[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Facebay Fundraising donate £1000.00 to MacMillan Cancer Support

Pictured below is Karen Mathie from MacMillan cancer support, Irene McDonald, Carly McMenemy, Kevin Jones, Teresa Martin and Carly and Kevin’s daughter Karmela.


A big thank-you 2 Every1 who helped raise this fantastic amount, the admins from Facebay fundraising Teresa Martin, Genevieve Watt, Carly McMenemy, Ian McDonald and all the helpers, and a special big thank-you 2 every1 who donated and bought items

thank-you so much x

Irene McDonald
Founder of facebay fundraising

Facebay fundraising is on Facebook
people donate their unwanted items and the money raised goes to the six charities on the page which are as follows..

  • MacMillan cancer support
  • Alzheimers Scotland
  • PDSA
  • MND
  • Yorkhill childrens hospital


New heritage centre is highlight of ‘Digital December’.

A new digital heritage centre in Paisley Central Library has been unveiled as part of a ‘Digital December’ of online activity from Renfrewshire Libraries.

The Heritage Centre, based in what was known as the Reference and Local Studies Library, is designed to meet the growing demand for access to digital archives and records and to showcase Paisley’s proud history.

Cllr Stuart Clark with libraries manager Jenifer McFarlane

The new centre was officially opened this week by Cllr Stuart Clark, depute convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board.

The opening the new centre is the centrepiece of a month of online activity from Renfrewshire Libraries.

A new website for library members will make it possible to borrow at all hours and access electronic and audio books amongst a wealth of other online resources.

Libraries staff will hold a number of drop-in sessions during the month designed to help local people ‘tame technology’ and get to grips with the growing number of smartphones, tablets and e-readers they possess.

Cllr Clark said: “Shows such as the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” have made research into family history an ever more popular leisure activity. As our libraries do more to tap into that demand, our visitor numbers will only increase.”

“But Digital December shows that our libraries are about so much more than places to borrow books.

“They are places where people can go online for free and access information about the job market. They host Bookbug sessions where parents and children can bond through reading and song. And they are sources of vital health information and advice thanks to initiatives like Living Well @ The Library which we’ve developed together with Macmillan Cancer Support”.

“Libraries are ideal places to bring like-minded people together within a community, or for people to go to get the information and services they need, and that’s why we’re investing in their future.”

A programme of events for Digital December is available in every Renfrewshire Library. More information about library services is available by calling 0300 300 1188 or emailing

The new Renfrewshire Libraries website is available at

facebay fundraising

Facebay Fundraising

In the past few weeks the members of the group have been very active buying selling and donating items In the past 3 months we have donated £1135.60 to Down Syndrome Scotland, £1676 To Alzheimer Scotland And £1500 to Yorkhill Hospital play fund.

This is an amazing Effort from every member


The group is going from strength to strength with over 1300 members and are now sponsored by the local company in clark street who have donated several storage units to store the constant donations we get

We are also looking for volunteers who can drive and can pick up items that are donated

Find out more by visiting the Facebay Fundraising page by clicking on the following link.

Facebay Fundraising was setup April 2012 after visiting local charity shops and seeing how inflated prices could be in high street charity shops

We had previously setup a facebay group to give away unwanted items and realised that we could also help charities while helping people that did not have a lot of money so Facebay Fundraising was born

How the group works

People donate their unwanted items to the Admins or workers of the site

The admins of the site then list the unwanted items, stating how much each item is.

If you have donated items to us, you may specify a charity you wish the money to go to, otherwise we will allocate the money to the charities.

People can advertise their items on the page and pay the proceeds from any sale via the justgiving links but the preferred method at the moment is to drop the money off to one of the admin

As the group expands to cover the whole of Scotland we will have to rely on peoples honesty in paying the money through justgiving

The charities we support are

Macmillan Cancer Support

MND Scotland

PDSA Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Yorkhill Children’s Hospital

Down’s syndrome Scotland

The RAH Kids Ward does not have a Just Giving page, however at Christmas we organise a present drop of toys and gifts.

In the past year we have raised over £9000 for the charities on our group by selling unwanted items we have had great support from the community and local businesses and groups including

Storage Vault

St Mirren FC

Apollo Music

We have also arranged various events including boot fairs, jumble sales, Psychic nights , Sponsored walks and cycle rides

We have 1380 members on the facebay group and our aim is to expand from being a mainly local paisley and surrounding area group to a group that covers the whole of Scotland

We believe that the group is the first of its kind and it is a unique way of supporting charities

The next event for (find us on facebook) is a sponsored cycle, starting at Millport on 4th August 2012 to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Meeting point is at the Largs Ferry Terminal at 12 midday, where we will be catching the ferry across to Millport where the sponsored cycle will begin. The route round the island measures 10.5 miles but it is up to participants how far they want to go.

Everyone is welcome to join me, Irene McDonald, the creator of Facebay Fundraising and event organiser, and several others raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Sponsor sheets are available on request, please email with your contact details to request one.

So far we have raised over £2,000.00 for MacMillan from the site and events we have organised, everyone is welcome to join the group and be a part of its success.
We have five charities which we support through the Facebay group: MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT, Alzheimer Scotland, R.A.H CHILDRENS WARD, PDSA and (MND) Motor Neurone Disease.

How the group works: People advertise their unwanted items to the site, e.g. household items, clothes, toys – anything which can be of use to someone in need.  The donation for the items bought goes to one of the charities above, whichever one the donor chooses. Please help spread the word about this group as it’s for a good cause, helping both people who don’t have much and good causes.

Irene McDonald (Facebay Fundraising)

twitter: @facebayfundrais

A Facebook appeal and sponsored walk has raised a fantastic total of £713 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on Wednesday Irene and Ian McDonald presented the cheque to April Andrews from Macmillan.

Irene explains how the money was raised:

‘Our sponsored walk was held at Barshaw Park on 8th April 2012 at 1pm. The bad weather put a lot of people off coming to the event, but we carried on regardless.

After the walk we had raffle prizes and we also had a stall where we sold items which people donated.

At the end of the day two young people came up to me and handed me £40. This was a PERFECT end to the day. I would personally like to thank Amy Gray and Sean Kelly for this donation, thank you Amy and Sean, that was a lovely thing to do and we very much appreciated it.

We would also like to thank everyone who helped with this event and everyone who donated items for us to sell, also the people who gave us sponsor/donation money, and the local companies which donated items for this fantastic cause.

As this event was set up through my website and was a big success with over 1000 members, we have now set up another website which helps other fantastic charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Cot Deaths and Miscarriages, RAH Children’s Ward and the PDSA which are all great charities and need help raising money.


This site is  EVERYONE is welcome to join and put unwanted goods or items that they no longer need on the site. Every penny raised goes to the charities.

This site is doing great but we would like more people to join and donate to these fantastic charities, please help this be a massive success.

This is how the site works:  People donate their unwanted or items they no-longer need on the site, then the people who want the items pay a small donation for charity.

We have started off with Macmillan Cancer Support and every 3 months we will change to one of the other charities, so this gives each charity a fair chance.

We have a Just Giving page set up for people who want to pay for their items in that way – this makes even more money if you are a tax-payer as Gift Aid gives 25% on top of the sum donated.  Also everyone is welcome to make a donation, no matter how small or large on the page as it’s for a really good cause.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to raise this amount of money, it was fantastic!


The Just Giving Page Is Still Live


Hi, just wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening with the website,

The website is doing really well with now over 880 fantastic members and still growing, so it has been a success.

We have been overwhelmed with donations to help us on our way with our Sponsored Walk on Sunday 8th April 2012 (Easter Sunday) for MacMillan Cancer Support. We hope to see as many people as possible at Barshaw Park, setting off at 1.00pm

We have had the support of George Adam and his lovely wife Stacey who will be at the event and I’m really looking forward to meeting them again.

We have had donations for the raffle from: St Mirren Football Club; Boots in the Paisley Centre; Totally Gorgeous; CK Salon, Renfrew; Archie’s Barbers, Renfrew; Co-op, Renfrew;

Hamishes Hoose, Paisley; W H Smith, Paisley and the girls from the Central Cafe in Gilmour St, Paisley also donated gifts for a raffle.

We have also had donations for a raffle from very generous people on the website who also want to help support this FANTASTIC CHARITY.

We have people asking to buy raffle tickets now!

One of my admins Nikki has made 4 bracelets, three of which have been auctioned on the website and fetched a very generous £41.50.

Another member of the site, Jean-Marie, also made a bracelet to be auctioned on the site and there are bids on it at the moment, the auction ends on Saturday 7th April at 6pm and Nikki’s other bracelet ends then too.

Some people have even given me cash for the MacMillan Cancer event and I would love to say a VERY BIG THANKYOU as I know it will mean so much to MacMillan.

We have people also donating on the website which takes them to my Just Giving page,  So far we have been given £27.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated gifts, sponsored, donated cash on my Just Giving page and helped spread the word about this event.

Please help Easter Sunday be a good day for MacMillan Cancer

PS. An Easter Egg would be fantastic – would anyone like to donate as it’s for a good cause?

Thank you,

Irene McDonald

Paisley Girl to join Star DJ’s celebrate local cancer charities 100th birthday!

Paisleys Amy White will join Clyde 1 DJ’s Knoxy and Robin Galloway to celebrate 100 yeasr of Macmillan Cancer Support. The DJ Duo toasted their cocktails to Macmillan Cancer Support and urged supporters to attended the Macmillan Cancer Support West of Scotland Centenary Ball on the 3rd of September where Amy will be a guest speaker.

The ball being organised by west of Scotland trio Alison Millar and Ann McNulty and Victoria Gibbs who have all been touched by the support Macmillan offers to people and their families affected by cancer. All funds raised on the night will go towards supporting local Macmillan projects including information drop in centres in Renfrewshire. Read more


A leading cancer charity and local Rotary have launched the annual Ayrshire Costal walk challenge in sunny Ayrshire!

Macmillan Cancer Support and Garnock Valley Rotary are looking for 200 people to sign up to take part in the walk to raise £10,000 to fund vital cancer services and help support people with polio

The walk is split into a lovely 7.5 mile afternoon walk, an invigorating 9 mile morning walk and a more challenging full day 16.5 mile route. The full day and morning event takes walkers from Saltcoats over to Portencross, where everyone can enjoy relaxing picnic, and the afternoon walkers can join up for the further walk on to Largs.

Macmillan’s Ayrshire Fundraising Manager Susan Selkirk said: “We’re encouraging families and groups of friends to participate in our scenic walk – it’s one of the simplest ways that supporters can get involved to change the lives of people living with cancer and polio – it’s promising to be fabulous day out!”

“Our walk is open to all ages of walkers and fitness levels, with 3 distances everyone can participate!”

Susan continued “The number of people in Scotland being diagnosed with cancer is around 27,000 and it is increasing every year. This means Macmillan needs to continually raise more money to be able to offer medical, emotional and financial help to those who need it.

”The work that the Rotary are doing with Polio Plus is making a huge difference to eradicate polio in developing counties, they need your support even more to ensure that the disease is eradicated”

“We are looking for 200 people who want to help us fund our vital cancer services while taking part in the walk and enjoying some beautiful Ayrshire scenery.”

The Ayrshire Coastal walk takes place on Sunday June 6th with a celebration event being hosted in Largs at the close of the walks. Everyone taking on the walk is asked to pay a registration fee of £10 to and raise £25 in sponsorship.

So why not get some fresh air and sign up to Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual Ayrshire Coastal Walk and see a part of Scotland you didn’t know existed?

To register for the Ayrshire Coastal walk visit or call Susan on 0141 952 0085


Cancer Charity Seeks Basket Cases

Macmillan Cancer Support in the West of Scotland is seeking help from local organisations this Easter as it tries to get chocoholics involved in its egg-cellent Guess the Name competition.

The charity is asking local businesses, schools and public service organisations to pick up one of its Easter Bunny Baskets which is choc-a-block with enough Easter Eggs to satisfy any sweet tooth as well as a cuddly Easter bunny, name sheet with 100 names on it and an envelope containing the bunny’s real name to reveal the lucky prize winner.

For a donation of just £1 local people can guess the bunny’s name with the egg-static winner receiving the basket and all the mouth watering Easter goodies inside – and that’s no yolk!

Macmillan Fundraising Manager Susan Selkirk is hoping local organisations will get involved and help encourage people to shell out a little bit more this Easter to help local families affected by cancer.

She said: “We’re looking for shops, hotels, community centres and schools to take one of our fantastic Easter Bunny Baskets.

“This competition is fun for all ages and is a great way for you to engage with your customers or visitors and raise money for people affected by cancer.

“This event helps Macmillan to raise thousands of pounds each year and with your support we will continue to provide medical, financial and emotional support services to those who need it most.”

If you are interested in getting involved then hop over to the phone and call Susan at the Macmillan West of Scotland team on 0141 952 0085 or email


Charity hopes to raise £50,000

A leading cancer charity is calling on people in Renfrewshire to sign up to climb the UK’s highest mountain.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for 100 people to sign up to take part in a 4400ft climb up Ben Nevis in the Highlands to raise cash to fund vital cancer services.

This is the charity’s first ever Ben Nevis challenge and Macmillan hopes to raise a fantastic £50,000 from the May fundraising event.

Fundraising manager for Renfrewshire Susan Selkirk said: “The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year.

“This means Macmillan needs to continually raise more money to be able to offer medical, emotional and financial help to those who need it.

“We are looking for 100 people who want to help us fund our vital cancer services while taking on a challenging climb and experiencing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.”

The Ben Nevis challenge will kick off on Friday, May 14, with a dinner in a Fort William hotel. Climbers will conquer Ben Nevis on Saturday, followed by a celebratory dinner on Saturday night and return home on Sunday, May 16.

Everyone taking on the challenge is asked to pay a registration fee of £99 to and raise £500 in sponsorship. The registration fee covers the cost of the hotel, meals and the guides who will lead the group.

Susan added: “It will be a really fun weekend. We expect a wide variety of people to take part. We’ve already had some interest from keen hill-walkers, small groups of friends and even businesses thinking of sending staff along as a team building exercise.

“May should be a lovely time to climb Ben Nevis and really enjoy the spectacular scenery. We hope this challenge will prove very popular and we have lots of advice and tips for people on how to raise money before taking part.”

The Ben Nevis climb is one of a host of walks Macmillan has organised as part of its Walk With Us programme. The charity is also urging people who can’t take part in an official Macmillan walk to organise their own fundraising walk wherever and whenever they like.

To find out more visit or call 0131 260 3720.