Vein Finder

Our first project will be to raise funds in order to provide vein finders to the Chemotherapy wards at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & Cancer wards in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Taking blood or inserting an IV line was an arduous task for both Christopher and the medical staff involved, this will be just one of our priorities to ensure that no-one else has to endure this harrowing procedure. We would like to be able to introduce this devise to more hospitals but need your help to do so.

Please help us make those patients life just a little more pain free by making a donation to our cause, thank you.

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1st Vein Finder: The Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy – Chemotherapy Day Ward.

As a family run charity we were keen to place our next vein finder in to the ward where Christopher spent the latter part of his life receiving his treatment.  It was only fitting that we invited the Head Boy & Girl along from Inverkeithing High School as this was the school Christopher attended along with brother and sister, the pupils have been amazing at helping us to raise the funds need to fulfill our ambitions by hosting Senior Onsie Day, Baking Stalls and whole school Dress Down Day.   [September 2014].

2nd Vein Finder: Western General Hospital, Edinburgh – Teenage Caner Ward

Our First AccuVein AV400 has been donated to The Teenage Cancer Ward at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. We were delighted to be able to officially present the vein finder with Rachel Laird , Christopher and Rachel met while they were both undergoing treatment in Ward 8 at the Western General, we wanted to show Rachel how this little devise will help with IV procedures in the newly opened TCT ward. [February 2015]

(c) David Wardle

3rd Vein Finder: The Royal Sick Kids, Edinburgh – Teenage Cancer Trust Ward.

We were also delighted to be able to donate a vein finder to the Teenage cancer Trust ward at The Royal Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh. Inga Jack, who’s children’s singing group Musical Steps Dunfermline and West Fife raised nearly £3,000 last August by holding a week long sponsored Sing-a-Long, came along to present Fiona and Kerry with their vein finder and hear first hand how these devises have made so much difference to the patients at the hospital. [November 2014].


4th Vein Finder: Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline – Chemotherapy Ward.

The Queen Margaret Hospital Chemotherapy Day Unit is where Christopher was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2011. He returned there on several occasions during his treatment, and we felt that this department shouldn’t be overlooked when it came to providing vein finders into local hospitals. We have been told by the Charge Nurse Gillian Wilson that our unit will be so helpful when performing IV procedures on patients with breast cancer, as they can be restricted to the use of only one arm. We invited Liz McTaggart from McTaggart’s Cafe in Aberdour along to help us present the nurses with their AccuVein 400.


5th Vein Finder: Medical High Dependency Unit The Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

It’s not just chemotherapy wards that can benefit from a vein finder, we have donated our 5th devise into the Medical High Dependency Unit at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, after nurse Stephanie MacDonald a friend of the family cntacted us to request one for her ward.
Pictured below is Charge Nurse Carol Wallace along with Staff Nurse Jennie Grestey.  We would like to take this opportunity to welcome a close friend of Cookie’s, Gordon Preston, who has also joined our Board of Trustees. [April 2015].


6th Vein Finder: The Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy – Ward 34

Kirkcaldy M&S Manager Gordon Haggerty accompanied us to Ward 34 to present Senior Charge Nurse Gordon McGhee and Staff Nurse Vicky Stephen with their Vein Finder and powered wheeled stand. The M&S Kirkcaldy store team raised a staggering £5,268.00 during their years’ fundraising efforts and are delighted that ward 34 will benefit from all their hard work. [May 2015].


7th Vein Finder:  The Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy – Ambulatory Care Ward

Boxed and ready to be delivered to the Ambulatory Care ward based inside the Children’s ward at the Victoria Hospital.   This was funded by M&S Kirkcaldy and Tom Main who ran in the London Marathon to support the Cookie Jar Foundation. [June 2015].

8th Vein Finder: The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh – Clinical Apheresis Unit

We were delighted to be able to donate a vein finder into this unit as Christopher and his brother, Steven, underwent stem cell harvests here.  All was made possible by the amazing team at McLay Murray & Spence LLP who nominated us as their charity of the year 2015, and MMS partner Laura O’Neill joined us to present the vein finder to Senior Charge Nurse Moira Anderson. [July 2016].

9th & 10th Vein Finders: The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

This is the second donation into the Sick Kids, Edinburgh taking our total to 3.  These two devises will not be placed in a ward but will be used in various departments through out the hospital.  We would like to thanks MMS LLP who raised the funds by hosting many events throughout the year one of which was the memorable 5 Ferry’s Cycle challenge. [August 2015].


11th Vein Finder: Victoria Hospital, Isle of Bute

Fiona Ross visited the Community Hospital to present the nursing staff with their vein finder.  As this is a smaller hospital their devise will be used throughout hospital and with community nurses.  Fiona’s parents own Mac’s Bar on the Isle of Bute ran a race night fundraiser in February raising £2,051.oo!  and wanted to give something back to their community.

12th Vein Finder:  The Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline – Children’s & Young Persons Unit.

Delighted to be able to take some of our local supporters along to meet and present SCN Margaret Barrett her vein finder. This was made possible with the help of #RedCupCheer run by Neighbourly and Starbucks in the Kingsgate Centre, Matalan, and the Brig Fish & Chip Bar – all Dunfermline based companies.  These guys did anything from tweeting @TheCookieJarf for Red Cup Cheer, sponsored cycle in store and displaying our collection tins in their premises to help us raise the funds…very much a community effort by all involved. [May 2016]

13th Vein Finder:  The Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy –  Children’s In-Patient

Had the pleasure of gifting the Children’s ward at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy this afternoon with our 14th donation of a vein finder. As our charity ethos states “Money raised in the community, stays in the community” and this was no more the case with the representatives who accompanied me today.

Jack Brown – Winner of Christopher’s award ‘Inspiring Others to Achieve’  at Inverkeithing High School, Jack and his fellow senor pupils raised funds by holding a Onsie Day last October along with a dress down day.

Mark Robertson – The Bouncy Castle Man.  Mark came along on behalf of his boss Mark Eaglesham who abseiled down the Forth Rail Bridge, The team at the Bouncy Castle Man hosted a succession of family fun days in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy to coincide with the abseil.

Jess O’Brien – Paula O’Brien Psychic Medium – Jess came along to represent her mother Paula who has given our charity an enormous support during her tours.

Kirstie Chalmers  – who nominated us through her employer Exxon at Cowdenbeath as part of their ‘Stay Safe@ awareness policy. [July 2018].

L-R – Jack Brown, Amanda Williamson, Christina Thomson, Mark Robertson, Jess O’Brien and Debbie Coutts
(c) David Wardle

14th Vein Finder: The Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline – Clinical Intervention Unit

We invited our family friend and Abseil fundraiser, Daniel Leigh, along to show him how his hard raised funds are used.  We were delighted to be able to fulfill Staff Nurse Dawn’s request by providing her and her colleagues with a vein finder for their ward.  Dawn and the team discovered just how amazing this little piece of equipment was when she borrowed the Chemotherapy in-patient wards’ vein finder, which has been in use there for the last three years.

As always we can only provide these with the funds raised by our amazing supporters, we have to give thanks to Daniel and his father in-law, John, who owns local firm J.M. Joiners Ltd. The wonderful Barr family who own the Cadbury’s shop in Aberdour, and close family friends, Robert & Angela have raised funds for us through our collection tins that have been placed in the shop for the last 4 years. [July 2018]

Left to right Daniel Leigh, Julie Bowie, Ann Simpson, Dawn Ireland, Debbie Coutts & Karen Harrison (c) David Wardle

15th Vein Finder: Western General, Ward 8

It has taken some strength to be able to revisit Ward 8 as this was the ward where Christopher underwent most of his chemotherapy.  If things had gone to plan the way we’d prayed then he would have spent his days there recovering from the stem cell transplant that his brother, Steven, had been able to provide due to their near perfect match.  It was so difficult for Christopher when it came to finding veins for IV procedures due to the amount of treatments his veins had endured, but from such a negative we have to find a positive….and hopefully helping others by providing our 16th vein finder to the unit. Again so poignant that the money raised for this equipment was raised by Christopher & Steven’s childhood friends. Brothers Ali Wallace (on the right) Patrick Wallace and Ross Somerville ran the The Edinburgh Marathon in May over coming some fitness and illness issues in order to cross the finishing line after months of grueling training. While myself and Christopher’s Dad, David, threw caution to the wind and abseiled down the Forth Rail Bridge to top up the funding required.[July 2018].

Debbie Coutts, Jodie Noble, Corinne Wardrop, Emma Chambers, Lesley Spence and Ali Wallace 
(c) David Wardle

16th Vein Finder: St John’s Hospital, Livingston – Ward 21

We have donated our first vein finder into St John’s Hospital, Livingston, this was received with great interest by various staff members from nursing staff & junior doctors to senior consultants who had never seen anything like it before. We were able to make this donation with the support of two local business men – Gordon Bow from Gordon Bow Plant Hire  who met Cookie while undergoing treatment at the Western General Hospital, & Stewart Melrose former director of Scotwaste Recycling Bathgate, Stewart and his son, Seb Melrose took part in The Forth Rail Bridge Abseil fundraiser in June.
Stewart requested that we placed this vein finder into Ward 21 after his own experiences from giving bloods after contracting Sepsis last year- thus showing that our ethos of money raised from a local area is spent in that area.
Thanks to David Wardle Photography



Maggies Young Person Group

The Cookie Jar are delighted to announce that due to all your fundraising efforts we have been able to fund the Young Persons Group at Maggies Cancer Centre at the Western General Hospital.

This is a project which is very close to our hearts. The Maggies Young Persons Group provide teenagers and young people who have cancer to come together and either share their experiences or simply to take comfort from the fact that someone they are talking to understands what they are going through. Whether it be bowling, the cinema or simply tucking into some chicken at Nandos these nights provide substantial mental support for young people with cancer. We are delighted to be able to team up with the wonderful charity that is Maggies to make sure this project is funded for another year.

Thank you to everyone who raised the money to fulfil this project.

Holistic Therapies

We have been in touch with the The Complementary Therapy Service at the Western General in Edinburgh, to offer them funding to help them provide such an important service to Cancer patients and their families, we will be announcing our proposals to help in the next few weeks. Please come back soon to find out our plans….

This was a project that Cookie said he would fund by himself once he got better. We are here to ensure that his wishes and sprit are fulfilled. Thanks for all your help!