Staff from Glenogil Estate decided to host a charity clay shoot in aid of Tayside Children’s Hospital after Head Gamekeeper Danny Lawson’s son received unforgettable support from ward staff.

The estate, which is a member of Angus Glens Moorland Group, also donated proceeds from a second charity clay shoot and raffle to Aberuthven-based charity, The Sandpiper Trust.

The Trust, which helps save lives in rural areas, was founded by the family of Sandy Dickson (14) who died in 2000 following a drowning accident which emergency services could not reach in time.

Gamekeepers learned of the work of the charity, in providing lifeline medical equipment, through a House Manager on the estate.

Handing over cheques to both groups at Ninewells Hospital last week, Glenogil Estate Head Gamekeeper Danny Lawson said: “When my son, Rex, was born he had to be taken to the High Dependency Unit because he was starved of oxygen for a short time during labour. It was quite terrifying for my partner Clare and I as Rex was our firstborn, but the staff made us feel at ease. It was like a team effort and we wanted to put something back by supporting their work.

“The Sandpiper Trust also do great work in remote areas and if this money helps to save a life, that is great. The staff really appreciate the role our estate owner has played by hosting these charity events.”

Receiving a cheque for £1626 on behalf of Tayside Children’s Ward, charge nurse Sam Russell said the proceeds would go into the patient comfort fund to buy new indoor and outdoor equipment as well as purchasing distraction tools to help children during therapy.

On collecting £2300 on behalf of The Sandpiper Trust, Manager Jayne Price, said: “This really kind and unexpected donation will go towards providing our Sandpiper medical bags for applicants that meet our support criteria in rural locations. The Trust really appreciates the support of Glenogil Estate and Angus Glens Moorland Group.

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