I'm responsible for the delivery of Scottish Wildcat Action’s Communications plan, PR, marketing and promotion of the project's key messages through our website and social media channels. My role also involves working with the media.
Latest News - Huge praise for SWA supporters who raised £1110 at Highland Tiger Fling 2018
People starting to arrive for the 2018 Highland Tiger Fling at the Tullynessle and Forbes Hall in Bridge of Alford
Supporters of Scottish Wildcat Action raised an incredible total of £1110 for the project at the bi-annual Highland Tiger Fling event, which took place at Tullynessle and Forbes Hall in Bridge of Alford on Saturday.
The 2018 event was the 5th time the event has been staged and this year saw another fantastic turnout from local supporters.
Lead organiser, Maureen Laverman, said the donations for the raffle and bottle tombola exceeded every other event so far.
She said: "We are delighted with the amount raised and the generosity of everyone who came, as well as everyone who donated prizes. We can't thank you enough.
"The auction went well too....especially the helicopter flight and the trip to meet the reindeer herd on the Cairngorms."
Also in attendance on the night was Scottish Wildcat Action's very own Project Officer for Strathbogie, Emma Rawling, who spoke to attendees about the crucial work she continues to do in the Strathbogie priority area. Emma spent the winter working extremely hard neutering large numbers of feral cats and obviously hybridised cats, which live alongside Scottish wildcats in the Strathbogie priority area. This Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return (TNVR) work is essential for the continued survival of the area's wildcats.
There were other charities at the event including Alzheimer's Scotland, Grampian Kidney Patients and PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease).
Patrice and McRuvie delight the crowd with their Constitution Street sketch
Entertainment on the night was provided by one of the North-east's most popular comedy duos, Patrice and McRuvie, who kept the sizeable audience laughing throughout. Aside from a solo stand up set each, Patrice and McRuvie gave the crowd a taste of their latest sketch, Constitution Street – a comical look at two Aberdeen women who squabble at their shared washing line. There was even an appearance from William the Wildcat, who is always popular for photos.
Every penny of the total raised goes directly to Scottish Wildcat Action because the organisers had been donated money to cover all costs for the evening.
Dr Roo Campbell, Priorities Area Manager for Scottish Wildcat Action said: "Maureen and her volunteers have been incredible supporters of Scottish Wildcat Action for many years and once again they have pulled out all the stops to raise a fantastic £1110 for the project.
"The amount of work it takes to stage the event cannot be underestimated and we would like to thank everyone who supported the Fling and those who donated."
He added: "Donations make a huge difference to the project and the real winner here is our Scottish wildcat."
The next Highland Tiger Fling is due to take place in 2020.
This content was made possible by our Partners & Funders at Heritage Lottery Fund