‘Pink lady’ catches the eye at auction

The Texel gimmer feeling a bit sheepish
The Texel gimmer feeling a bit sheepish

A recent auction at Inverurie’s Thainstone Mart raised a few eyebrows when a ‘pink lady’ made an appearance in aid of a leading North-east cancer charity.

Having seen a number of friends being affected by the disease during the past year Wendy Willox, from Clatt, decided to come up with a way of raising money for CLAN Cancer Support.

After some thought, she decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of one of her Texel gimmers in lamb at Thainstone’s Christmas sale.

But Wendy didn’t stop there. To ensure her entry really caught the eye, she decided to dye the sheep bright pink.

Thanks to the support of ANM Group, which waived its commission, and Wendy who rounded up the total herself, she presented a cheque for £750 to Gemma Powell, CLAN’s Aberdeenshire area co-ordinator, at the charity’s Inverurie base.

The Pink Lady was bought by Elaine and Alan Simpson, from Mains of Leslie, Insch, and went on to have two lambs, and still remains a pinkish colour.

Gemma said: “I would like to thank Wendy for her wonderful donation, and also for raising awareness of CLAN at one of Thainstone’s largest annual events.

“We would also like to thank ANM Group for kindly waiving its fee for Wendy’s sale, and to auctioneer Colin Slessor who helped to get an excellent price on the day.

“The ingenious ways which people find to fundraise for CLAN never ceases to amaze us.

“We really appreciate all the support we receive from both the ANM Group and from the farming community throughout the North-east.”