A unique opportunity to stay at the 17th-century Rosslyn Castle during the Edinburgh Festival is one of the prizes in a silent auction which aims to raise £60,000 for Breast Cancer Now. The auction has been arranged by the Rawlinson family, in memory of their mother Penny, who died from breast cancer last year. Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s leading secondary breast cancer charity, which focuses its research on prevention, early detection and diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. Breast Cancer Now’s aim is that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
The auction is one of several fundraising initiatives to reach the £60,000 target, and the chance to enjoy a self-catering holiday at Rosslyn Castle has just been added to the list of prizes available. The Castle, dating back to 1622, is a comfortable house with panelled rooms, an impressive moulded plaster ceiling and open fire in the drawing room. Surrounded by the ancient woodland of Roslin Glen, and set among the 14th century ruins of older fortifications, it still contains an element of drama – on one side a two storey building, on the other it drops five storeys, including the former kitchen, bakehouse and dungeon, down the side of the rock to reach the ground 60 feet below. Rosslyn Castle is the ancestral home of the St Clair family and contains many family portraits, photographs and belongings. The Castle has accommodation for 6 people and is just over seven miles from the centre of Edinburgh.
The prize of a week’s stay, starting Friday 10th August, is being donated by The Earl and Countess of Rosslyn. Lady Rosslyn said ‘Edinburgh is a wonderful place to be in August. We generally stay at the castle ourselves during the festival, but his year we are offering the opportunity to bid for a ‘festival week’ in memory of our dear friend Penny Rawlinson. She and her family spent many happy times with us there and we hope that someone will be able to enjoy it this summer by supporting her children in their silent auction.’
Bids for the week’s accommodation can be made through the fundraising website https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/2174/show_id/39449#buzz_expend_44436