The event was organised by local RHET committee members, Sara Barbour, Emily McBride and Abby Forsyth, along with local D&G RHET project Co-ordinator Tracy Martin. Turcan Connell and Savills jointly sponsored the ball for the third time.
Buccleuch donated an auction prize, the proceeds of which added to the fundraising total of £45,514. The RHET committee are delighted that this figure allows them to purchase a Countryside Classroom on Wheels (or a C-COW, as it’s alternatively named), something they have been striving for, for years. Tracy Martin, RHET Project Coordinator says “this will allow RHET D&G to engage with pupils across the region, and really ‘bring the countryside to the classroom’ for all. We hope to give pupils and staff a taste of what we can do out on-farm, by bringing them livestock to explore, and facilitating outdoor learning activities for children to enjoy, on their doorstep. We hope that this resource will allow us to raise awareness of what RHET D&G offer, as well as sparking an interest in the wider world of food production, agriculture, and the working countryside”.
Buccleuch look forward to welcoming RHET to future events on the Queensberry Estate.
Further information on the C-COW can be requested from Tracy Martin of RHET (email@example.com)