Fundraising

Fundraising

In response to the appeal by the Prince of Wales and Queen Alexandra, a Stirlingshire County Fund was raised in connection with the war. This was only one of many fundraising drives.

The Red Cross launched appeals for money to equip hospitals and local organisations rallied with collections to send aid to the people of Belgium. The Falkirk and District Choral Union raised a great deal of money through donating the proceeds of concerts and by holding events such as the "Belgian Toffee Day". The society asked that people make toffee to the recipe published in the Falkirk Herald, and donate it to be sold to raise money for the Belgian Relief Fund.

Gifts in kind were also encouraged - handkerchiefs, boot laces, newspapers and periodicals, chocolate, peppermints, dried fruits, briar pipes, tobacco pouches, tobacco, cigarettes, cigarette papers, cigarette tobacco, small tins boracic ointment or vaseline for sore feet, antiseptic powder, pocket knives, postcards, lead pencils. Any of these were gladly received by the Red Cross Society at, for example, Southwood, Stirling, and forwarded to the proper authorities.

In 1918 for War Weapons Week in April, a tank toured the County to raise funds. In Falkirk, the tank, which was named "The Bairn", was a full sized model built on the chassis of a fire engine, by workers of R and A Main of Camelon.

"Julian" the Tank visited Stirling and raised £54,000 when a special effort was made in the town and district in connection with the sale of Bonds and Certificates. "Julian” arrived from Callander and at nine o’clock left the Railway Station where it had been located overnight. Twelve men of the Highland Light Infantry from Cornton Camp, under Sergeant West, formed a Guard of Honour, and the procession was headed by a number of Special Constables. In the Station Road a large crowd welcomed "Julian", which swung into Murray Place and Port Street. On reaching the top of the Craigs the Tank turned into Dumbarton Road, and entering the Com Exchange Road, took up its stance.

A Tank Bank Poster
Falkirk Bairn tank used for fundraising.