Kayleigh’s Wee Stars is based in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire and is run by 5 trustees.
There is an official Kayleigh’s Wee Stars meeting every month which the 5 trustees attend. The trustees give up their time voluntarily.
As Kayleigh’s parents, the idea behind the charity and the desire to support families in need stemmed from them. Having experienced knowing that they would lose their child and making every day count, Jonathan and Anna want to help others do the same. The financial support they provide could be to help fund day trips, holidays and other special experiences. In most cases it allows parents to take important time off work to spend with their child without financial strain.
Both Jonathan and Anna have returned to work in the teaching profession and they run the charity from their home in Oldmeldrum.
Two of Anna and Jonathan’s close friends, Nicola and Ewan are also based in Oldmeldrum and were a huge support to the family when Kayleigh was poorly. They had a daughter the same time Kayleigh was born and the two girls spent most of their time together, playing and having sleepovers. Nicola was part of the initial charity set up and Ewan became an official charity trustee shortly after. They can be found either taking part or behind the scenes at charity events and Kayleigh’s little best friend can be found waving a flag in support!
Through training for his first ever 10k, Keith became a family friend after choosing to raise money for Kayleigh’s Wee Stars. His continued support and enthusiasm saw him become an official charity trustee in 2014. He is responsible for the fantastic selection of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars clothing our supporters wear.
Keith has since completed three marathons for the charity!
Kayleigh’s Wee Stars works closely with a number of care professionals, in particular CHAS and the CLIC Sargent Social workers from Scottish Hospitals. Application forms are downloaded from the website, completed on behalf of the family and posted or emailed to the charity. Applications for support are discussed as soon as we receive them and we are able to transfer funds to the family the same day. The amount donated differs each time and depends on the family’s circumstances.
The charity receives on average 4 applications for support a month and by August 2017 had donated £405,000 in total. The applications continue to come in and every bit of support is vital.Declaration of Trust