Blingo By The Sea was a brand new fundraiser specially for our 30th anniversary year, with the aim of raising funds to enable us to deliver projects which will set us up for the next 30 years!
The event which took place on Friday 4th October, sold out in its first two weeks after launching with most of the tickets being picked up by people new to the charity. It smashed its fundraising target, raising over £19,000 on the night. The fundraiser was held at the luxurious coastal Waterfront venue at Archerfield, and the 195 guests were extremely well looked after by the Archerfield team, and entertained between dinner courses by games of bingo!
Joining us for the evening was Melanie Kay and her son Charlie who is one of our Riders. Mel spoke movingly about the positive impact, both physically and emotionally, MRT has had on Charlie who was born with Spastic Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy, and said it was, “an honour to be there representing the MRT parents”. At Muirfield Riding Therapy our team of volunteer physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and our specially trained Volunteers and Ponies are able to offer Riders the best therapeutic benefit. Therapeutic riding can also help people build independence and self confidence all while having fun with our ponies and volunteers!
(L-R, MRT Services Coordinator Susan Law and Mel Kay)
Charlie was busy selling raffle tickets for a very special prize draw to win a beautiful bangle created for our 30th anniversary by Anna Gordon.
Anna who lives in Gullane is Head of Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art.Her design was four silver rings representing the first four MRT Therapy ponies, linked together with green peridots, a reference to our logo. Charlie did a fantastic job, with the draw raising over £2,200!
Michelle Sutton, Chair of Muirfield Riding Therapy raised awareness of the huge number of volunteers it takes to run our service in her speech, praising the dedication and commitment of the MRT community and inviting guests to come and see what we do, and consider volunteering too. Thank you to all our guests – including many new friends – who joined us on the night.
Many individuals and businesses supported us in putting on this fundraiser for our 30th birthday.
Thanks to our team of organisers, led by events volunteer Elaine Sutherland; our host for the evening Alex Fleming; our table blooms created by florist Lottie Longman and kindly sponsored by The Rotary Club of North Berwick; lovely goody bags supported by Laura Thomas Co, with pony thank you charms created by Shiela Galbraith Designs and our bingo dabbers donated by Carlton Bingo!; tablet sweet treats made by kind volunteers Sharron, Susan and Gill; and programme supporter Drem Timber and Fencing Ltd with programme design by Agrada Design. Finally, AV provided by JMP Productions.
Last but not least, our extremely generous auction donors, with prizes including S. Lucas Ice Cream for a Year, Hot Laps at Knockhill with the Leven Car Company , Cooking With Game at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School , beautiful prints by artist George Birrell, a personal shopping experience with Jo Green for French fashion house Captain Tortue Champagne Dinner & overnight stay at the 5 star Prestonfield House Edinburgh , Painting by John Boak – May Blossom, Slatcoats, Gullane , Top Flight Whisky tasting with Lockett Bros of North Berwick , a stay a luxurious Rennington House, near Alnwick, visiting the Gallops at Lucinda Russell’s Grand National winning Arlary Stables, drinks in the Oxford Bar with world-famous author Ian Rankin and a day on location with the BBC Scotland Beechgrove Garden Cast and Crew!
Our heartfelt thanks to all.