Farm­ers’club sup­port

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Avon­dale Young Farm­ers are con­tin­u­ing to show their sup­port for men­tal health by an­nounc­ing a new char­ity part­ner.

The group will be fundrais­ing for the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Men­tal Health (SAMH) in the new year af­ter rak­ing in hun­dreds of pounds for men­tal health char­ity, the Trust Jack Foun­da­tion.

Through var­i­ous fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the year, the young farm­ers raised a to­tal of £1695 which will be split be­tween Trust Jack and the Royal High­land Ed­u­ca­tion Trust.

The Royal High­land Ed­u­ca­tion Trust works with vol­un­teers to pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties linked to the Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence.

Stone­house-based char­ity Trust Jack sup­ports chil­dren and young peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing from a men­tal ill­ness.

It was set up in mem­ory of Jack Hastie, an Avon­dale Young Farm­ers Club mem­ber, who suf­fered from ado­les­cent de­pres­sion and trag­i­cally passed away.

Avon­dale Young Farm­ers as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Caroline Hamil­ton told the News poor men­tal health is a big is­sue in the farm­ing com­mu­nity.

“Quite a lot of peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties strug­gle with men­tal health so that’s our rea­son­ing be­hind the char­i­ties we have cho­sen to sup­port,” she said.

The club are now look­ing for­ward to coin­ing in more cash for their causes at their yearly va­ri­ety con­cert in Jan­uary.

The en­ter­tain­ment show­case takes place in the Vil­lage The­atre from Jan­uary 23 to Jan­uary 26, 2019.

Ten mem­bers will also be putting their best feet for­ward in the Ed­in­burgh Kilt­walk this Sun­day.

Funds raised will be split be­tween SAMH and The Haven Cen­tre.

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