Take A Moment today - to help CHAS

Today (Thursday, May 14) is Take A Moment Day, organised by the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

It is being staged as part of Children’s Hospice Awareness Week 2015, which runs from May 11 to May 17, with the theme Make Every Moment Count.

CHAS decided to keep its message simple this year by staging Take A Moment Day today.

The main aim is to raise as much as possible for CHAS, while raising awareness too.

Fundraiser Laura Campbell said: “Rather than try to stage events throughout the week, we’re focusing our efforts on Thursday, May 14.

“We’re asking people to Take a Moment to think about CHAS by donating £1 – or as much as they can.

Take A Moment...today (Thursday, May 14) to help the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

Take A Moment...today (Thursday, May 14) to help the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

“A huge number of individuals and organisations have already lined up to support us and we hope your readers will get involved too.”

CHAS has 79 members of staff at Rachel House in Kinross and 82 at Robin House in Balloch, near Loch Lomond.

They are ably backed by around 900 volunteers who provide more than £1 million worth of support every year.

CHAS has 350 children on its books, referred by medical professionals or family and friends.

Rachel House opened in 1996, after four years of fundraising and Robin House opened in 2005.

It costs £11 million to retain the hospices, CHAS at Home and its charity shops each year.

Just 25 per cent of that (£2.75m) is funded by NHS Boards in Scotland. The remainder is raised via legacies, fundraising and supporters.

So Take A Moment today to help the charity continue its extraordinary work with families in Scotland.

Individuals and organisations can donate more if they text their donation – as 25p will be gift aided to CHAS.

Text CHWK99 then an amount of £1, £3, or £5 to 70070. For example to donate £1 text CHWK991 to 70070. You can also Register for Take A Moment Day by calling 0131 444 1515.

Keep up to date with all the fundraising activities on Facebook or look out for the #momentscount on Twitter.

And please let our news team know if you are doing anything to help CHAS on Take A Moment Day – we’d be delighted to feature your efforts.