

PLEASE PLEASE SHARE EVERYWHERE!!!

Donations Needed

Hi Everyone, i hope you are all well.

Lately i have been extremely busy and the poor charity has suffered a little. I am back on my feet now and can get on with running this thing 🙂

I have organised a ladies night at Taylors in Kilwinning, Ayrshire on 18th of November. We nearly have entertainment secured. It includes a 3 course meal, 1 drink and some goodies.

I am in the process of trying to close down the drop in centre that we had running. We have until November to remove everything so arranging all that is taking some time.

We are in desparate need of donations so if you can donate or run a fundraiser it would be absolutely amazing and help so much. You can donate at the link on the top of the page.

We hopefully have a group going to run at the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2018. There is a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. If you are interested in running for us you will get a running vest, a medal on completion and LBOD goodies! please let me know if you are interested in running.