Sandpiper benefits from brilliant Bowfest!

Last month The Sandpiper Trust was delighted to take a stand at the Best of the West Festival, affectionately known as Bowfest. Bowfest is an ‘end of season’ showcase held annually in the grounds of Inveraray Castle. The Festival is a two-day celebration of local food, drink and music that shines a light on Argyll while entertaining thousands.

Given our west coast network of dedicated responders, Bowfest provided the perfect ground for spreading the word about what the Sandpiper Trust & Basics contribute to this part of Scotland. We were right at home surrounded by other companies and organisations who are equally dedicated to serving this beautiful area and its communities.

We were extremely fortunate that Tom Hanson very kindly volunteered to man the stand for us and was also well supported by Basics Doctors from the surrounding area including Dr Peter Von Kaehne (Lochgoilhead), Dr Alida MacGregor (Tighnabruaich) and Dr Angela Mosley (Dunoon). Tom’s support runs in the family as his son Dr Donald Hanson was a Basics responder in Aberdeen until he emigrated.

We were also joined by a very special guest and were delighted to welcome Rebecca McRaild, whose child’s life was saved by Peter Von Kaehne to our stand.

Bowfest was an extremely successful weekend, not only in terms of raising awareness of what we do, but also in raising funds.

In addition, The Duchess of Argyll was extremely supportive and very interested in the work of both organisations.

Thanks very much to Tom for his support and to Bowfest for inviting us to be part of a fantastic event.

Further event info can be found here.

Rebecca McRaild, mother of the infant saved by Peter Von Kaehne

Dr Peter Von Kaehne and Dr Alida MacGregor

Dr Angela Mosley