STAFF at the Ross-shire-based Balblair distillery raised money for local mental health support charity James Support Group.
They raised £820 by holding a summer fair on June 25 on the grounds of Edderton Distillery.
The money was matched by Balblair’s parent company, International Beverage, to donate a total of £1,640.
The outdoor event attracted over 350 visitors from the local community, many of whom bought tickets in the fair’s ‘It’s OK to Not Be OK’ fundraising raffle.
14 vendors participated and provided raffle prizes including pottery, jewelry, and artisan food and drink.
James Support Group helps families affected by suicide as well as those with suicidal thoughts and was founded by couple Cromarty Patrick and Wendy Mullery just months after the death of their own son.
The group provided invaluable support to a member of the Balbair Distillery team and his family, so it was a natural choice as this year’s charity partner.
Balblair Distillery Manager John Macdonald said: “James Support Group is a charity very dear to our distillery team, so we are extremely proud to have raised funds for them. The generosity of vendors and visitors really showcased the incredible community spirit that underlined our entire summer show and we look forward to making it a regular annual event.
Founders Patrick and Wendy Mullery of James Support Group added: “James Support Group is extremely grateful to have been chosen this year, any opportunity to raise awareness of the help and support we provide is invaluable and we have met and spoken to several during the day.
“As a charity we rely on events like this and the generosity, warmth and friendliness of the Balblair distillery and staff made the day for us. We really cannot thank them enough. “