Soak A Solicitor and Raise Money for Charity at the Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering

Pictons, is returning to the Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering to participate in one of Harpenden’s most popular events and raise money for the Harpenden Lions Charities at the same time.

This year the Harpenden Lions chosen charities are Arthritis Care, Carers in Hertfordshire and the Lions Life Skills Programme in local schools.

Pictons, which has offices in Herts, Beds and Bucks, has a truly original fundraising idea that is always a huge hit with visitors to the Highland Gathering and other events. In keeping with a fine country tradition, visitors to this hugely popular family event will have the chance to soak one of the company’s hapless solicitors as they allow themselves to be imprisoned in the stocks for public humiliation – and revenge! All in the name of charity.

Sukh Saini, Managing Partner at Pictons says, ”We have been at the Highland Gathering in previous years and visitors really got into the spirit of soaking one of us, or kids especially liked to soak dad, mum or their brother. We came up with the idea of stocks because we thought people would enjoy wreaking revenge on lawyers and giving to such worthwhile charities at the same time. We found the stocks on eBay of all places and they are made of solid oak so may be originals.

“We will also have a free draw on our stand, giving visitors the opportunity to win £50 of Marks & Spencer vouchers. This is hugely popular too and we always give children something to take away with them. All of the money that we raise will support the Harpenden Lions charities. We hope that there’ll be lots of people who’ll want to soak us and enjoy getting a bit of revenge.”

What makes the Harpenden Highland Gathering such a special occasion?
Spectacular pipe band displays, dance, traditional games and the sound of the bagpipes set the scene for the day, but there is much more. In recent years visitors have enjoyed thrilling gymnastic displays, falconry demonstrations, battlefield re-enactments and again this year the entertaining sight of experienced sheepdogs herding geese and ducklings!

Every year there are plenty of events for children, including novelty track events, a climbing wall and a funfair. There is a wide selection of stalls offering refreshments, and many others selling craft and novelty items. Many charities set up stalls and displays to raise awareness of their work and attract donations.

The Highland Gathering will be held on Sunday 13th July 2014 in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2HU, and will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Five Pipe Bands will participate and there will be Solo Piping and Highland Dancing competitions as well as Highland Games Heavy Events and arena entertainment.