Help for Heroes partnership with Galloway Country Fair 2014

29th July, 2014

Organisers of this year’s upcoming Galloway Country Fair (16 and 17 August) have confirmed Help for Heroes (H4H) as the Charity of the year, marking the first time the annual show has established an Official Charity partnership since it began 13 years ago.

The team at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, who have hosted the event since 2011, nominated the charity which offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. In Scotland, H4H have been able to offer support to charities including HorseBack UK, Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA) and Wings for Warriors, as well as individuals like Don Maclean, originally from Glasgow, who was injured in April 2011 when he stood on an IED in Afghanistan.

To aid his recovery, H4H have given Don opportunities to take cycling, his lifelong hobby, to the next level. After taking on the world’s toughest cycling event, Race Across America, Don has now completed a number of bike technician’s courses and is setting up his own business. “It’s a dream come true for me to have all of these incredible opportunities – and a lot of that is down to Help for Heroes.”

To celebrate the partnership with Help for Heroes, a team of cadets will be attending the Galloway Country Fair to raise funds. They will be selling the show programmes and 20 per cent of all the takings will go directly to the charity.

The Galloway Country Fair team will also be testing the strength of the cadets during the Fair through a tug o’ war competition to raise awareness of their presence throughout the weekend.

Last year, Galloway Country Fair welcomed nearly 20,000 visitors over the two day show with this year expected to the biggest and best yet.

Mark Coombs, Estate Manager for Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “We are thrilled to bring a charity element to the Galloway Country Fair. Most of us know someone who has served in the armed forces so it is great we are able to welcome and support the team to the event and help raise some money for Help for Heroes.

“We are always considering ways to develop the Fair year-on-year so introducing a formal partnership seemed like a very positive step to make. We look forward to welcoming the charity ambassadors throughout the weekend.”

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes: “H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and this event is a wonderful example of people having a good idea and rallying support while raising money for a wonderful cause. It is thanks to the generous public and support from events like the Galloway County Fair that we have been able to achieve so much in a short time, but the soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support in the future. They are still battling and we won’t let them battle alone.

“The recent anniversary events for WW1 and D-Day reminded us how important this is and the shared respect between the veterans of all generations. Our aim is to ensure the Recovery Centres are here for all who need them for a lifetime’s support. That’s a big commitment and we are counting on our friends’ on-going help to deliver on this promise.

Thank you to the organisers and to everyone attending for your support and we hope you have a wonderful day.”

The annual fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 August, from 9am-6pm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £5 for ages 5-16, £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass. Under-fives go free. Anyone buying tickets online will enjoy a 25 per cent discount if purchased through the website before 1 August.