Exciting news... I got another grant today for £300! I'm very happy about that, so thanks very much to the generous trust who sent it.
I've had lots of lovely replies from the family and friends I have emailed, all agreeing to fill up a smartie tube with £1 coins if I send one. Now the only challenge is to work out the best way to send the smartie tubes- they'll have to go as a package which is very expensive. My plan is to empty the tube and flatten it, so that it can be reassembled when it arrives; might even include the smarties lying flat in a plastic bag for the sweet-toothed people among us!
Still waiting to hear back about the ceilidh, but hopefully we'll get news soon.