Every year the Castle of Mey's Trustees invite Patrons and selected other guests only, to an evening reception in either London or Scotland.
In 2007 the reception was held at the Goring Hotel, St James's, London. The party was deemed such a great success that it was held at the Goring Hotel again in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and 2011. This year it will be again held at the Goring Hotel on 22nd May 2012.
This year there will be an appeal for donations towards internal repairs of the Castle.
Last year generous donations were made towards the cost of publishing A Taste of Mey, the unique recipe book described on the back cover as 'A unique 'Royal ragout' flavoured with marvellous photographs, to be dipped into, treasured and, above all, used. With more than 200 full-colour pages of favourite recipes and personal memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from Her friends, members of Her Household, present-day employees of the Castle, and Patrons and Friends of the Castle of Mey.'
In previous years,The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust launched their Turret Appeal at the reception and the fantastic support received from contributions by so many generous people and organisations means the turret has now been built and visitors are able to enjoy the spectacular views over the gardens and Penttland Firth towards the Orkneys.
In 2010, guests were invited to sponsor an animal. The Animal Centre at the castle is based in the old granary and is enjoyed by children and adults alike. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere gives them the opportunity to see animals well cared for in a happy environment. Visitors can have hands-on, supervised contact with some of the animals, providing an enjoyable and educational visit.
£50 Donation will sponsor a duck, goose, guinea pig, rabbit or hen. £200 Donation will sponsor a goat or ewe. £400 Donation will sponsor a donkey, Highland cow or heifer calf. £1000 will purchase a bench and personally inscribed plaque
If you are not already a friend or patron this will entitle you to the corresponding membership and anyone wishing to make one of the above donations or find out more can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Beatrice Farmer, The Castle of Mey, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XH.