The picturesque Deer Park at Raby Castle opened for families and friends to celebrate the New Year with a charity walk in aid of Mind Darlington, raising over a fantastic £1,800 for Raby Estates charity of the year. 

Mind is an incredible Mental Health Charity in Darlington who also support the surrounding area providing quality care for local people.

Established in 1979 – because it was recognised that there was a lack of social outlets and support for people with mental health problems – Darlington Mind has grown substantially over the last 40 years.  Mind now covers Darlington, South Durham, Hambleton & Richmondshire, and offers a wide range of recovery support services to hundreds of people every year.

Volunteers from Mind were on hand throughout the day, taking donations to support its extremely important work.

Many visitors enjoyed getting their walking boots on and starting the new year with a refreshing walk through the wide-open space of the estate’s parkland, home to both Raby Red Deer and Fallow Deer. Bringing their beloved four-legged friends; whilst visiting the Yurt Cafe, Stables Shop and The Plotters’ Forest too at a special discounted rate.

Sophie Brown, events manager at Raby Castle said:

“We’ve hosted New Year’s Day walks here at Raby before and they have always proved popular as a fantastic way to start the new year.

“Not only did people enjoy the incredible scenery across our park, but they can do so knowing that they are helping a worthwhile cause – it’s a really great incentive and what a positive way to begin 2024.”

Simon Davidson, CEO of Darlington Mind, said:

“We are very proud to have been chosen as the Raby Estates Charity of the Year for 2024. It is great that an organisation of such prominence in the community recognises the importance of good mental health for everyone young and old alike, and the thousands who visited today seem to agree – their generosity in raising over £1800 is proof of that. The deer park, castle and enchanted trail are an ideal opportunity to exercise and connect with nature which is great for wellbeing. We are looking forward to working with Raby Estates for the rest of 2024 on their wellbeing initiatives.”

Raby Estates looks forward to working with Mind at future events in 2024. Alongside, The Rising Development opening in Spring 2024 where people can enjoy the wide open beautiful spaces, elevating the elegant leisure destination complete with heritage buildings restored to incredible event spaces, remodelled walled gardens by world renowned Luciano Giubbilei, stylish shopping, exciting events and great food, sourced within the Estate served in the new Vinery Restaurant.

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