Gamekeepers give out eggs at Children’s Hospital

Members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group (L-R Callum Low (easter bunny), Lianne MacLennan, Louise McLean, Garry MacLennan) with the staff at Tayside Children�s Hospital with young patient Caitlyn

Members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group (L-R Callum Low (easter bunny), Lianne MacLennan, Louise McLean, Garry MacLennan) with the staff at Tayside Children�s Hospital with young patient Caitlyn

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Angus gamekeepers donated Easter eggs to 20 children at the Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee after hosting their first Easter Community Fun Day on Sunday.

Angus Glens Moorland Group, which showcases working life on the region’s scenic grouse moors, opened the doors at Invermark Estate to local families at the weekend.

As well as a woodland egg hunt, children were able to learn about traditional deerstalking ‘garron’ ponies as well as meeting some of the estate farm’s newborn lambs and their busy mum.

Whilst local children each received a chocolate egg on the day, members of the group, which comprises gamekeepers, estate staff and their families, visited children at Ninewells Hospital a day later to hand over seasonal treats on the wards.

Despite being scattered throughout the remote glens of Angus, group members’ young ones visit the Tayside Children’s Hospital, too, if they need any medical attention.

The group wanted to show their appreciation to the staff and put a smile on the face of the patients by sending around their very own moorland bunny with gifts from the glens.

Group co-ordinator, Lianne MacLennan said: “Our first Easter Community event was really successful and we have had lots of comments from people who brought their kids along after seeing it on Facebook.

“The Estate bothy was turned into the ‘bunny bothy’, with face painting and the kids met the animals as well as glimpsing our very own costumed Easter rabbit (2015 Lantra Scotland Modern Apprentice of the Year, gamekeeper Callum Low) dashing through the woods.

“It was also good to see the smiling faces of the kids - and the staff - at the hospital.

“The gamekeepers in our group who have kids attend the hospital if there is anything up with their wee ones so they know the hard work the staff put in.”

Sandy Spalding, Play Assistant at Ninewells Hospital thanked Angus Glens Moorland Group for their kindness on the day. Sandy said: “We’d like to thank the group for the kind donation. The children and the staff appreciated it very much indeed.”

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