FIONA, the world’s loneliest sheep has become an ‘ambaasador’ for mental health.
From her new home in Dumfries, she is helping to encourage steps to prevent loneliness in the agricultural community.
The Scotch Mule cross Charollais ewe was last month rescued from cliffs by Graeme Parker, Als Couzens, Ally Williamson, James Parker and Cammy Wilson of The Sheep Game.
She is now enjoying life – and lots of company – at Dalscone Farm, Dumfries where she is also helping to raise the profile of RSABI’s #KeepTalking campaign and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs’ AreEweOK? mental health message.
Farmer Ben Best said: “Fiona settled in here straight away and she’s doing really well.
“We’re delighted that not only has she helped to raise £11,000 for RSABI and the Scottish SPCA, thanks to donations from people keen to help, she is now also helping to spread the word about such an important message at this time of year.”
Carol McLaren, chief executive of RSABI has been to see her and said: “We know there can be a lot of loneliness in the farming community, particularly at this time of year, and the #KeepTalking campaign highlights how important it is for people to keep in touch and keep an eye out for anyone who could be feeling low or lonely. We know that just a little kindness can make a massive difference for someone who is struggling.”
n RSABI offers free practical, financial, and emotional support and its confidential service is available every day of the year on 0808 1234 555 or at www.rsabi.org.uk.