Fiona Fund Launched As Legacy To “Loneliest Sheep”

Susan Thomson

Two Scottish charities, RSABI and the Scottish SPCA, have been chosen to benefit from donations and fundraising following the successful rescue and rehoming of a ewe stranded at the foot of cliffs in the Highlands.

The “Fiona Fund” has been set up by the farmers involved in her rescue in response to a tidal wave of goodwill from the public.

This has included many offers of donations following media coverage of the mission to get the sheep safely to her new home after she had spent more than two years in a location generally agreed to be too treacherous to attempt to remove the sheep.

The ewe, dubbed by the media as “the world’s loneliest sheep”, has been named Fiona to continue a theme after a sheep was named Shrek having previously been found living alone in caves in New Zealand.

The “Fiona Fund” being launched this week is aimed at the creation of a fundraising legacy in the wake of the remarkable level of interest from around the globe in the rescue of Fiona, including a huge social media following who are tuning in for regular updates about her progress.

The Scottish SPCA and RSABI were chosen as the charities to benefit from the fund for the work they do to promote good animal welfare and support people in need in Scottish agriculture, respectively.

Fiona was found to be in very good condition and health after the successful rescue and, having been checked over by Scottish SPCA inspectors, she is now safe and very contentedly settling into her new home at Dalscone Farm.

“We know that Fiona has touched the hearts of millions of people world wide,” said Ben Best of Dalscone.

“We have had loads of requests about how to donate to her cause but she’s got everything she could ever need at Dalscone. So, instead, we have set up the Fiona Fund in her name and would love to raise some money for some very important charities which have been involved in her rescue and her story so far.”

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