Caledonian Sleeper has provided a significant contribution to the Scottish loneliness charity Give a Dog a Bone. Through generous donations, £6,090 has successfully been raised to support the charity’s ongoing work.
The donations allowed Give a Dog a Bone to hold two separate raffle competitions, each contributing to the impressive total raised. One raffle featured a bottle of limited-edition single cask single malt whisky, a creation in collaboration with Annandale Distillery to commemorate Caledonian Sleeper’s 150th anniversary. The second raffle offered a pair of return tickets on board the iconic Caledonian Sleeper train.
The funds raised will be channelled into Give a Dog a Bone’s community space project, which allows older adults to socialise in a safe space, learn new skills, and alleviate loneliness through animal companionship. The charity currently provides community spaces in Shawlands, Troon and Alloa where adults over 60 are welcomed each day to relax and enjoy the company of dogs, staff and volunteers. Many of the individuals who engage with the charity live alone and the community spaces therefore provide much needed social interaction and companionship to help tackle the adverse effects of loneliness.
Kathryn Darbandi, Managing Director for Caledonian Sleeper, commented: “Caledonian Sleeper is proud to have supported Give a Dog a Bone for the past four years. It’s heartening to see the positive impact our contributions have on the charity’s vital work in alleviating loneliness.”
Louise Russell, Founder and Chief Executive at Give a Dog a Bone, said: “We are incredibly grateful to have the continued support of Caledonian Sleeper. Donations such as this allow us to continue welcoming people into our community spaces each day, as well as caring for our companion dogs who provide happiness to the lives of so many people.”