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Loud & Clear

Issue 32 Spring 2008

ISSN 1358-5290

Her Royal Highness Princess Royal Opens TouchBase and appeals for support for Friends of TouchBase

Loud & Clear has been printed on 100% recycled post-consumer fibre

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Spring issue of your newsletter with the news of our visit from HRH The Princess Royal on the 15th April to formally open TouchBase.

Editors Chit Chat

We are also very fortunate that James Inglis, MacRoberts Solicitors, has kindly offered to make a regular contribution to our Legacy News. So he will keep you up to date with the latest legislation and also answer those frequently asked questions. Our thanks to you and kindest regards.

Sara Bannerman

PS. Remember Every Click to support Sense Scotland while you surf

Happy House

UPDATE Dear Happy House Box Holder

I hope all is well with your little Happy House. This year we have raised ÂŁ56,047.94 thanks to you. I heard on the news that ÂŁ2m is lost down the backs of our sofas! So next

time you find any loose change, pop it in your Happy House!

If you can provide a good home for a Happy House please let me know and I shall ensure one is sent to you as soon as possible. Kindest Regards, Kate Dunan

Other formats are available on request

Sense Scotland, TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Glasgow G41 1EE Tel: 0141 429 0294 Fax: 0141 429 0295 Text: 0141 418 7170

Registered in Scotland No: 147570. Registered Scottish Charity No. SC022097 Sense Scotland is a company Limited by Guarantee. Honorary Patron: Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore LLD DL Patron: The Duchess of Sutherland


Arts Update

TouchBase Spring Exhibition Murray’s music on film Interface - by art tutor Jemima Chillingworth and service users from across the country. For more information or to arrange a visit e-mail

Storytelling Project

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Sense Scotland a grant of £50,000 to support former residents of New Craigs Hospital in a two-year project which will preserve their life stories.

Some of the 35 people have lived at the hospital for over 50 years and this project will capture parts of people’s lives that might have been lost forever and help with their transition to supported living with Sense Scotland. Everyone will receive a personal DVD of their story to share with others in the future and to present at two exhibitions in Inverness and Glasgow.

The charity ProjectAbility held a screening at TouchBase of a collection of animated films. Our very own Murray Farquharson was chosen to record his music for one of the films which were premiered at the Glasgow Film Theatre in Glasgow. Murray gave a short presentation about his experiences of learning to play the accordion with his brother Ewan, who is also deafblind, and performing with Mick McNeil from the Scottish supergroup, Simple Minds.


OUR THANKS TO YOU! For your kind donations to our Christmas appeals and Easter Appeal and helping to raise over £70,000. Also special thanks to Wooden Spoon for their gift of £30,000 for the Children’s Sensory Garden and Play area at TouchBase.

Anne and Paul Pedley of the Redrow Foundation visit Cody at TouchBase to present their cheque for £14,000.

Mrs Rita White Linn Choir May Moore Memorial Fund; David & Elspeth Smith gifted £1,146 for musical equipment.

Glengowan Primary

P3/4 children who saved change from their tuck money in the Happy House and donated £44.20.

Lanarkshire Ice Rink Alison Taylor and all at Lanarkshire Ice Rink Ladies Section for raising £740 through their fun fancy dress day and Christmas raffle.

Shops news

“My dress made me a very happy bride” wrote Samantha, who looks radiant on her wedding day in the dress she purchased for £50 from her local Sense Scotland charity shop in Alloa. She asked us to thank the person who donated the dress which “made her day!” Shops are located in Glasgow, Alloa, Coatbridge, Bathgate, Peebles and St Andrews. To find your closest shop phone 0141 429 0294.


Who knitted chickens for Easter and raised £305 from her sales!

Carluke High School

For their wonderful donation of £414.

An anonymous gift

We are very grateful to our anonymous donor who contributed £5,000 toward our work.

Thinking Mortgages Whose customer kindly made a donation of £100 in lieu of fees.

The Lady Provost

of Glasgow for holding a Charity Lunch at the City Chambers which raised £10,000 for Sense Scotland. The lunch was hosted by Suzie McGuire and was a fantastic occasion for all the guests who attended.

Christian from the Borders Friends Group who have raised £4,962.38 (including gift aid) this year.

Kathleen Strachan Technip UK Ltd

Aberdeen for donating £1,102 raised from their Christmas raffle.

Larkhall Academy

Thanks to Mrs Campbell whose class collected their pennies in their Happy House Box and sent £16.45.

Debbie Carroll

Who celebrated her 80th birthday and asked for donations in lieu of gifts and raised £210!

Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Junior School Primary 2 class who raised a magnificent £1,168.66.

Gorebridge Church Fellowship

As their speaker Alan Mason of Caterpillar Music Glasgow South for Dalkeith asked that his fee of £25 be organising a fun day which raised £402. sent to Sense Scotland.

Dunblane Cathedral Choir who held a coffee morning and raised £520

TouchBase HRH The Princess Royal Opens TouchBase

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened TouchBase on the 15th April 2008. TouchBase brings together day services for disabled children and adults, a new meeting and conference venue, café/catering services and our head office.

Entertainment featured music from Murray Farquharson (Dundee) and a dance piece featuring Ian Johnston and Ghazalla Akram, who both use the resource’s day services. She then met some service users and attended a private reception for families and supporters of Sense Scotland.

TouchBase helps disabled people explore creativity through arts and music and develop life skills through a growing range of vocational opportunities including supporting our admin team and helping in the café. It’s also a valuable and fully accessible resource for business and the local community to meet and work in.

To mark the retirement of our Patron, Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore, was presented with a portrait of Glamis Castle by Brian Crichton. A warm welcome was also given to Sense Scotland’s new Patron, The Duchess of Sutherland, who attended the opening.

Business Centre


April also sees the opening of the TouchBase Business Centre with competitive rates for room hire and catering. Eight fully accessible meeting and training rooms for up to 66 people. The Business Centre provides great training rooms for our own staff and also generates income from businesses. For more information and bookings contact Denise Rhodes, TouchBase Development Manager.

Friends of TouchBase

Raising over £2m to make TouchBase happen has been a major achievement over the last few years. To ensure the ongoing success of TouchBase for over 300 children and adults could you become a "Friend of TouchBase" and help with annual running costs? Choose your room to sponsor As a "Friend" your name will be acknowledged at TouchBase, on the wall of "Friends" and you may also wish to become a room sponsor. As a "Friend" your VIP status will give you the opportunity to visit TouchBase for “Friends” events and also to meet with some of the remarkable children and adults who come here.

TouchBase Quiz

Can you guess the room to match the photo? At TouchBase there are over 80 rooms, some large, some small, some on the first floor, some on the third floor. How can a deafblind and disabled person find their way around? Each room will have a signifier at the entrance which indicates in a tactile way what happens in that room. There are four examples on your right, can you guess which rooms they may be for? (Answers at the bottom of the page). Many of the rooms are still looking for sponsors to help with on-going running costs. So if you would like to become a Friend of TouchBase and sponsor a room please phone for the “Friends of TouchBase” leaflet.


Answers, top to bottom: Drama Room, Woodcraft Room, Human Resources, Library.

Services Update

Afterschool Clubs

Children of different ages enjoy different activities so we run two afterschool clubs at TouchBase from 3.30-7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Art in the afternoons

Liam has always enjoyed art, and now, as you can see, he benefits from one-to-one sessions with Gayle, our art tutor at TouchBase. Liam, along with other children who use TouchBase, come after school for art sessions. The new facilities at TouchBase give the children so much more space to be expressive and creative with different colours, materials, textures and designs.

There are four children in the younger group and they are currently learning drumming with Gameli Tordzro from Pan African Arts Scotland. Six older children, between 14 and 18, in the youth group are enjoying music sessions with the TouchBase music tutor, David McCluskey. After their activities everyone gets together for dinner at TouchBase.

The new afterschool clubs are proving so popular there is currently a waiting list, therefore we hope to be able to offer places for more children very soon.”

Christmas at TouchBase

For the first time the children’s Christmas Party was held at TouchBase. Thanks to Cash for Kids and all our wonderful supporters over 100 children came and had a fantastic time. The party was full of magic, gifts and treats for all the children and their siblings. Minnie Mouse and Little Elf really enjoyed their visit to the grotto


and spent some quality time with Santa, and they also loved ‘The Snowman’ sensory story. In the evening, once all the younger children had left, the teenagers arrived to dance the night away!

Burns Night in Auchtermuchty

Forty people came to our annual Burns Night for the people we support in the East. Everyone joined in the singing and dancing with the highland dancers. We even had a piper to pipe in the haggis!

The Party Goes On!

Getting Together

Adult services at Touchbase celebrated Easter and St Patrick’s Day For fun, friendship and the arts! in style, as you can see from the photographs below. A two year project, funded by the Camelot Foundation, acknowledges We were concerned with how service how important friendships are and users would cope with the move from has been set up to help deafblind & their Day Centre in Durham Street, disabled young people make and which was familiar to them, to this maintain friendships. brand new centre, TouchBase. Our The group meet most Thursdays and fears were unfounded as everyone we always start with drama games has settled in well. that let everyone know who is there and encourage people to interact with Particularly now that the Cafe is operating, lunch times are easier. And each other. many services users are benefiting We then usually get out and about to more space for personal care, visit art galleries, museums, city physiotherapy and movement farms or a great favourite, sledging through drama. at the SNO!zone.


Events Update

It’s a Knockout 07

A special thanks to Ladbrokes Edinburgh and our own Sense Scotland teams from Blantyre Respite and winners; ‘TouchBase Tigers’.

Inca Trail Challenge 07 Huge thanks to (l/r) Ray Lee, Carol Fleming, Marjorie Renwick, Helen Rogerson, Vicki Logan and Jim Chisholm who collectively raised £18,000.

Many thanks to Team Rapids ‘07 teams who raised over £26,000. Special congratulations to the ‘Fundraising Champions’ ActionCOACH who raised £5,441.

Riverside Childcare

Thanks for taking on the challenge of a year's fundraising for Sense Scotland which includes skydiving and swimming with sharks!

Goldeneye Bungee

Thanks to a very brave Lloyd Bellshaw from Dundee who, like 007, did the 720 feet "Goldeneye" bungee jump from the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland to raise £1,350.

Great Wall of China

Thanks to Jackie Reid, her husband, David, daughter Raigan, and friend Paul Wilson who have raised a whopping £11,000 . Thanks also to Trudi Beatt and Janice Scott.

Coming Up!

Cycle for Services

8 Days in June Glasgow to Inverness -join the lads on 23rd in Dundee & Angus, 25th in Aberdeenshire or 28th in Inverness.

Tandem Skydive

Imagine free falling from 10,000ft at 120mph for a great cause!


Contact Andy Hughes 0141 429 0294 or go to

Legacy News

Frequently Asked ? Q. How can I maximise the amount of tax which Sense Scotland can reclaim if I leave them a legacy under my Will? A. Any legacies which you leave to a charity benefit from a 100% exemption from Inheritance Tax. However, you can enhance the benefit to the charity by making a precatory bequest. This works by nominating a taxpayer to benefit from the legacy with a request that within a maximum of 2 years from the date of your death the individual makes a donation of the amount specified to the charity. Provided the donation is made as requested not only will the legacy be free of Inheritance Tax, but the donation can be made under Gift Aid and if the taxpayer is a higher rate taxpayer then he or she will also benefit from higher rate tax relief.

apportioned. What does this mean?

A. What your Solicitor needs to know is whether you wish the division of your estate to be made before or after Inheritance Tax is deducted. If before then only the share which falls to noncharitable beneficiaries will bear the tax liability. If the division is to be made after tax then all the beneficiaries, including Sense Scotland will suffer tax. It is important for you to specify your wishes so that the charity does not lose out. Your Solicitor may have mentioned the Benham and Ratcliffe court cases and if you wish to ensure the charity benefits fully then it is the Ratcliffe division which you should ask your Solicitor to include in your will.

James Inglis is a Partner in MacRoberts' Private Client Group. He acts for a large number of individuals, families and charities, and has wide experience in tax planning, will and Q. I wish to leave a share of my estate to Sense Scotland and I need to confirm trust drafting, and estate administration. Contact how the tax on my estate is to be or 0141 332 9988

In Memory of:

Joe Mortimer who was Christina McGlashan a a Trustee of Sense great supporter and Scotland for many years. wonderful aunt to Anne Morrison. Harry McGoldrick who worked with passion for Dot McClacken who died on the 11th Sense Scotland. January in Toronto, Sheona Smith who Canada. was a support worker Mrs M J Adams who and is sadly missed. passed away last year. Charlie Thomson Margaret McShane whose colleagues are who passed away on continuing his New Year’s Day. fundraising activities.

Roderick Stewart who worked at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow. Cathy Armstrong who supported our work for many years.

Mrs E Treharine who was an active supporter. Mr John Peat from all his family.

Mr Norman Robertson from his wife and all the family.

If and when the time is right for you to leave a gift to charity please remember us in your will.


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