Presidents Chosen Charity

President Steve Kirk has chosen Circle as his charity for 2018.

Circle’s aim is to support the most disadvantaged children and families to improve their lives, promote their healthy development and reach their potential.

We are based in Pilton and have been running a number of projects in some of the most deprived areas of Edinburgh as well as East & West Lothian since 2006 though we were originally formed in 1946 as the Family Services Unit following WW2 to assist families resettle from devastated urban areas. We are particularly proud of our ISSEP partnership with George Heriots school which sees local primary school pupils paired with high school mentors who spend 2hrs per week with them helping with academic or social activities. Both sets of young people get a great deal from the relationship.

We organize 1:1 sessions with both children and parents as well as group activities that can involve the children, parents and other family members individually or altogether. We work with families building parenting skills which can include setting appropriate boundaries and managing behaviours, weekly planners for school attendance, homework and appointments as well as ensuring the family spend quality time together.  We also help them address any health needs and increase awareness of the impact and effect of substance abuse on the children. We can signpost, and accompany, parents to recovery meetings and help them with any setbacks.

As Circle are not time-limited or target led and as our services are voluntarily engaged with we find that families stay with us for longer than other care providers. We have been repeatedly told that our willingness to stick by people makes us a unique service.

If you would like more detailed information on our work then each of our projects publish an Annual Report with stats and case studies, you can find them here –

President Kenny Watling chosen charity 2018
President Kenny Watling has chosen Richmond Hope as his charity of the year for 2018. A fantastic cause carrying out much needed support work in and around Edinburgh. The charity triples day is 16th June at Willowbrae Bowling Club. As usual the EBL expect all clubs to attend this enjoyable day. President Kenny will be undertaking additional fundraising throughout the season, with more details to follow
President Brian Jempson chosen charity 2017

Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day, don’t face it alone. We work in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer, and bring young people together so they can support each other.

We also give presentations in schools so young people understand more about cancer and go to the doctors earlier.

Almost half of young people with cancer are not treated in our units. Instead they are treated in hospitals where there isn’t the same level of expertise we provide, and might never meet another young person with cancer. This is a scary and lonely experience. This must change. So we’re building a wider Nursing & Support Service within the NHS to help all young people, wherever they receive treatment. To make this happen, we need to raise more than £20 million every year by 2020.

We rely on donations to fund our vital work. Find out more, get involved or make a donation at Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).

President Graeme Swan chosen charity 2016


CHAS is the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. Our vision is that every baby, child and

young person in Scotland will have access to palliative care when and where they need it. This
sits at the heart of everything we do.

Our role as a charity is threefold:

  • We provide CARE through our two wonderful hospices – Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch – and also through CHAS at Home which has teams working from Rachel House and Robin House as well as dedicated teams in Aberdeen and Inverness, caring for families in their own homes when they need it most.
  • We generate SUPPORT for our work through tireless, year-round fund-raising to secure over £9million, needed every year to run our hospices and provide services to families.
  • We make CONNECTIONS between families, health and social care professionals, the media, supporters and influencers to raise awareness of our work and promote joined up service provision for families.

Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition can place unimaginable demands on families,
physically and emotionally. Quite simply, we are here to lighten their load.