One random act of kindness deserves another

by Alicia Simpson

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Mairi and Oscar
A mother left shocked by a mystery parking ticket donation has decided to carry on the random act of kindness raising over £13,000 in just two months for an Edinburgh based charity.

In February Mairi Holden discovered a stranger had left money on the windscreen of her car to help towards a parking ticket she received whilst attending to her son in hospital.

In an effort to show her appreciation, Mairi has since committed to raising as much money as possible for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), the charity that supports and complements the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) where Mairi’s son was admitted.

In just two months the 35 year old has already managed to raise an amazing £13,195 after setting up a JustGiving page and encouraging people to donate.

The mother of four year old Oscar, who she had rushed to hospital before receiving the parking tickets said: “I was so overwhelmed when I found the money, I couldn’t believe that someone had done such a lovely and kind thing. That is what motivated me to begin raising money.

“I thought I would set up a JustGiving page so the mystery person could see that their random act of kindness could snowball and to show how much it helped.

“Everyone who is donating is helping with their own random act of kindness, that’s why the total has gone this high so far and I am excited to see how much more we can raise.”

Huge Impact

However Mairi has no plans to stop there, setting herself the ambitious target of raising £1 million for the SKFF who also support children’s healthcare settings across the southeast of Scotland and beyond.

Mairi added: “SKFF have been amazing with Oscar, I love the work that they do which is why I decided to raise money specifically for them.

“I really admire their efforts to help to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second and I want to help them do this.”

Roslyn Neely, CEO of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “We are so grateful to Mairi for undertaking this amazing fundraising effort. She has done brilliantly so far and the money raised will have a huge impact on the children being treated at the RHSC.

“SKFF distributes around £1.5m per year at RHSC and other children and young people’s community healthcare settings and Mairi is hugely contributing to this.

“Everyone at SKFF would like to thank Mairi and all those who have donated so far for all they have done.”

If you would like to help Mairi in her efforts to raise £1 million you can visit her JustGiving page and donate by following this link 

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