Easter Ross Farmers Club has presented a cheque for £1,500 to Highland Hospice, as a result of a Raffle and Auction held at their Annual General Meeting held in the Royal Hotel Tain on Thursday 6th February, 2014.
The Club, which has been in existence for 202 years, organised the event with the support of several local businesses and individuals. Thirty prizes were contributed – with everything from sacks of potatoes, vouchers for ANTA at Fearn, bottles of Whisky and wine; to jackets, Nitrogen analysis of a field, contracting services, legs of lamb and sides of beef.
The Clydesdale Bank in Dingwall, employers of Club Treasurer Allan MacLennan who is the Bank Manager, will match fund the total raised from the event so that Highland Hospice will end up receiving an incredible £3000. Through Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ fundraising partnership with Help the Hospices, Highland Hospice has benefited from support of more than £53,000 over the past six years.
James Gordon, Chairman of Easter Ross Farmers Club, said \"Having had my mother and mother in law in the Highland Hospice it was great to be able to return a thank you for all the help they gave them.
“The care was incredible and it made visiting so much easier. The Hospice is a wonderful place with incredible people who work there. The Easter Ross Farmers Club will hopefully have helped to make a difference to the Hospice with our fundraising along with matched funds from the Clydesdale Bank.\"
Club Treasurer Allan MacLennan commented, \"When I raised the idea we thought we might raise a small amount for the Hospice, but we had an overwhelming response from our members and our sponsors with an astonishing £1500 being raised on the night.
“In particular I would like to thank the local distilleries in Tain and Invergordon which donated special bottles of whisky for auction on the night.\"
Highland Hospice Fundraiser Carola Highet who accepted the cheque from the Club said, “On behalf of everyone at Highland Hospice I would like to thank the Easter Ross Farmers Club for the incredible amount they raised through this raffle and auction. These funds will really help us to care for our patients and their families, and we are truly grateful to everyone who helped them to reach this total.”