Dalkeith Country Park announces their new charity partnership

Monday January 31st 2022

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

From January 2022, Dalkeith Country Park, including Restoration Yard, is embarking on a new two-year charity partnership with secondary breast cancer charity Make Seconds Count’s Karen Henderson Legacy Fund.

The Dalkeith Country Park team, including Restoration Yard, have just announced its fundraising total for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is an impressive £16,850.26.

The Park’s charity partnership with CHAS started in May 2019 with the aim raising significant funds for children with life limiting conditions through a series of events and donations from across the business. The partnership was originally to last one full year but due to the impact of the pandemic it was extended to complete at the beginning of January 2022.

Throughout the partnership, funds were raised by visitors to Dalkeith Country Park at a variety of events including Spectacle of Light, the Santa Fun Run and art exhibitions. At Restoration Yard donations were made from The Store’s bag sales and donations from specific dishes on the menu in The Kitchen restaurant.

Chief Executive of CHAS, Rami Okasha said: “I am so thrilled to hear the amazing amount of £16,850.26 raised by Dalkeith Country Park since start of our charity partnership in May 2019.

“Dalkeith Country Park has raised more than we could have imagined through a series of exciting events such as the hugely popular Spectacle of Light as well as generous donations from across the business, including Restoration Yard. The families we support have faced many challenges since the start of the pandemic and it’s imperative that CHAS continues to be there to support them in this very uncertain climate in hospice, home and hospital. It is thanks to the help of Dalkeith Country Park and all of our other partners and supporters that we are able to keep the joy alive for so many children and their families across the whole of Scotland.”

Karen Henderson, who passed away from secondary breast cancer in 2021, was a, much-loved, regular visitor to Dalkeith Country Park and Restoration Yard. Her family set up the Karen Henderson Legacy Fund in her memory.

Stephen Begg, operations manager at Dalkeith Country Park, says: “Everyone at Dalkeith Country Park and Restoration Yard is ecstatic to have raised such an impressive amount for CHAS during our partnership. It’s been wonderful working with the CHAS team and gaining insight into the amazing work they do. We’ve also enjoyed being able to bring a little bit of joy to CHAS families directly through visits to events like Spectacle of Light.

“We are looking forward to bringing the same passion and enthusiasm to our new charity partnership with the Karen Henderson Legacy at Make Seconds Count. Karen was known well by all of us and is hugely missed.”

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