Local solicitors’ firm walks the length of Britain – virtually

Tayside solicitors and estate agents firm Miller Hendry spent the month of September walking the length of Britain… virtually, that is.

Teams from Miller Hendry’s offices in Crieff and Dundee walked more than 900 miles – the same distance as John O’Groats to Land’s End – as part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Virtual Challenge, which ran throughout the month of September. Money raised through sponsorship will go towards the Foundation and its programme of funding children’s hospitals in Tayside, Aberdeen and Inverness.

With Fitbits and pedometers at the ready, the two Miller Hendry teams of five amped up the challenge by competing against each other. The first team to complete the 962 miles – or 1,924,000 steps – was the Crieff team, which passed the milestone on Saturday September 24th raising £464.54. The Dundee team completed the distance on September 25th and raised £966.62.

One hundred and seventy-six teams entered the Virtual Challenge and more than £30,000 has been raised so far. Miller Hendry’s teams finished 8th and 9th respectively.

With three offices in Dundee, Perth and Crieff, Miller Hendry prides itself on its charity and community initiatives. Julie Darroch, associate with Miller Hendry’s Crieff office, said the Virtual Challenge was a way to not only raise funds for something local, but also to involve employees of all ages and abilities.

“Miller Hendry is always looking for ways to support local charities and the fact that The ARCHIE Foundation raises money locally for Tayside Children’s Hospital was a plus. But we were also looking for something we could get people of all ages and abilities involved in. You didn’t have to be able to go up a craggy cliff, you could do it while walking to work and around the office.

“Nobody stood still at Miller Hendry this month, especially with the challenge laid down to the two offices. A bit of healthy competition spurred us on to clock up even more miles.”

Sick children’s charity The Archie Foundation provides equipment, staff training and family support for in the north of Scotland.

For more information on Miller Hendry and its legal services visit www.millerhendrysolicitors.co.uk

Scots Wha Hae – whisky welcome is world-wide wonder

A video created by The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has gone viral on social media with followers across the globe requesting a similar welcome, as well as sharing their intended travel dates and times, for when they are set to visit Scotland next.

The video features former Red Hot Chilli Pipers frontman, Stuart Cassells, now general manager of The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, accompanied by current Chill Piper, Dougie McCance. The two are filmed greeting travelers at Edinburgh Airport, piping them to an awaiting taxi, then entertaining them with whisky tastings, shortbread and a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers’ “I would walk 500 Miles” before dropping them off at their final destination.

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Since being released on The Famous Grouse Experience’s facebook page on Friday, the video has clocked up over 57,000 views, reach over 180,000 people and been shared hundreds of times.

Kai Blakemore from Germany commented on the video:

“Please make me and my two friends a welcome like this. We’re traveling on the 13th of October from Germany and arriving at 12.55h at Edinburgh airport.”

Julia & Nikolas from Sweden were the first couple to get the #bestScottishwelcome, prompting staff at the airport to enquire if they were famous.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience commented:

“This month we’ve been celebrating our continued five-star accreditation from VisitScotland and we felt it was worth marking it with something a little different. Amazingly there’s nothing on the internet about the best Scottish welcome so we thought it was about time there was. We were delighted that Julia & Nikolas were up for the experience, and our second couple was Wilfred & Helga from Germany who had flown into Scotland to visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Hopefully we’ve helped make their visits, and those of the other couples we greeted on the day, to Scotland as memorable as a visit can be.”

The Crieff-based distillery and current reigning Visitor Experience of the Year with the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, The Famous Grouse Experience, has again been awarded five stars after a recent VisitScotland assessment which found Scotland’s oldest working distillery to be ‘exceptional’.

The five-star rating has been re-awarded after two years of investment at the traditional distillery, which prides itself on being the only place in Scotland to still produce malt whisky using the traditional hand mashing process. In 2014, a £250,000 refurbishment of key visitor areas was given the Royal seal of approval after it was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In early 2015, The Famous Grouse Experience achieved its prestigious WorldHost status, a globally recognised training programme for outstanding customer service.

Stuart commented:

“As one of the closest distilleries to Edinburgh, and the most visited distillery in Scotland, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret in Crieff is a popular destination for travelers to the city and we hope that we have shown them today that Scotland loves them and they are most welcome.”

For more information on The Famous Grouse Experience visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

MDG Appoints a New Director

MDG Group, one of Scotland’s leading business cost consultancies, has appointed Annette Welch as a Director of the firm ahead of a planned expansion to new offices in the city next month.

Annette, who joined the company in 2013 in a business development role, has been instrumental in driving the growth of the firm from just five people in 2013 to a team of ten in 2016. Later this year the business is set to imminently move to new premises within Perth and has further plans to expand in 2017.

Prior to joining MDG in 2013, Annette enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical sales and, latterly, the energy industry. Originally from Northern Ireland, Annette has been settled in Scotland since she first came to study at Dundee University in the late 1980s.

Douglas Reid, Managing Director at MDG Group, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Annette to the board of directors of the company as we enter an exciting new phase in our growth. She brings with her an exceptional heritage of corporate experience as well as a passion for working with MDG Group’s customers to help them improve their bottom lines. Her commitment to customer satisfaction was instrumental in helping achieve the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Award for Customer Service last year and I am looking forward to working with her to take MDG Group forward and extend our reach to businesses across Scotland.”

Based in Perth, MDG Group specialises in business cost and energy consultancy, obtaining exclusive rates for business energy, water and telecoms contracts – in some cases saving their customers tens of thousands of pounds every year.

Established in 1998, they offer businesses a free, no obligation review of their supply contracts and their only income is from commissions earned from savings their customers make. Put simply, their growth is driven solely by their ability to save hundreds of businesses thousands of pounds every year.

Annette commented:

“MDG Group are a business that has its clients’ interests truly at the heart of what they do and that’s something I love about working with the company. Over the years we have saved business customers thousands of pounds on the electricity, gas, telecoms and broadband. These can be things that are often brushed aside in business, but they can make a tangible difference to the bottom line, in some cases even saving a company from eventual ruin. That’s a worthy line of work to be in. I’m looking forward to working with Douglas and the team to continue to build MDG Group across Scotland.”

 

For more information on MDG Group visit www.mdggroup.co.uk

Enchanted Forest celebrates a shimmering 15th show

The 15th annual Enchanted Forest launched tonight in a shimmer of light, original music and some of the country’s top creative talent.

A select audience of press and VIPs gathered in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry for the opening of what is now a must-see on the UK’s tourist calendar and a cultural and financial boost to the local Perthshire community.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, switched on the lights for this year’s show, called SHIMMER. For The Enchanted Forest’s most ambitious display to date, organisers have not only lit up Faskally Wood but raised the creative bar with a show that provides fantastic light displays, original music and extra surround sound. Making a shimmering entrance this year will be a giant interactive puppet, a walk-through ‘wall’ of light and a stunning light show on the loch.

This year’s event, which runs from 29th September to Friday 30th October, is once more headed up by the multi-award-winning creative team of Derek Allan as producer and creative director, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition.

More than 65,000 tickets went on sale this year and organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust are reporting sold-out shows already, with an additional 3000 tickets going on sale to the public earlier this week to meet demand. Extended to a month-long run last year due to its popularity, The Enchanted Forest brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy every year. A special charity night takes place on Thursday 29th September, with a percentage of proceeds going to Kidney Kids Scotland, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation Scotland.

Ian Sim, acting chairman for The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating the fifteenth anniversary show of The Enchanted Forest and we’re particularly proud of all the work that’s gone into the SHIMMER show. The Enchanted Forest not only illuminates our Perthshire countryside every Autumn, it also lights up the local community. Monies raised by the show help a host of community projects and a dedicated charity evening raising money directly for well-deserved causes. And of course it’s a celebration of some of the cream of the crop in the U.K. arts world.”

Opening the show, Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance said:

“I’m delighted to be opening The Enchanted Forest in its 15th year and to see this award-winning show go from strength to strength. This is an event that is a great equaliser, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds from across Scotland and beyond, into the forests of Highland Perthshire.

“It’s incredible to think that it started as a three-night event with 1500 people and now attracts more than 60,000 visitors. In that time The Enchanted Forest has, remarkably, reinvented itself each year with a new theme. Yet it remains true to its original aims: of bringing people outside; celebrating the outdoors and the arts; and giving back to the community through the funding of valuable local projects.”

For more information and to book tickets visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

Auchterarder student’s art is the pick of the crop

Mhairi McWhinnie’s autumnal pumpkins take the top spot in the third instalment of Crieff Hydro’s local schools art competition.

The S1 student from the Community School of Auchterarder, has become the third winner of Crieff Hydro’s “By the locals, for the locals” mailer campaign which features school children’s artwork from across Strathearn throughout the year, with each flyer containing a range of exclusive offers and savings for Strathearn residents.

The 12-year-old’s artistic pastel pumpkins were picked from a crop of strong competition and will now front the flyer, which will be arriving through 12,000 local letterboxes this week.

Kirsty Laird from Crieff Hydro’s Marketing team, commented:

“We have been so impressed by the talent of local school pupils and level of artwork that has been produced. It was not an easy decision choosing the winner, but, in the end, Mhairi’s entry stood out as she beautifully captured the colours of the autumnal season, making it the perfect choice for this quarter’s flyer. We’d like to thank all the pupils at the Community School of Auchterarder who took the time to submit their fantastic entries.”

As well as seeing her cover design make its way through the letter boxes of thousands of homes in Perthshire, Mhairi also won a £50 gift voucher to spend at Crieff Hydro.

For more information visit www.hydrolocal.com

Scone Palace partners with Enchanted Forest creative team to launch ‘taster’ Halloween show

Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, has teamed up with the creative team behind the award-winning Enchanted Forest to create a spine-tingling sound and light show to celebrate Halloween. All Hallows’ Eve with the Spirits of Scone – Twilight Illuminations, is an atmospheric tour of the sound and music which will guide you around the Palace’s garden and graveyard. This will offer visitors a flavour of this new event which will grow to become a major part of their annual programme.


Running a series of free flowing tours for three nights from 5.00pm – 8.00pm on the 28th– 30th October, the illuminated sound and light show will stimulate the senses and encourage visitors, both young and old, to let their imagination run wild. The tour, which will be approximately 25 minutes long, is an interactive experience with the Spirits of Scone dressed in period costumes guiding visitors as they walk through the grounds and enter the Palace’s ancient graveyard. There are, of course, some other eerie, atmospheric surprises along the way…


The illuminated tour with the Spirits of Scone is an exciting collaboration for Scone Palace working closely with Derek Allan, Producer of the Enchanted Forest, which is launching its latest sound and light show, SHIMMER, in Pitlochry’s Faskally Wood this week.

The Palace is hoping this brand new taster event will attract many people to enjoy a truly unique Halloween experience in the grounds of one of Scotland’s most historic visitor attractions. Sarah Butler, Chief Executive of Scone Palace commented:

“At a particularly mystical time of year, we are delighted to be hosting a very special ambient sound and light show here in the grounds of Scone Palace. We hope many people will come and celebrate Halloween with us and enjoy exploring our gardens and graveyard on our Twilight Illuminations tour.

“It has been wonderful working closely with Derek and his talented creative team to come up with something that we are sure the many Spirits of Scone would be proud of! This year we are offering visitors a ‘taster’ and plan to grow this event in 2017 to produce an even bigger and better Halloween illuminated tour next year with even more thrills for visitors to experience.”

Derek Allan, Producer of All Hallows’ Eve with the Spirits of Scone, added:

“Scone Palace provides a spectacular backdrop for a gothic, other-worldly Halloween themed sound and light show. It has been great fun working with Palace team to come up with a unique, interactive and thought-provoking sound and light tour of which I am sure many, many people, from children to pensioners, will love.”

As it has a few scarier elements to the tour, All Hallows’ Eve with the Spirits of Scone – Twilight Illuminations is not suitable for children under 8 years old, but Scone Palace has ensured there is plenty for the younger children to enjoy during Halloween weekend. A packed Daytime Spooktacular calendar of events are planned on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October including ghoulish puppet shows, face-painting and a competitive fancy dress competition. Families with older children can stay on and enjoy one of the earlier tours which will run from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

A special Halloween menu will available in the Palace Coffee Shop from 4.00pm – 8.00pm to warm people up during the illuminated show with an array of devilish dishes to choose from, including pumpkin soup, ghoulish goulash and devil’s chocolate cake.

Admission to All Hallows’ Eve with the Spirits of Scone – Twilight Illuminations is free for Season Tickets holders, Adults – £6.70, Children – £4.80 and Families – £23.00. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For further information visit www.scone-palace.co.uk

Brangelina, Zoe, Johnny and Gwyneth: the divorce lessons to be learned

Celebrity divorces make titillating headlines, but look closer and they provide lessons, too, for couples headed for a divorce, say Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

The twists and turns of the Brangelina split, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s dramatic relationship meltdown, the reportedly ‘amicable’ end to Zoe Ball’s marriage, and the fascinating ‘conscious uncoupling’ of Gwyneth Paltrow and former husband Chris Martin, provide a few do’s and don’ts for anyone considering splitting up, says Richard Frenz of Miller Hendry.

Richard, Head of Court Department and a family law specialist, said:

“Everything is bigger in America and the world of celebrity, including divorce settlements and lawyers’ fees. But as rich and headline-hitting as Hollywood couples like Brad and Angelina are, they go through the same practical difficulties as the rest of us facing a marital breakdown. At the end of the day, it comes down to assets, children, and the willingness and cooperation – or not – of the parties involved.”

Here are Miller Hendry’s 4 celebrity-inspired divorce do’s and don’ts:

 1.              Simpler is better

On occasions, it can be difficult enough to disentangle personal assets on the break-up of a marriage. When personal assets are intertwined with business assets, as is the case with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and their combined properties, company interests and charities, there are even more difficulties. And that usually means more time, trouble and expense.

Accountants and tax advisors sometimes suggest involving your husband and wife in a business for possible tax benefits. The downside is that an asset which was not initially matrimonial becomes matrimonial, by virtue of some form of transfer by one to the other during the course of the marriage.

Disentangling joint business interests is likely to require not just a divorce lawyer but also a commercial lawyer or a conveyancer, an accountant, even a surveyor.

2.              Put the kids first – even if that’s times six

Both Brad and Angelina have stated that their six children come above all else as they face a complicated, possibly nasty, divorce. And while more kids don’t necessarily make for legal complexity (custody arrangements are usually worked out for all children, not individuals), it certainly means more complex childcare arrangements.

For Brad and Angelina this is a contentious issue, with Angelina reportedly seeking residence through the courts and offering Brad only contact. Miller Hendry’s advice is for couples to work out the childcare arrangements between themselves, or with the help of professionals. If appropriate, sit down with the kids and talk through the arrangements. Remember: no child likes a change in their routine, especially one imposed by a parent. And stability and routine is a good thing at a time when their parents are separating.

3.             Consider ‘conscious uncoupling’, the Gwyneth and Chris way

It may still be the butt of jokes, but actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her ex, musician Chris Martin, knew what they were doing when they ‘consciously uncoupled’. TV presenter Zoe Ball and her husband Norman Cook, who announced the end of their marriage over the weekend, look to be headed the same way. They say they are great friends and promise an ‘amicable split’. Doing it the friendly, respectful way is much the preferred option.

Couples should go to their solicitors in the first instance to get the basic legal framework for the impending separation or divorce. Solicitors will often advise parties to then go back and talk to each other to see how much they can agree on. A considered and agreed amicable settlement – in other words, the opposite of Johnny Depp’s and Amber Heard’s – is much better than one reached after a long period of negotiation or litigation, or one imposed by a judge.

4.           Live apart, but not too far apart

Unconventional living arrangements seem to be in vogue for celebs whose marriages are on the rocks, and that’s largely for the sake of the children. Think Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; he moved into a guest house on their property. Or Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton who called it quits two years ago; the actress and director have co-parented while living in two separate but adjoining houses in London. Zoe Ball and husband Norman Cook are said to want to continue living close to each other in the row of properties they own in Brighton.

For those of us with less money, property and space than celebrities, choosing to live a few streets apart or at least in the same town whilst co-parenting, is likely to be a huge plus for children, says Miller Hendry.

For further advice or information on property law or other legal issues, visit www.millerhendry.co.uk

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

Dundee Heritage Trust appoints Volpa to lead Public Relations drive

 

Dundee Heritage Trust, the charity formed to preserve and celebrate Dundee’s industrial past, has appointed Volpa to lead their Public Relations brief driving awareness of the work of the Trust, with a particular focus on the planned restorative work on RRS Discovery and 20 years of the Verdant Works Jute Museum.

RRS Discovery is about to embark on a major restorative voyage in the coming months and Volpa’s role will be to raise awareness of the project, the cultural significance and heritage of the historic vessel and help Dundee Heritage Trust to drive activity to generate much-needed funds for the work.

2016 is also an exciting year for Verdant Works as the Dundee jute and social history museum celebrates 20 years as a visitor attraction, and Volpa will be generating buzz about this special birthday in coming weeks.

As Perth’s largest integrated marketing and PR agency, Volpa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to their latest roles, with a proven track record working with an array of clients from diverse sectors, from The Enchanted Forest and The Famous Grouse Experience, to Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and Miller Hendry.

Kim Adamson, Sales & Marketing Officer at Dundee Heritage Trust, commented:

“We are really pleased to have welcomed Volpa on board to work alongside the Dundee Heritage Trust in what is set to be an exciting period of change, particularly as our historic vessel, the RRS Discovery goes through some major restoration work. We hope, by working with Volpa, we can highlight the work the of Dundee Heritage Trust within Dundee and nationally.”

Volpa was also recently appointed by Perth & Kinross Council’s City of Culture 2021 bid to manage the social media for the exciting campaign. Tricia Fox, Managing Director of Volpa, commented:

“This year, Volpa has seen a steady growth, both internally and externally. We have grown from a team of 4 to 11 staff members in under two years and, with a blossoming team, we are excited to have continued to grow our client base. We are delighted to be working with Dundee Heritage Trust and helping to bring to life the many stories that they have to tell.

“We are also thrilled to be part of Perth City’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021. This five-year project is one that will place a spotlight on Perth, and we are ready to help position Perth as a major contender to become City of Culture 2021.”

To find out more about Volpa visit www.volpa.co.uk

For more information about the work of Dundee Heritage Trust visit www.rrsdiscovery.com

20-year employee helps Dundee jute museum Verdant Works celebrate its 20th birthday

When Dundee jute and social history museum Verdant Works celebrates its 20th birthday this weekend with a special tea party, one person who’ll be raising a teacup will be Margaret Dallas. Margaret, the long-time cleaner at Verdant Works, is celebrating 20 years at the museum and a long association with the city’s jute industry.

Verdant Works, which weaves tales of jute together with the lives and work of the people of Dundee, is inviting the public to a tea party this Sunday September 25th at 3pm in its refurbished High Mill building on West Henderson’s Wynd in the heart of Dundee.

As a born and bred Dundonian, Margaret’s association with Dundee’s jute industry goes back more than three decades. Her first job out of school, at age 16, was working at Baxter Brothers’ jute mill, where she would wheel bobbins over to the bobbin winders. She left Baxter Brothers at age 18 but returned to the industry a number of years later with a job at Tay Textiles at New South Mills on Brown Street, where she spread jute bags onto crates.

The Dundee jute mills gradually declined and the mills were shuttered. So when Margaret applied for a cleaning job in 1996 at Verdant Works, which Dundee Heritage Trust had just re-opened as a museum, it felt more than familiar. The award-winning Verdant Works is so-called because when it was built the area around it was green fields.

Margaret, 58, is one of two cleaners who keep a massive space – including the office, the museum and the newly refurbished High Mill – spick and span. Their job is to carefully clean around the glass cabinets that hold the museum exhibits, most of which were donated by residents of Dundee. Their extendable feather dusters are designed to reach high into the spaces that once buzzed with the sound of machinery.

Margaret said of her own time in the jute mills: “It was really hard work and I was only 16 when I started. That’s why I only lasted a couple of years the first time. But my sister worked in the jute industry all her life and she loved it. She got married while she worked in a mill and in those days they used to dress you up in wedding gear and wheel you through the town in a barry. It was a special sort of hen do, without all the drink they have now!”

Margaret added: “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the 20 years I’ve been at Verdant Works. When I started there was just the museum and the office. It’s been built up a lot since and last year they added High Mill, which is a fantastic space.”

Verdant Works’ 20th anniversary tea party is a ticketed event that includes refreshments and live music and is open to all ages. Waitresses dressed in Victorian costume will be on hand to serve a selection of sweet treats and refreshments to the accompaniment of live jazz music.

The Verdant Works buildings date back to the mid-19th century and are owned by Dundee Heritage Trust. The Trust opened the museum in September 1996 and completed the second phase a year later.

Dundee is considered the home of the jute industry in Scotland. Verdant Works once employed 500 people, making it the 16th biggest employer in Dundee’s jute industry at the time. The restoration of the 25,000 square feet jute mill was a labour of love that took six years to complete and retains many of the mill’s original features.

Anna Murray, Audience Development Officer with Dundee Heritage Trust, said:

“We’re looking forward to kicking off our 20th year at Verdant Works with a good old-fashioned tea party. This museum not only tells the story of the jute industry, it tells the story of Dundee and of people like Margaret, whose work and family are deeply connected to the jute mills. We’re inviting locals, whether they have links to the jute industry or not, to come and help us celebrate what we promise will be an exciting year for Verdant Works.”
When: Sunday September 25th at 3pm. Open to all ages.

Where: High Mill, Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT

Cost: £7.50 / £6 concession, includes tea/coffee and a selection of cakes.

Please note: The High Mill is unheated so dress accordingly.

Buy tickets at: Verdant Works or online at www.verdantworks.eventbrite.com

Oor Wullie Noo returns to his beloved family of care homes

Oor Wullie Noo, one of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail’s most popular sculptures at Tuesday night’s auction, will return to live with his sponsors, Balhousie Care Group, after their Chairman, Tony Banks, personally bid for the sculpture. After a nail-biting bidding war, Mr Banks managed to secure Oor Wullie Noo for £18,000 with an online bid.

The sculpture, which depicts what Oor Wullie would like as an 80-year-old, has a special connection with Balhousie as the residents provided inspiration for the design of the sculpture.

Two residents from Balhousie St Ronan’s Care Home modelled for local artist, Alison Price, as she painted the sculpture on site a few weeks before Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail commenced. Barbara Clubb modelled her hands and Alison studied Raymond Mennie to capture his facial features.

Now fondly renamed ‘Auld Wullie’ by the team at Balhousie, plans are under way for Auld Wullie to tour all 25 of Balhousie’s care homes across the North East of Scotland, from as far north as Huntly, to Bonnybridge.

Louise Barnett, Director of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, commented:

“It has been wonderful to be involved in such an incredibly popular public art project in Dundee this summer. We are over-the-moon to be welcoming Auld Wullie back to where he was inspired. As an 80-year-old, we are sure he will get on famously with our residents and will enjoy visiting them across all 25 of our care homes. I’d like to thank Tony for very generously bidding to ensure Auld Wullie came home to us.”

A spectacular £883,000 was raised in total at Tuesday’s auction and all proceeds will go towards The ARCHIE Foundation’s

Tony Banks, Chairman of Balhousie Care Group added:

“I am delighted to be able to support The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Appeal by bidding on Auld Wullie and helping to make him a permanent fixture across our care homes. An incredible amount of money was raised at Tuesday’s auction, which was all for a very worthy cause. I’m sure many people across Balhousie Care Group will enjoy meeting the Auld Wullie on his tour of our 25 homes.”

To find out more about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk