Saltire Roofing & Building has given a cash injection to a community food bank, serving as a lifeline to families struggling during lockdown.

The Wester Hailes Eats Together project was set up in response to Covid-19 to try to tackle the inequalities highlighted by the pandemic.

The group has been cooking hot takeaway meals and making up Recipe Bags to cook at home, which are offered free of charge to families who would otherwise go without.

Saltire Roofing & Building heard about the initiative through Radio Forth Cash For Kids and immediately stepped in to offer a £300 donation.

Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re really pleased to be making this donation to the Wester Hailes Eats Together project because we like to give back to local communities. Times are tough right now and we know that many local families will be struggling. When Cash for Kids told us about this fantastic community initiative, we wanted to do our bit, to ensure they can continue providing food for these families, who might otherwise go without.”

Stacey Wilson at Wester Hailes Eats Together said:

“Wester Hailes Eats Together are absolutely delighted with this £300 donation. This will be used to make up Recipe Bags for our most vulnerable children and families to create a tasty meal at home. These will be distributed at our World Disco Soup Event at The Murrayburn and Hailesland Community Garden.”

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As we look back on what’s been a very challenging year, it’s incredibly uplifting to hear how Saltire Roofing & Building has continued to make a difference to local communities.

Throughout each year, we support a number of local charities, events and projects because we like to give something back.

One of these initiatives, which we’ve sponsored for a number of years now, is the Hearts Walking Football Club for the over 50s.

This group, which meets every Tuesday on the community pitch at Tynecastle, gives over 50s the chance to continue or kick-start a healthy and active lifestyle, whilst offering all the social benefits of a club, with a hot drink, soup & a roll after each game.

The club now has a regular attendance of around 50 players every week.

This week, Community Head at Heart of Midlothian FC, Alan “Chalky” White, sent us a video message to say:

“Saltire’s support helps us attract lots of 50-plus footballers down to Tynecastle once a week to take part in Walking Football on the back pitch at Tynecastle and over the years of their support it’s been a massive success. 50 guys take part every single week. It’s great to see them out playing football, it’s given them that lust for life again but in addition to that, it’s allowing people to socialise, get off the sofa, be active and after the game each week, they come in and they get their soup and their roll in the changing rooms. So they’re making new friends and they’re getting out and about in their community again. Saltire play a massive part in that, because if it wasn’t for their support, we wouldn’t run that on a weekly basis.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh, said:

“We’re delighted to hear that so many people are benefiting from this fantastic local club. It’s also a good reminder of why it’s so important for companies like ours to give back to the communities we live and work in, and the difference that can make to local people. We’re very proud to support the Hearts Walking Football Club and we look forward to extending that support into 2021.”

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Saltire Roofing & Building has kicked off this year’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal with a £2,000 donation, as the charity faces the unprecedented challenge of delivering presents to thousands of local children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A team of charity workers and volunteers are working tirelessly behind the scenes to launch this year’s appeal in a bid to ensure every child wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning.

At the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas HQ in Edinburgh’s Gyle Shopping Centre,  a raft of new measures are in place, including innovative fogging machines and a larger site, aimed at creating Covid-secure conditions and helping as many young people as possible.

Last year more than £1.1 million worth of toys were handed out, helping 27,112 children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders.

This year, a reduced number of donation points will be available at leading retailers.

Anyone who wants to help but is unable to visit a physical drop-off point can donate via the Radio Forth or Radio Borders Cash for Kids websites.

Saltire Roofing & Building initially donated £500 to the Radio Forth appeal, and £500 to Radio Borders. But when we heard how much the Mission Christmas campaign was struggling, we doubled our donations to £1,000 for each area.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building proudly supports Cash for Kids Mission Christmas every year, and we’re first to donate to the appeal this year because we know how much it matters. COVID-19 has impacted on all our lives and delivering this year’s Mission Christmas will prove a significant challenge. Thousands of local children will still be wishing to wake up to a present from Santa, and we cannot let them down. If you can make a donation, please do so now, and together we can bring some happiness to the children who need it most this Christmas.”

Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager, Emma Kemp said:

“This year has been overwhelmingly challenging for Cash for Kids as we try to continue helping families throughout the region, while ensuring that our team members and volunteers remain safe. But, despite the obstacles, we’ve been absolutely determined to continue with Mission Christmas. The impact Coronavirus has had on vulnerable families has been profound, so our 2020 appeal is arguably more important than ever before. It’s been amazing seeing everyone pull together and come up with innovative solutions to ensure that – once again – every child in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders wakes up to a present on Christmas Day. We’d urge everyone to do their bit, either through gift drop-offs or cash donations, and let’s end 2020 on a positive note.”

Saltire Roofing & Building is excited to announce that superstar cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy will help close this year’s Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.

The six-times Olympic gold medallist will be appearing online in the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series to discuss his new book, Be Amazing! An Inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion, on Sunday 4th October at 11am.

The book shares some of the athlete’s own experiences in a bid to motivate youngsters and show that, with the right mindset, anything is possible.

All Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series events are FREE and are taking place every Sunday at 11am until the 4th of October.

Join us online at bordersbookfestival.org

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have such an exciting close to the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series. We chose to sponsor this event because as a company, we like to give back to local communities and support local children.

Sir Chris Hoy is a national hero and a fantastic inspiration to young people. I can’t wait to find out more about his new book and I hope that his story can encourage children to believe in themselves and go for their dreams.”

We know that sport can play an important role in a child’s development, which is why Saltire Roofing & Building now subsidise Junior Memberships at Lauder Golf Club.

We will pay the membership fee for any Junior, up to the age of 12, who joins the club with a parent.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“Golf is a sport that I enjoy myself and also with my family.

My daughter Skye is a Junior member at Lauder Golf Club and has had some fantastic opportunities, including playing with Gregor Townsend during his charity challenge to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

I hope that by subsidising Junior memberships at Lauder, it’ll encourage more families to get involved and more children across the Borders will be able to access and enjoy playing golf.”

     

 

Saltire Roofing & Building is delighted to be announced as the proud new sponsor of the Borders Book Festival Family Series.

Match funding from the Culture & Business Fund Scotland has enabled us to cement a partnership to support this much-loved community event for at least the next 3 years.

The Book Festival, which was due to take place in Melrose at the beginning of June, was forced to cancel its famous gathering of readers and renowned authors in Harmony Garden due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But thanks to the support of sponsors like Saltire Roofing and Building, it will instead be enjoyed online throughout the summer by thousands of readers of all ages.

Each Sunday, over twelve consecutive weeks in July, August & September, a collection of sparkling events for children and adults will be streamed on bordersbookfestival.org with a live, interactive Q&A with authors like James Naughtie, Neil Oliver and Sebastian Barry.

The new digital programme, which is entirely free, will kick off on Sunday 12th July with the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series – an experience specifically created for children to enjoy with their parents, grandparents and carers.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“I live in the Borders and I know just how important the Book Festival is to the community here so I’m delighted to be able to support the event during these difficult times. I’m also very grateful to the Culture & Business Fund Scotland for awarding us the match funding to help cement our sponsorship for at least the next 3 years. At Saltire Roofing & Building, we like to give back to local communities and we support many local charities and projects, particularly those aimed at helping children. Sponsoring the “Family Series” fits perfectly with our core values as a company and we hope it will be enjoyed by families across the Borders and beyond this summer.”

 Book Festival Director Paula Oglivie said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd don’t just support structures.  This family run company, which has completed a number of major roofing projects across the Scottish Borders, is also dedicated to improving the lives of young people in the region. Their patronage of local charity Cash for Kids is well known, but they also subsidise Lauder’s junior golf club memberships and are quietly working on a strategy to support after school clubs in our most disadvantaged areas. That commitment is clearly cemented in all that they do, as despite the dramatic impact of COVID 19 on all our industries, they’ve stuck by us, and we are delighted to welcome them as new sponsors to the book festival.”

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School staff have praised Saltire Roofing & Building’s Managing Director for helping to inspire local youngsters during a recent event.

Steven McIntosh was invited to take part in “World of Work Week” at Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh.

Steven told pupils the story of his journey since leaving school.

He explained to the S3 children how he started out learning his trade as a roofer, working hard to begin his own business, which has grown into the successful multi-trades company he runs today.

The Thank You card from Castlebrae High School read:

“Thank you so much for your input with our S3’s last week for World of Work Week. It was great for our pupils to hear your story and they got a lot of information from your session. We are really keen to share and develop their knowledge and it’s only possible with support like yours. We really appreciate you giving up your time.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“I was very happy to go along to Castlebrae High School to deliver a talk to the pupils and I wish to thank the school for inviting me. If I managed to inspire at least one pupil to work hard to achieve their goals then it’s been a worthwhile experience. I strongly believe in supporting our local communities and as a company we try to do as much as we can to help kids get the best start in life.”

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We’re thrilled to congratulate one of our community beneficiaries on their recent hat-trick trophy win!

The Hearts 56 Walking Football team have won Walking Football Scotland’s Over 50s National League for the third consecutive year.

The reigning Scottish champions, sponsored by Saltire Roofing & Building, scooped the silverware at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, where they also picked up the annual Fair Play Award.

Finishing the season on 51 points, the Tynecastle side couldn’t wait to call the team at Saltire to tell us the good news.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to see the Hearts 56 team being crowned Scottish champions once again and we’re incredibly proud to play a part in their success by continuing to sponsor them. The Walking Football is a fantastic initiative in our local community and we hope to see even more people get involved in the year ahead.”

Walking Football is designed to help people keep or kick-start an active lifestyle regardless of their age, weight or health. As the name suggests, Walking Football is non-contact and only walking is allowed – no jogging, running or sprinting!

The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width with the game restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in. By playing 1 hour a week for 3 months, it enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!

To find out more about Hearts Walking Football, supported by Saltire Roofing and Building, visit https://www.heartsfc.co.uk/community/community-coaching-and-football-development/walking-football

cash for kids presents

Saltire Roofing & Building has donated a massive £1,000 worth of presents for local underprivileged children this Christmas.

It comes as Cash for Kids face a race against time complete this year’s Mission Christmas appeal.

The charity is working tirelessly to fulfil over 26,500 applications for gifts for children living in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders, who will otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.

Managing Director Steven McIntosh visited Radio Borders Mission HQ in Tweedbank and Radio Forth Mission HQ at The Gyle Shopping Centre to see the operation in action and make a £500 donation to each campaign.

Handing over the cheques, which have already been spent on presents, Steven said:

“Mission Christmas is very close to all our hearts at Saltire Roofing & Building and we’re absolutely delighted to donate £500 worth of gifts to both the Radio Forth and Radio Borders campaigns and this year.

We hope these gifts will bring happiness to lots of children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders so that no child wakes up without a present on Christmas morning.”

Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager for the East of Scotland, Emma Kemp said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building do a lot to help Cash for Kids with our campaigns throughout the year, and Stevie is always incredibly generous in his donation to Mission Christmas.

£1000 worth of gifts is amazing and will help us to ensure as many children as possible in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders wake up to presents on Christmas morning.

Thank you so much to the team at Saltire Roofing & Building.”

               

cash for kids gold disk

It’s been a momentous month for Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh. Not only has he celebrated his 50th birthday, but he’s also been presented with a very special gift from his friends at Radio Forth Cash for Kids in recognition of his ongoing charity work.

Earlier this week, Steven was awarded a personalised gold disc in honour of his long-term commitment to supporting children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Falkirk.

Saltire Roofing & Building has sponsored Radio Forth’s “Cash for Kids in Action” since 2014. The daily on-air feature is vital in promoting the charity’s latest appeals in campaigns like “Coats for Kids”, “Mission Christmas” and many others.

Presenting the gold disc to Steven, Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager Emma Kemp said:

“This personalised gold disc is a tribute to the commitment and support that Steven has shown to Cash for Kids. He’s been a champion of our charity since 2014, helping us to support the thousands of local children who need it most. We look forward to working with Saltire Roofing & Building on the exciting projects we have planned for the coming year, directly benefiting even more local children.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We have a big focus on community benefits at Saltire Roofing & Building, and who better to benefit from our support than children who are in need and living right on our doorstep. Cash for Kids is a fantastic charity to work with and I’m truly honoured to receive this gold disc. I’m also delighted to be pledging even more support to Cash for Kids at both Radio Forth and Radio Borders in the year ahead.”