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Posted on 27th July 2021

Sandpiper Trust the charity partner of FEI Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials

Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Sandpiper Trust are delighted to announce that the charity has been chosen as the official charity partner for 2021 by the team at Atholl Estates.

Running over four days (26 – 29 August), Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials is Scotland’s leading equestrian event, usually attracting over 45,000 visitors every year – although numbers will be limited for 2021.

Founded in 2001 following the accidental death of 14-year-old Sandy Dickson, Sandpiper Trust is a self-funded charity dedicated to providing doctors, nurses and paramedics in rural Scotland with Sandpiper Bags - to date 1,250 bags have been distributed, each one containing over 50 state-of-the-art pieces of life-saving equipment, designed for ease of use, standardisation and portability. The charity also provides responders with the technology to connect them to the Scottish Ambulance Service despatch system.

Nicky Townshend, Assistant Director of Blair Castle Horse Trials, said: “Huge areas of Scotland are remote and it can take time for a Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle to attend an emergency. The Sandpiper Bags provide crucial equipment to emergency responders, resulting in many lives having being saved. We are delighted to support this cause and look forward to working together to raise funds and awareness for the charity.”

Sandpiper Trust is a registered charity that exists entirely on personal donations and fundraising. Apart from one staff member, the Trust is run solely by volunteers

Lorna Duff of Sandpiper Trust commented: “We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to raise the profile of the charity, and let people know who we are and what we do. Like so many charities, we have essentially lost the last 18 months of fundraising events so this is great timing - and comes in our twentieth year which makes it even more special. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of horse trials visitors on our stand across the four days of the event.”

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