Aug 182015

RSABI, the rural charity behind the annual Great Glen Challenge, is calling on the country’s rural sector to donate generously to this year’s participants as they prepare for the 70km race on Friday 28 August.

The event, which for the first time this year has attracted a full quota of 100 participants from 25 rural businesses and organisations – including Dunbar based Watson’s Seeds – has already raised tens of thousands of pounds since it was established in 2012, and RSABI is urging people to be generous and help break the £50,000 barrier for the event this year alone.

All funds raised are crucial to help RSABI support more people in need throughout rural Scotland in these testing times.

The RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2015 is sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, with support from partners NFUS, Royal Bank of Scotland, CKD Galbraith, Bank of Scotland and media sponsor, The Scottish Farmer, which all enter teams. Competitors will cycle, kayak, walk and run down the Great Glen from Invermoriston to Neptune’s Staircase; teams are also vying with each other to raise the greatest amount of money.

RSABI event director, Paul Tinson said:

“The fact that this year’s Great Glen Challenge has reached its competitor target of 100 participants is tremendous news and should help the event raise more money than ever for RSABI.

“Scotland has a tightly knit rural population and because this year’s teams represent a wide range of land-based professions, most people will know or have links to someone taking part. We all need support from time to time or know someone who does, and it is this interdependence which underlines how important it is that so many people in the rural community help each other when times are tough.

“Thankfully, that doesn’t mean we all have to compete in the Glen – instead, folk can demonstrate their own generosity by donating to their favourite team now or directly to RSABI Great Glen Challenge online at: Alternatively, you can call the event hotline on 0300 111 4166 to donate.

Jane Ritchie, Head of Marketing at CKD Galbraith, which has entered three teams for this year’s Challenge said:

“This is the second year CKD Galbraith has taken part in the Challenge, which is again clearly creating some healthy in-house competition between the teams, motivating them to train hard and create some fun events, not to mention baking challenges along the way to help them meet their fundraising targets.

“We are delighted to continue our support of the Great Glen Challenge and hope to raise as much money as possible to support RSABI and ensure its vital work continues.”

Jul 282015

Local support helps raise funds to help save lives at sea.

A week of events organised by the North Berwick and Gullane fundraising branch of the RNLI and the volunteer crew received tremendous support from local businesses as well as members of the public.

RNLI Ducks at North Berwick

RNLI Ducks at North Berwick

On Sunday (19th) 500 RNLI ducks were released into the old boating pond in North Berwick. After a windblown race a winner was chosen and one lucky person won £100, and the even raised over £900 for the RNLI.

On Thursday (23rd) twenty three teams of Golfers took to Gullane golf courses’ numbers two and three for the annual RNLI Gullane Golf Triam together raising over £1600.

And on Saturday (25th) the Lifeboat crew held their annual lifeboat fete raising over £2000. A parade of emergency services and classic cars lead by North Berwick Pipe band through the high street kicked things off.

The Fete was opened by Sir Hew Dalrymple and the Lifeboat Queen Katie Johnston and her attendants Amy Watson and Amy Cockburn were crowned by Helen Hanson trustee of the Miss Evelyn M Murdoch Charitable Trust. Local business contributed prizes for the raffle or brought their own stall along. Thousands of fete goers passed through and were treated to aerobatics displays and a flyby from the Red Arrows.

The crew were called away from clearing up after the fete as their pagers were set off by the Coastguard. The volunteer crew launched to assist Dunbar Lifeboat towing a fishing vessel with a fowled propeller into North Berwick. The tow was transferred to North Berwick lifeboat and the casualty vessel secured alongside so that the propeller could be freed and the vessel continue on their way.

Chairman of the North Berwick and Gullan Fundraising branch, Peter Hammond said: “The generosity shown by members of the local community was as usual second to none and we can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. No matter how big or small, your donation can make a huge difference to the RNLI.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Stewart Auld said: “Local support for the RNLI is vital to enable the crew here in North Berwick to continue to launch to those in difficulty at sea.” Funds are used to ensure the correct equipment is on station (the cost of a crewmembers kit in 2014 was £1678) and to fund training new and existing crewmembers (annual cost of £1527).

Apr 082015

Looking for a great night out in support of a worthy cause? Eskmills Venue is hosting a Cancer Research charity fundraiser on Saturday 16th May, from 7:30 pm – 01:00 am.  They have 50 tickets available on a first come first served basis for only £10 each – buffet included!  The event also includes a DJ, karaoke, auctions and prizes.

Don’t delay – to get your tickets for ‘Cancer Research: fight for the cure! Fundraising Night’, please contact Dawn / 0131 273 5243