Cattle gathering raises £50k
More than 400 people attended a gathering of Scotland’s finest pedigree Highland Cattle in Strathardle on Saturday.
The event which was the first of its kind to be held at Balnabroich Farm, near Kirkmichael, brought together 18 breeders and over 50 cattle, raising in excess of £50,000 for Scottish charity PATCH.
The event, which was also attended by local MSP John Swinney, was organised by Sir Michael and Lady Sally Nairn as a fund and awareness raiser for the palliative care charity PATCH, of which Sir Michael is chair.
Sir Michael said: “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
John Swinney MSP, PATCH medical director Dr Pamela Levack and Sir Michael Nairn have designated staff who are well trained and experienced in palliative care is a situation PATCH is working hard to alleviate.
“Specialist palliative care can make all the difference whether in hospital or making it possible for people to die peacefully in their own homes.”