Give the gift of love this Christmas

Christmas is a time for family - and creating a caring and loving family for vulnerable children is at the heart of all our work. With your help this Christmas, we can make sure we are always there for adoptive and foster care families; providing support for both parents and children whenever they need us.

Goal: £10,000

Coming up in 2022

We can’t wait to celebrate our Centenary with you with some exciting fundraising activities! We kick off with our Family February FUNdraising, where it’s over to you for a fun-filled way of raising £100.

May is for Music, when we have a Centenary concert by Cadenza, one of Scotland’s finest choirs.

Also in May is the Edinburgh Marathon Festival with distances for all the family. Later in the year we’ll be encouraging folk of any age and level of fitness to don your kilts, join our team and get walking to raise money for our Centenary appeal. Look out for more info in 2022 …

Your support means a lot

Each donation matters, even the smallest ones. Donate £3 (average price of a cup of coffee) and a family’s life will get better!

There are so many other ways to help raise funds on behalf of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. Below are just some ideas – if you would like to find out more about fundraising for the charity, Dan Docwra, our fundraiser would be delighted to hear from you! 

You can call him on 0131 467 4239 or send him an email at and he’ll get back to you.

One-off donation – One-off donation – however large or small, please know that your donation will be valued and used towards our shared vision.

Make a donation now

Regular Giving – if you prefer to give money on a regular basis you can set up a can make a regular donation via  People’s Fundraising.

Gift Aid – If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation and St Andrew’s Children’s Society can claim back the tax on that amount. This means, in total, an additional 25% on each donation. Please tick the Gift Aid box when making your donation.

Cash Donations – St Andrew’s Children’s Society can provide you with a collecting box to have in your home, club or business into which people can drop their spare change.

AmazonSmile customers can now support St Andrew’s Children’s Society in the Amazon shopping app on iPhones and Android phones as well as on on the Amazon website!

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations for us from the app.

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
4. Use the AmazonSmile app every time you shop.

To turn on AmazonSmile from the Amazon website go to and follow the instructions. Use this version of Amazon every time you shop.

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks.

Take part in this annual sell out Marathon, which is the UK’s second largest marathon after London’s, to help raise funds for St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

There are a variety of running events over the Edinburgh Marathon weekend ranging from The EMF Junior races to The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay to full The Edinburgh Marathon.

We would love you to run for St Andrew’s Children’s Society, and in return for supporting us we’ll pay your entry fee and give you a lovely St Andrew’s Children’s Society T-shirt to wear on the day!

Sign up for the Edinburgh Marathon


Whether you’re taking part in The Mighty Stride, The Big Stroll or The Wee Wander we’d love it if you did it to help raise funds for St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, all funds raised that come via EverydayHero, the Kiltwalk’s preferred online fundraising platform , will be topped up by 50%.

We would love it if you could take part in The Edinburgh Kiltwalk on behalf of St Andrew’s Children’s Society, and in return for supporting us we’ll pay your registration and service fees and provide you with a lovely St Andrew’s Children’s Society T-shirt!

You can create a sponsored activity out of virtually anything! Dan can provide you with sponsor forms and even advise you how to set up a web page (on which allows your far-flung family and friends to give tax-efficiently online.

There are many other fundraising possibilities. Ever dreamed about parachuting, skydiving, abseiling, cycling from London to Paris or even getting to the top of Kilimanjaro!!

We may be able to make your dream come true!

When it comes to making a will, it’s right that your family and friends come first but many people also like to remember a cause that’s close to their hearts; which they have supported during their lifetime or which they or a loved one have benefited from.

Making your will doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive but it is advisable to consult a solicitor to make sure that your will is going to have the effect you wish it to.

If you already have a will but wish to make a change or add something you can ask your solicitor to add a written instruction (called a codicil) which has to be signed and witnessed the same way as your will does.

If you would like to leave a gift to St Andrew’s Children’ in your will there are three main ways to do this:

After all your other gifts have been made you can leave the remainder of your estate, or a percentage of the remainder, to St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

You can leave a fixed amount of money.

You can leave an item, for instance property, land, jewellery, or even shares.

Leaving a gift in your will is a very personal decision and there is no need to tell us if you have included us in your will.

However, if you felt able to let us know of your plans, we would welcome the opportunity to thank you and to keep you up to date with our achievements so that you can rest assured that your gift will make a lasting difference.

Four things to remember:

1 – If you share a home with a partner but aren’t married or civil partnered you must have a will if you want them to have the house.
2 – You can’t leave anything to the two people who witness your will, or their spouses.
3 – Remember to tell the person you choose to carry out your will (your executor) where your will is stored.
4 – The Government has a handy overview on writing your will here 

You can download our information sheet on leaving a gift in your will here:

Remembering St Andrew’s Children’s Society in your will

Dan Dowcra is in charge of all fundraising

For further information about any fundraising opportunities, please get in touch with our fundraiser, Dan Docwra on 0131 467 4239 or send him an email and he’ll get back to you. Thank you.