Mental health and farming charities to benefit from Linlithgow family business fundraiser

23 January 2019

Local business owners Robert, Jane and Susan Arkley have announced their chosen charities for 2019 – the Chris Mitchell Foundation, and RSABI (The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution).

Every year the entrepreneurial siblings' host Katie’s Cup at their family-owned 9-hole course at Kingsfield Golf & Leisure, raising money for various charities close to their heart.

Last month the trio handed over a cheque for £34,000 to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation; the charity set up by ex-rugby international and MND sufferer, Doddie Weir.

Over the years the family have raised in excess of £130,000 for worthy causes. This year, the Arkley family have decided on two charities they feel worthy of their support.

The Chris Mitchell Foundation champions the need for improved awareness of mental health and wellbeing within Scottish professional football. Stirling-born Chris began his career in 2007 at local club Falkirk before being loaned to Ayr United and then enjoyed a season with Bradford City. Chris returned to Scotland in 2012 to play for Queen of the South although an injury in 2015 would eventually force him to retire from his successful professional football career. Chris was only 27 years old when he tragically died, having lived with depression and anxiety.

Laura Mitchell, Trustee & Chair of the Foundation and Chris’s big sister said: “We are both proud and delighted to be the beneficiary of Kingsfield’s fundraising efforts in 2019. Their generosity will support the mental health and wellbeing of players, past and present, and staff working in Scottish football.

She added: “The Foundation is working tirelessly to deliver a national, awareness raising campaign for all clubs, governing and professional bodies.”

RSABI provides practical support, grants, and friendship to over 600 individuals and their families across a range of agricultural occupations – farming, crofting and growing - with the common theme of working on the land in Scotland.

First established in 1897, their support has proven to be invaluable when families are impacted personally and financially by losing a loved one, illness, accident, and disease.

Katie’s Cup is an annual charity tournament held every August and has become Kingsfield’s very own ‘major’ golf championship. The 2019 tournament is already sold out! And for Jane, who runs the Tee Caddy coffee shop, there is a particular poignancy to the day each year, but also happiness at the incredible sums going to charity.

She said: “My baby girl, Katie, was stillborn 16 years ago and it was a good friend of ours who suggested we start up a Katie’s Cup. Ever since, it has been a really good event raising magnificent sums of money, year on year, for charities such as Sands, Leukaemia Research @ The Beatson, the On-Course Foundation, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Bosom Buds, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Kidney Kids Scotland, My Name’s Doddie Foundation, and now the Chris Mitchell Foundation and RSABI.”

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