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Buccleuch Property Challenge unveils partnership with ChildLine to celebrate event’s 10th anniversary

Childline charity partnership

Buccleuch Property today announces its partnership with ChildLine to mark the 10th anniversary of the Buccleuch Property Challenge, with the annual event taking place on Friday, 9th September.  All funds raised at the 2016 race will be donated to ChildLine (0800111), the UK’s free, 24-hour helpline and online service, which provides the only safe space for children to talk about the issues affecting their lives.

The Buccleuch Property Challenge is the ultimate adrenaline rush for teams participating in the six- hour non-stop adventure, which includes mountain biking, running and orienteering.  Set within the magnificent grounds of Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensberry Estate, it provides the chance for participants to compete across a range of gruelling team building challenges.  Steeped in history, the Castle is the ancestral home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, located in Dumfries & Galloway.

To mark the event’s most significant year to date, Buccleuch Property has teamed up with ChildLine with the aim of attracting a record number of participants and already has 70, three-person teams in a bid to raise £10,000 for the charity. ChildLine supports young people through its trained, volunteer counsellors who comfort, advise and protect children across a range of issues, including family relationships, low self-esteem / unhappiness and abuse

2016 is also an important year for the charity, as it marks 30 years since being set up by Dame Esther Rantzen in October 1986. In the last three decades, ChildLine has helped over four million children and the organisation now receives one call every 25 seconds.

David Peck, Managing Director of Buccleuch Property, said: “2016 is set to be the biggest year yet for the Challenge as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, we’ve worked with some amazing charities, raising over £100,000 for various causes during this time.

“We are honoured to have ChildLine as our partner this year – the work that they do is crucial to so many young lives across Scotland and throughout the UK. Our goal is to raise over £10,000 for the charity, which provides funding for 2,500 potentially life saving calls.”

Elaine Chalmers, Head of ChildLine, said: ““Our ChildLine service is here for children, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. A child contacts ChildLine every 20 seconds and some are going through the toughest times of their lives. They talk to us about things like family problems, bullying, self-harm and depression. Problems that children often feel they can’t talk to anyone else about.

“We are delighted to have been selected as Buccleuch Property’s charity for this year’s 10th Challenge, it seems fitting to have a joint landmark anniversary with ChildLine turning 30 in October. The Buccleuch team’s enthusiasm and commitment to promote and support our work has been wonderful and we thank them for their help.

The Buccleuch Property Challenge is designed to cater for a range of participants – from first timers to experienced adventure racers. Competing in either the mixed or single sex category, the Challenge is for teams of three to travel together through all stages, competing against the clock, and collecting bonuses from the different checkpoints reached.

To register for the Buccleuch Property Challenge, please visit www.buccleuchproperty.com