Category Archives: News

The Lanrick Challenge in aid of The Sandpiper Trust and Help our Wounded Royal Marines and Supporting Arms

On the 19th July Lanrick Estate will host a 12k and 6k challenge.  This will be held through the woods, along the river banks and finally up the hill with views of Ben Ledi, decending back to the river where you will wade across to the otherside for more adventure.  For more information go to

Book Now for An Evening with The Sandpiper Trust

This is an evening to remember.  The date Friday 13th June,  Dunecht House, Aberdeen. See link below or phone Claire Maitland for further enquiries .  Tel 01330844606


Sandpiper Ball – Edinburgh

On the 7th February, in the George Hotel in Edinburgh , students danced the night away .  The event was organised by Anna Maitland.  The ballroom was packed with university students taking a break from their final year . Gavin Hastings presided over the auction  and the students rose to the occasion with their generosity .  Prior to the auction Dr Richard Lyons gave a Read More →


Defibrillator donated to United Auctions, Stirling Mart

The Sandpiper Trust are pleased to donate a defibrillator to United Auctions, Stirling Mart.  A training session was arranged by Basics Scotland and employees  from the mart were invited to attend as well as others from The Highland Cattle Ass. and Ledering Chalmers.  It is hoped to arrange another training session later in the year.

West Perthshire Ponyclub present bag to GP

The West Perthshire Pony Club have always been big supporters of the Sandpiper Trust. Three members took time, away from their pony duties , to present a Sandpiper Bag to Dr Neil Wilson from Stirling. Dr Wilson has moved to this area from Wick where he  learnt about Basics Scotland and the work of  the trust.  He  was extremely grateful for the donation of the Read More →

Gillian’s Story

This video tells the incredible story of Gillian McKenzie who at the age of 42 collapsed in her driveway from a cardiac arrest and was brought back to life with the quick actions of her 6 year old son Struan, neighbour Jackie, passer-by Craig and Sandpiper equipped GP’s Dr. Kris McLaughlin and  Dr. Stuart Reary from the nearby medical practice. The story is told by Read More →

Happy New Year 2014

A welcomed message from our Patron, Gavin Hastings, May I start by wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2014 and after the last couple of weeks of partying I think it is now the right time to reflect on the work that Sandpiper continues to do across rural Scotland. As Patron I am enormously proud and grateful to the BASICS-Sandpiper responders working alongside the emergency Read More →

Unst Surgery staff walk the length of Shetland.

The staff at our surgery walked from one end of Shetland to the other, a total of 85 miles over 3 days in September. The weather on day one was horrendous with thick mist and torrential rain. People really supported us though by providing us with cups of tea and warm towels. We even stopped for what we thought was going to be a cuppa and a bacon Read More →


Sandpiper colourful beanies prove popular

Visit our merchandise page to purchase one or more of our colourful and very cosey beanies at a reasonable cost of £9.00.    We also have a new line in fleeces.

Aboyne hospital nursing staff get ready for winter

Sandpiper beanies prove popular

Aboyne Hospital staff have recently taken part in a pedometer challenge as part of a healthy working lives initiative. Matt Don, senior charge nurse presented the winning team with one of our new Sandpiper beanies.