2012 The calendar is the third offering from the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust which provides a helpline, support and financial grants for gamekeepers, ghillies and stalkers and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement.
Following on from the success of the previous editions the 2013/14 calendar is expected to be just as popular and for the 3rd edition a proportion of the funds will be donated to Hounds for Heroes in aid of Ex-servicemen and women as well as the Gamekeeper’s Welfare Trust.
Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services with the aim of providing help and practical support, leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.
With the theme of ‘Gamekeepers, Girls and Gundogs’ the calendar features tweed clad gamekeepers, attractive girls and a range of working dog, pictured in scenic locations across Scotland England and Wales and based round the shooting calendar.
Helen Benson of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust, said: “I have been absolutely delighted with the reception the previous calendars received and I hope this one can be just as or even more popular.
“Yet again it has been really good fun to do and everyone involved has been a pleasure to work with. It has been well-supported by organisations involved in country sports including Bell Ingram Sporting Lets and I cannot thank them enough as without sponsors it simply couldn’t have gone ahead.
“This is one of our major fundraising initiatives and as our service becomes more extensive we need to ensure we can provide help whenever and wherever it is needed.
“We are probably one of the few charities who support other worthy causes and we hope we can continue this tradition by raising valuable funds for the Hounds for Heroes who are supporting the people who keep us safe and have paid a heavy price.“
“The official launch of the calendar takes place within the Scottish Gamekeepers Association stand at Scone Palace Estate where the 24th Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair. Is held We hope this will create a real buzz and help sell as many copies as we can.”
The calendar will be on sale from 29th June at all the major Game Fairs plus a number of other outlets as well as directly from the GWT website. The cost per calendar will be £10 plus p&p.
The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust is a charity dedicated to supporting gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies. Support is given by providing a helpline, grant system and job register for people who wish to be gamekeepers, are in the industry and who are retired and their dependents.
Tel: 01677 470180