A CHRISTMAS shopping evening at a county farm raised more than £2,000 for a charity supporting people in Scottish agriculture.

Kilduff Farm, near Athelstaneford, is home to a pumpkin patch which specialises in culinary pumpkins as well as Hallowe’en varieties.

The Calder family – Lucy, her husband Russell and their three children – held their first Christmas shopping evening on December 3.

The sold-out festive event welcomed 200 people and some of East Lothian’s producers and creators to the farm – with £2,300 raised for the charity RSABI.

Lucy Calder, organiser, said: “2021 was a difficult year for the East Lothian farming community, losing two well-respected and much-loved members of the farming community in the space of just a few days.

“RSABI provides much-needed support to families involved in agriculture across Scotland.

“We have felt helpless in the aftermath of these devastating losses, so this felt like an opportunity for us to do something to support the charity and raise awareness around the vital work RSABI do while remembering our friends at this particularly challenging time of year.

“This was such a special way to round up the year.

“We loved bringing people together for a festive evening on the farm.

“We have raised an incredible amount of money for such an important cause and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it happen.”

The Calder family hope to make the Christmas shopping evening a regular fixture in the East Lothian festive calendar.