How we change lives Our news Cornerstone launches 40th birthday fundraiser Cornerstone is calling on the local community to get behind its newest initiative to celebrate its 40th birthday. Cornerstone supports over 3,000 people with disabilities and other long-term health conditions across Scotland. During the last 40 years Cornerstone has been a pioneer; changing the face of the care sector through adopting and promoting a person-centred approach whilst also championing the belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to play an active part in their own community. The charity was founded in February of 1980 but due to COVID-19 hasn’t been able to celebrate its birthday with the people that it supports, due to lockdown measures. As a result, the charity is asking members of the local community to join them in the last month of their fortieth year to take part in their ‘40 Miles for 40 years of Care’ fundraiser. Participants are challenged to run, walk, cycle or even spacehop 40 miles in their local area during the month of February and raise £100 each for Cornerstone. As a social care charity Cornerstone has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Sadly, a number of services have had to close and there is increased pressure being felt by carers and family members across the country. The prospect of further austerity measures presents real, quality of life challenges to the people we support, coupled with a linked increase in feelings of loneliness and isolation. Support from the local community would help keep the people the charity supports connected to the people, hobbies and interests that they care about during lockdown, and beyond. Louise Baxter, founding trustee and wife of Cornerstone’s late Founder Nick Baxter said: “Every year, since 1980, has been a milestone in Cornerstone’s journey, taking the charity from nothing to supporting 3,000 people with disabilities across Scotland. Your challenge whether it’s walking, cycling or running helps to ensure Cornerstone will be there for the next 40 years. Every single pound that you raise will be expressed in Cornerstone’s work to promote human dignity, lust for life, enjoyment and a better quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.” Participants will be given online support from the Cornerstone fundraising team including a social media template where they can share posts and graphics as well as a Birthday Wish with the Cornerstone team, and the people that they support.