Cash from High­land cow show

Help for pal­lia­tive care

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More than 400 peo­ple, in­clud­ing lo­cal MSP John Swin­ney, at­tended a gath­er­ing of Scot­land’s finest pedi­gree High­land cat­tle at Balnabroich Farm in Kirk­michael ear­lier this month.

And the event, which was the first of its kind to be held at Balnabroich, brought to­gether eigh­teen breed­ers and more than fifty cat­tle, rais­ing in ex­cess of £50,000 for Scot­tish char­ity PATCH.

The event was or­gan­ised by Sir Michael and Lady Sally Nairn as a fund and aware­ness raiser for the pal­lia­tive care char­ity PATCH, Pal­li­a­tion and The Caring Hospi­tal, of which Sir Michael is chair.

PATCH was set up in 2013, and is the first char­ity specif­i­cally to sup­port round-the-clock spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care for pa­tients in Scot­tish hos­pi­tals.

Sir Michael com­mented: “Sally and I were de­lighted to see all the ef­fort in or­gan­is­ing this event come to fruition with a day that seemed to be thor­oughly en­joyed by all - even by those who didn’t win a prize!

“We were par­tic­u­larly heart­ened by the in­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity not only of those who came along, but also of those who chose to do­nate to PATCH as part of this event.

“We have raised in ex­cess of £50,000 in one week­end and that is truly be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions. We are de­lighted.

“The work PATCH does will be greatly en­hanced by not only this in­crease in funds, but also an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness and gen­er­ate more sup­port­ers.

“Know­ing that 55 per­cent of peo­ple are des­tined to die in hospi­tal yet few hos­pi­tals have des­ig­nated staff who are well-trained and ex­pe­ri­enced in pal­lia­tive care is a sit­u­a­tion PATCH is work­ing hard to al­le­vi­ate.

“To pa­tients who are suf­fer­ing or in pain, and also those and their fam­i­lies who need some relief of anx­i­ety or dis­tress as they ap­proach the end of their lives, spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care can make all the dif­fer­ence whether in hospi­tal or mak­ing it pos­si­ble for peo­ple to die peace­fully in their own homes.”

Suc­cess Dr Pam Le­vack and Donald McNaughton with his win­ning High­land cow

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