3 August 2012
For immediate release Friday 27 July 2012
For further information Derek Masterton
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Red Cross wellies are fit for a king – or queen
The British Red Cross is joining in the jubilee spirit at the Tartan Heart festival at Belladrum this year (Friday/Saturday 3 & 4 August).
Organisers of the hugely popular Highland extravaganza are encouraging festival-goers to wear fancy dress with a royalty theme. And the Red Cross will be helping revellers get the regal look right down to the very tips of their welly-clad toes.
The humanitarian organisation will be running a boot decorating service from their stall at the heart of the festival site.
Ann-Marie Rideout, Red Cross area retail manager for Northern Scotland, said: “We ran a welly decorating service last year just as a bit of fun. It was such a massive success that we’ve decided to do it again.
“Since the fancy dress theme for this year is royalty – in recognition of the Jubilee – we’ll be offering a wide selection of regal designs and bling for customers to choose from. Belladrum is a fantastic family festival with a wonderful fun atmosphere and the Red Cross, as always, is looking forward to joining in the party.
“There’s no set price for the welly decorating service – all we ask is for people to make a minimum donation of £2.”
Visitors to the Red Cross on-site shop – the biggest the organisation has ever had at Belladrum - will also be able to choose from a right royal selection of festival fashion bargains.
There will be a wide range of clothes for men, women and children to suit all tastes and pockets. Many of the goods for sale will be brand new – labelled as the Encore brand, they are donated by a well-known High Street store.
And of course there will be many festival “essentials” available such as battery-powered mobile phone chargers, torches and ponchos.
An added attraction will be a lucky dip area where customers will pay a small fee to plunge their hand into a tub of fashion goodies and grab a mystery prize every time.
Staying with the theme of luck, anyone spending £20 or more in the Red Cross Belladrum shop will be entered into a prize draw.
Customers will also be given the opportunity to Gift Aid their donations. By signing up to the scheme – which costs nothing – the Red Cross will get an extra 20 pence for every one pound donated from HMRC.
Ann-Marie Rideout added: “The Tartan Heart Festival is great fun but there is a serious side to it for the Red Cross. As part of the world’s biggest humanitarian organisation we constantly need to raise funds to enable us to continue our vital work at home and abroad, helping vulnerable people in crisis whoever and wherever they are.
“The Belladrum crowds are always very generous and I am sure they will give us great support this year.”
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Notes to editors
Last year in Scotland, the Red Cross:
Responded to 444 emergencies including those caused by flooding and extreme winter weather.
Trained 33,167 people in life saving first aid skills
Enabled 32,850 people to live more independently through health and social care services
Helped 571 people through refugee services
Worked with teachers to reach 22,863 young people with humanitarian education
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.