Sunday, June 26, 2016

Crafters across Scotland come together for charity auction for Nairn boy

Nairn business Crafty Wee Birdie Gift Shop has teamed up with Forfar business knittykittybangbang to run a charity online auction for local Nairn lad, Hamish.

Hamish is a brave wee boy from Nairn who has already been through so much in his life. At a young age he was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic aleveola rhabomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. He underwent lots of treatment including pioneering surgery called rotationplasty, which involved the middle section of his leg being removed.

Hamish, now 7, has now been diagnosed with a DIPG (brain stem tumour) and his family have been working hard to raise money for 2 charities which have helped them and many families in the same position - Glasgow Children’s Hospital and Calum’s Cabin.

Iona Hampson, owner of Crafty Wee Birdie, explains 'Hamish's family are great supporters of local crafters and when I heard about their fundraising efforts I had to do something to help. I emailed my suppliers asking if they'd like to be a part of things and got a huge positive response! Crafters from Orkney to Newton Stewart in the borders wanted to donate items, we've even had something come in from Germany!'

The choice was made to do an online auction so that anyone, regardless of geographical location, could take part, and almost all items can be either posted out to the winner or collected from the Crafty Wee Birdie Gift Shop in Nairn. Items have been donated at every possible price point – from under £10 to an original artwork by artist Moira Third valued at £70, and a £50 gift voucher from Quinney's Antique Jewellery.

The auction will ‘go live’ at 6pm on Wednesday 29th June, and bidding will close at 9pm on the same night. For more information visit


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