Aug 182015

RSABI, the rural charity behind the annual Great Glen Challenge, is calling on the country’s rural sector to donate generously to this year’s participants as they prepare for the 70km race on Friday 28 August.

The event, which for the first time this year has attracted a full quota of 100 participants from 25 rural businesses and organisations – including Dunbar based Watson’s Seeds – has already raised tens of thousands of pounds since it was established in 2012, and RSABI is urging people to be generous and help break the £50,000 barrier for the event this year alone.

All funds raised are crucial to help RSABI support more people in need throughout rural Scotland in these testing times.

The RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2015 is sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, with support from partners NFUS, Royal Bank of Scotland, CKD Galbraith, Bank of Scotland and media sponsor, The Scottish Farmer, which all enter teams. Competitors will cycle, kayak, walk and run down the Great Glen from Invermoriston to Neptune’s Staircase; teams are also vying with each other to raise the greatest amount of money.

RSABI event director, Paul Tinson said:

“The fact that this year’s Great Glen Challenge has reached its competitor target of 100 participants is tremendous news and should help the event raise more money than ever for RSABI.

“Scotland has a tightly knit rural population and because this year’s teams represent a wide range of land-based professions, most people will know or have links to someone taking part. We all need support from time to time or know someone who does, and it is this interdependence which underlines how important it is that so many people in the rural community help each other when times are tough.

“Thankfully, that doesn’t mean we all have to compete in the Glen – instead, folk can demonstrate their own generosity by donating to their favourite team now or directly to RSABI Great Glen Challenge online at: Alternatively, you can call the event hotline on 0300 111 4166 to donate.

Jane Ritchie, Head of Marketing at CKD Galbraith, which has entered three teams for this year’s Challenge said:

“This is the second year CKD Galbraith has taken part in the Challenge, which is again clearly creating some healthy in-house competition between the teams, motivating them to train hard and create some fun events, not to mention baking challenges along the way to help them meet their fundraising targets.

“We are delighted to continue our support of the Great Glen Challenge and hope to raise as much money as possible to support RSABI and ensure its vital work continues.”

May 152014

kiltwalkAlex got in touch with Davie Martin last weekend to let him know how his recent Kilt Walk went. He even sent us a picture of his Saltire hairstyle to thank Radio Saltire listeners for their donations.

Alex was delighted by the response he got from all his supporters. So far he’s raised over £1200 for Scottish Children’s Charities.

His Virgin Money Giving page will be open for another 3 months so there’s still plenty of time to add a wee donation if you haven’t managed so far. Click on the image below to be taken to the page.


Mar 052014

Sport Relief 2014 LogoThere are just two weeks to go until the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at Hallhill Sports Centre Dunbar and Meadowmill Sports Centre Tranent on Sunday 23rd March. Loads of local people have already signed up to run one, three, or six miles, but there’s still time to bag a place, don that headband and enter the fun and games!

Bengy Barsanti Local Community Sport Hub Development officer said:

It’s a great opportunity to hold 2 Sport Relief Miles in East Lothian and we really want to make them Community Events. We are delighted that so many people have already signed up but we want even more people from East Lothian to flock to Hallhill Sports Centre and Meadowmill Sport Centre to take part and make it the best Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile yet. Let’s show the rest of the country what we can do and raise as much money as we possibly can for this incredible cause!

It’s not just the public who are taking on the fundraising challenge. In February, daring Davina McCall went the extra mile in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point. She ran, swam and cycled 500 miles over seven days. Davina braved brutal conditions tackling a punishing 130 mile cycle on day one, swimming the life-threateningly cold Lake Windermere, scaling the colossal Scafell Pike on foot in freezing snow, and then finished with a full marathon into London, all to raise as much cash as possible. So now it’s your turn to get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and around the world. Enter a running event now at Hallhill, Meadowmill or at one of more than 500 locations across the UK at

On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports. Del Boy and Rodney will be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch, featuring one of the show’s biggest fans – David Beckham. Four brave Paralympians will swap their sports kit for sequins and will take on a group dance challenge in a Sport Relief Does Strictly special, with Tess Daly revealing the judges’ favourite on the night. There will also be further announcements about more exciting sketches and specials in the coming weeks.

Then on Sunday 23rd it’s over to you East Lothian to come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

Enter the Dunbar or Meadowmill Mile at The Dunbar Mile kicks off at 10am and Meadowmill follows close behind at 12.

See you all there!

Sport Relief Family Medals

Mar 052014

Radio Saltire Patron, The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton is organising a Charity Dinner in aid of The Association of East Lothian Day Centres.

The evening promises to be a sparkling affair at the Kilspindie House Hotel in Aberlady. A three course meal will be followed by an intimate evening of smooth Jazz performed by Spatz & Co.

Tickets for the evening are priced at just £35 and can be purchased by calling 01620 850 364

Click the image below for the full size poster in PDF format.

Kay Hamilton Charity Dinner

Nov 132013

Erskine Homes LogoThis Friday (15th Nov), members from Radio Saltire will be helping the Claymore Club with one of their toughest challenges.

The aim is to cycle 1914 miles in 24 hours in aid of Erskine Homes.

The challenge starts at 1pm on Friday and finished 1pm on Saturday at Tesco Musselburgh.  The Radio Saltire team (Andy Forrest, Rosanne Woods and Angie Townsend’s daughters) will be taking part from 2pm until 4pm so please come along and say hello and support this charity at the same time.

The Claymore Club has ‘Text Just Giving’ to donate text CLAY29 £5 (or amount you wish to donate) to 70070.

Oct 232013

OSCR LogoThe Trustees of Radio Saltire are delighted to announce that the station has been granted Charity Status.

Radio Saltire management applied to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to allow the station to be registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). OSCR agreed that the organisation meets the “Charity Test” and granted Charity Status issuing the number SC044336.

The published aims of Radio Saltire [SCIO] are:

  1. To advance community development and citizenship by:
    1. Encouraging the involvement and promotion of community organisations and events through the use of the community radio station.
    2. Encouraging volunteering at all levels of the organisation by all interested members of our community.
  2. To advance education by:
    1. Offering training and the opportunity to learn about all the roles involved in the running of the community radio station.

The Trustees of Radio Saltire [SCIO] said:

We are absolutely delighted by this news. We feel that our plans are really starting to come together and Radio Saltire is moving forward. This has been a fantastic year for the station and we are proud that big organisations like OSCR and the Lottery Commission are supporting our work.

Our new name, new studios and new address are helping us to galvanise our place in our community. Now that we have these solid foundations in place, our work and the work of our volunteers can continue to bring big benefits to both the local area and further afield.

Are YOU Interested In Volunteering?

Radio Saltire always has space for more volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved, use the form on our Contact Page to get in touch.