Cat­tle gath­er­ing raises £50k

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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