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Rachel Biggar raises over £16,000 for RSABI

Rachel Biggar raises over £16,000 for RSABI

08 August 2021

Rachel Biggar has raised an incredible sum of over £16,000 for RSABI with her 100km in a month fundraiser. 

Rachel is fundraising for the charity, which supports people in Scottish agriculture, in memory of her father Donald Biggar OBE who was a great supporter of RSABI. 

A highly-respected Dumfries & Galloway farmer, Mr Biggar was renowned for his Chapelton Herd, was a stalwart of native British beef breeds and was involved in many organisations such as Quality Meat Scotland, Scotland’s Rural College, WCF and the Royal Smithfield Club. 

From 7 June to 7 July, Rachel ran a total of 100km where she is currently living in Greece, with high temperatures and humidity adding another element to the challenge. 

Including gift aid, over £8,000 has been raised so far online with a further donation of £5,000 contributed by WCF, of which Mr Biggar was Chairman and £2,500 from the Duke of Wellington Charitable Trust.

Rachel said: “I?have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and incredible generosity of everyone who has donated to this fundraiser, many of whom knew my dad for many years and some of whom never met my dad at all - it has been an incredibly humbling experience. On days when my motivation was lacking or my legs felt sore and tired the messages of support helped fuel my determination and made getting up and running so much easier. 

“Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined reaching £13k.” 

David Leggat, Chair of RSABI, said the organisation was blown away by Rachel’s efforts and the generosity of donors. He said: “We’re very touched that Rachel chose RSABI as the recipient of funds raised in memory of her father. She has raised a wonderful sum of money so far, which reflects very highly on Rachel’s incredible efforts and the huge appreciation we all had for Donald Biggar and his many contributions to UK agriculture. Thank you to all who have generously donated so far, and huge thanks to Rachel for taking on this fundraising challenge to raise funds for RSABI.” 

Nina Clancy, Chief Executive of RSABI added: “We can’t thank Rachel enough for her amazing fundraising achievement. Running 100km in a month is challenge enough without having to contend with high humidity and the 30 degree heat of the Greek summer. The fantastic sum raised will help RSABI provide practical, emotional and financial support to so many people in the Scottish agricultural industry.” 

Although the challenge is complete, the fundraiser will stay open until October to allow for further donations. Those looking to support Rachel Biggar’s efforts can do so here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Rachels100km  

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