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Great news on the BATs Youth Rugby funding front while Maggie’s spreads Christmas cheer…

Edinburgh Self Storage has sponsored BATs community youth rugby programme for some time now, and we’re delighted to hear that revenue generated from new retail development on Comely Bank Road in Stockbridge will be funnelled into community sport and teams such as Edinburgh BATs.

The retail development includes plans for a new clubhouse and function suite for the Edinburgh Academical Football Club (Accies) and is led by the Raeburn Place Foundation, set up in 2014 to widen the participation in sport and celebrate the heritage of Raeburn Place, the site of the first-ever international rugby football game between Scotland and England in 1871.

Originally scheduled for completion by October 2019, the project was first delayed by the outbreak of Covid-19, with a further setback because of lockdown, but 2021 should see the wheels set in motion once again.

The Raeburn foundation has a 99-year lease on the Stockbridge development ground owned by former Edinburgh Academy pupils, and a Museum of International Rugby is planned for the development too, celebrating and preserving the unique history of the site and the game.

Maggie’s at Christmas 

Edinburgh Self Storage is likewise incredibly proud to support cancer charity Maggie’s via our sister company CrimboTrees and its yearly Christmas tree donation to Maggie’s Edinburgh, which four Christmases on is now becoming a lovely tradition. In that time we have raised over £12,000 for Maggie’s Edinburgh with £5 from every Christmas tree sale going directly to the charity.

Fans of the Edinburgh King’s panto may have been robbed of the live on-stage antics of stalwarts Allan Stewart, Andy Gray, and Grant Stott this year because of the pandemic, but thanks to Maggie’s, they got a chance to see them reunited on the King’s Theatre stage for a digital festive fundraiser in the form of Maggie’s inaugural ‘Carols on your Couch’ show.

Radio presenter Grant Stott and River City star Andy Gray played Santa and Andy the Elf alongside the winner of the Evening News Edinburgh Has Talent star-search, Caitlyn Vanbeck. She performed Christmas classics while the candle-lit St Mary’s Cathedral choir sang live from the Cathedral itself. Former Blue Peter presenter, Janet Ellis, topped the whole thing off with a Christmas reading. 

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