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Strathallan Castle Horse Trials To Support The Sandpiper Trust
Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
This year's Strathallan Castle Horse Trials which takes place from July 27th to 30th has appointed an official charity in the deserving Sandpiper Trust.

Horse trials have been running in the beautiful grounds of Strathallan Castle near Auchterarder, Perthshire, since 2000, but this year the event is also hosting the only pre-novice three day event in Scotland, and is expecting many more competitors and spectators than usual.

With this in mind, Anna Roberts, who lives in the castle and event director, Laura Binner decided that the Sandpiper Trust should benefit. A collection will be made during the final showjumping phase on Sunday 30th July and visitors will be able to make donations on all four days and see the work that they do at the charity's tradestand.

The Sandpiper Trust was set up by the Dickson family in memory of their son, Sandy Dickson, a keen young horseman, who tragically died in a drowning accident in Canada when he was 14 years old.

The primary aim of this Scottish charity is to provide essential emergency medical equipment and resources to specially trained rural doctors and nurses, especially in remote islands or communities throughout Scotland.

The Sandpiper bags which contain over 30 items, including an aspirator, oxygen mask and chest drainage kit, has recently been updated with paediatric items. The complete bag cost £1100 and to date 550 bags have been handed out from Shetland and St Kilda down to the Borders. Penny Dickson said, "There are over 750 specially trained doctors and nurses in Scotland and the aim is to deliver a Sandpiper bag to each of them. This equipment is often essential during the 'golden hour' - that critical life saving period between a serious accident and getting a patient to hospital."

Laura Binner said, "We are delighted to support such a worthwhile charity, which is particularly appropriate to horse riders and owners who often live and ride in rural areas."

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