£2 Million Appeal for Royal Highland Show

Organisers of the Royal Highland Show are seeking £2 million in donations, reports Farmers Weekly, after the cancellation of this year’s event due to Covid-19.

Cows at the Royal Highland Show
Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland’s largest outdoor event, it attracts around 200,000 people and is organised by The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) which has suffered a £6 million loss of revenue due to the pandemic. The Save Your Show appeal was launched by the society which wants to be in a ‘strong financial position’ to mark the event’s 200th anniversary in 2022.

RHASS is calling for individual and corporate donations to allow it to plan ahead as far as 2022, confident that funding is in place.

Chairman, Bill Gray, said: “Since the first show in 1822, the RHS has grown into an event that delivers significant benefits for the sector, both financially and personally. As directors, we feel a huge sense of responsibility to keep the show going, but we need financial support to secure the charity’s future and to ensure that the show continues for many years to come.”

Chief executive, Alan Laidlaw, said: “As a charity, we have a duty to maximise the impact of our activities in rural Scotland, giving those who we know care deeply about the show and our work the opportunity to support the organisation when we need help.

“We are proud of what we achieve and need the whole industry to get behind the campaign to make sure we succeed.”

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