Street collection



Early on a Saturday morning, a group of students heads to Princes Street for a day of collecting money for charity, in this case Oxfam.
 

It certainly brightens up gloomy winter streets to come across a tiger or a fairy with lopsided wings.  Now that we're into March, it's the time of the Marie Curie daffodil appeal.  I came across a collector dressed as a daffodil outside the supermarket today, and annoyingly I didn't have my camera.  Hopefully I'll find another collecting daffodil before the month is out.  An aunt who died recently was cared for lovingly in her own home by Marie Curie nursesThis amazing service of end of life care is provided free, so every donation counts.

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  1. Good pics for a good cause. Watching for the daffodil!

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    1. I hope I find one for you, Linda!

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  2. It's good to see ordinary collectors with buckets rather than collecting bank account details (that sounds less like a rant than my first attempt at writing this).

    Always please to have an up to date bit of Edinburgh delivered to me while I'm out on the Atlantic.

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    1. I know what you mean about the chuggers, Sandy. My last line of defence is to speak to them in Norwegian. If I want to take out a standing order to a charity I'll do it in private, not on a street corner.
      Hope your bit of the Atlantic isn't too rough tonight.

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  3. With get-ups like that, they must have been quite successful in their endeavors!

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    1. I hope they were. It was a weekend when Scotland had a home rugby match, so the town is very busy on these occasions.

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  4. Hello Linda. The name Marie Curie caught my attention (I remember reading a biography about her in school) and I checked out the link to find out if this was the same woman. What a wonderful story about how the Marie Curie nurses came to be. Hospice care is so important...my mother was a recipient of hospice nurse care in her home before she died in 2003. It was a blessing to be able to remain at home.

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    1. It must have been a great blessing for the whole family to have hospice care at home, Sara. It seems to be more than a job for the nurses. The team who had been caring for my aunt came to her funeral.

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  5. What a wonderful thing for this hospice care to be provided for free. Everyone deserves care and dignity in their final days.

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    1. It is quite amazing to have this service. So is the amount of money they need to raise to be able to continue.

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  6. That's a remarkable service indeed, Linda. I don't know of anything like it in the states--not free of charge, anyway. Oxfam is a worthy cause.

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    1. I have the impression that we're very well furnished with charities in the UK, even with the National Health Service.
      Yes Oxfam does great work, and they're a fantastically dynamic charity. I clear out my books every so often and donate them to their bookshops. They track donors' sales and send an update telling you how much your books have raised.

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  7. I hope you find a daffodil (and have your camera with you). It's very charming that the collectors take to costume for their good cause. They really ought to try that here in the states :) Cheers, Jenni

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    1. I am now on a daffodil search! Some of the costumes are very inventive. Obviously part of the kit today's students need to take to university.

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  8. how fun to see the youth out collecting and the dressing up is an added bonus. great picture.

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    1. The students have the stamina to spend a day shaking a bucket in the cold. Perhaps the costumes add insulation - although that fairy looks as if she might get a bit chilly.

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  9. (Apologies if this is a repeat - Blogger seems to have swallowed up my first attempt to comment.)

    I especially love the top photo with the castle looking just steps away from the end of the street!

    I know someone who's a Marie Curie nurse, and they are more than dedicated. It's great to see young people raising money for such a worthy cause.

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      The castle is good value - certainly draws the eye away from the total mess of the tramworks.
      I would like to redistribute bankers' bonuses among terminal care nurses.

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  10. I love the idea of the Marie Curie nurses and hope they are well supported by the community.

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    1. I think there is tremendous support, but the demand is huge. We are looking at what fundraising we're going to get involved in this year.

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  11. It is particularly great to know that the youth there is interested enough in this great cause to go out and really work to get donations. They must all be great kids to do something like that. KIds nowdays, in our country anyway, seem to be so self serving that they aren't interested in such things as donating their precious time to stand around collecting money for charity. They are too used to having everyone doing things for them and and just so darned spoiled. It is a sad thing for our country too. Girls here are so far ahead of the guys. 60 percent of college kids are girls, if you can imagine!!

    It is refreshing to see those young Scotish people being aware of a need and doing something about it!!

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    1. We probably have our fair share of selfishness, Darlene, but it's always good to see the next generation giving thought to others. I think girls are also in the majority of university students here too.

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  12. Love the little fairy out collecting...too cute!

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    1. The fairy is inspired, isn't she? Love her wonky wings!

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  13. It must be so comforting for patients to know they can stay in their own home and be well looked after, what an amazing service and great to see the younger generation helping out.

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  14. A friend's mother passed away recently and she was cared for by wonderful hospice nurses. Being a nurse in general is such hard and demanding work, let alone easing the end of life. Love your photos and your mention of the 2 worthy organizations. We do daffodil days for Cancer Society fund raisers.

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  15. What a wonderful cause for them to be collecting for...I can't imagine any job that could be more heart wrenching than being a hospice worker...

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