Rural Charity celebrates fundraising success

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of United Auctions, who is an RSABI trustee, receiving a cheque from Linda Tinson, Director of rural business for event headline sponsor Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors flanked by other key sponsors of the event. The cheque represents all funds raised to date by the teams.
David Leggat, Executive Chairman of United Auctions, who is an RSABI trustee, receiving a cheque from Linda Tinson, Director of rural business for event headline sponsor Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors flanked by other key sponsors of the event. The cheque represents all funds raised to date by the teams.

RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2016 has raised over £50,000 for Scotland’s rural workforce.

Scotland’s rural charity, RSABI is celebrating following confirmation that its Great Glen Challenge event, held at the end of August, has raised £50,146, thus exceeding its fundraising target once again.

The popular event has raised over £178,000 in total since it was established in 2012, with support from 328 rural competitors representing 83 company teams in total.

This year’s Great Glen Challenge event, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, saw 92 competitors cycle, kayak, walk and run 46km from Fort Augustus to Fort William on 26th August. The Challenge was strongly supported by 23 teams of four people from across a wide spectrum of agricultural and other land-based businesses and organisations.

Watson Seeds from East Lothian were crowned winners with two teams from CKD Galbraith following closely behind in second and third position.

With £50,146 raised to date, these funds will help RSABI provide financial assistance and support to people struggling to cope from agricultural and other land-based industrial backgrounds throughout Scotland. RSABI currently helps over 900 people across Scotland at an annual cost of around £600,000.

RSABI’s Paul Tinson said: “We are once again delighted with the total amount raised, and my colleagues and I thank all those who took part in Great Glen Challenge 2016, our headline sponsors, Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, our partner organisations, volunteer stewards and the hundreds of people who have donated so generously up and down the country to our current Fundraising Campaign – Help us help them, aiming to raise £150,000 by next Spring.

“As everyone knows, we are helping an ever increasing number of people throughout Scotland’s rural sector who continue to face widespread challenges. If you, or someone you know is not coping, RSABI urges you to call 0300 111 4166, alternatively please do call the number to donate to the Campaign and become a supporter.”

Johnny Watson pledged his support for RSABI’s event by entering for a second year in a row and was rewarded with a winning team trophy! He said:

“We at Watson Seeds were very surprised and delighted to win this year. A huge effort was made by all involved and the success of the event as a fundraiser for RSABI goes from strength-to-strength. We encourage everyone to consider putting a team forward for the next Challenge event in support of such a worthy cause.”