Congratulations to Sue Wilkinson for being the lucky winner of our two ceramic copper Herdy money boxes.

Their new owner collected them from our artist in residence, Siobhan Miles Moore, who had just treated them to a fresh layer of gilded copper ready for their new home!

The Herdys were raffled online as a ‘ewe-nique’ pair having been gilded and burnished with copper by Siobhan and fellow artist Jessica Elleray. They then donated them to Brathay for us to raffle in support of our work improving the well-being of families and young people.

And as luck would have it, these delightful collectables get to remain in Cumbria, for despite hundreds of tickets selling across the UK and beyond, their new owner lives in Portinscale, just outside Keswick.

Not only is Sue local, but she also has a special connection to our work around mental health. ‘I follow Brathay Trust on Twitter with genuine interest. I totally endorse all the good work they are doing to help young people in the community and when I saw a photograph of the two Herdys announcing the raffle it seemed like a lovely way of donating to the charity.’

Sue is a retired professor of psychology specialising in health communication. She has carried out research into telephone helplines for several health-related charities and has worked at both Loughborough and York Universities.

‘My wife and I have always dreamt of moving to the Lake District and finally, having retired, we were able to do this earlier this year.’  They are now busy developing their charity ‘ADA’ (Advance Decisions Assistance) offering support to individuals and families with end of life planning. She said it felt entirely fitting to have won the Herdys at the start of her retirement in Cumbria, especially as they represent so much of the Lakeland’s industrial and artistic heritage as well as Brathay and everything that the charity stands for.

Our thanks go to the Herdy company for providing the Herdys and to Siobhan for championing copper gilding and suggesting that we try raffling them. Thanks also to Robin Cooper for photographing them on their various outdoor adventures. In fact Robin had become so attached to them over recent months he had started to call them Gilda and Burnie.

‘We will miss Gilda and Burnie very much but it’s wonderful to see them going to such a good home,’ said Siobhan.

Sue added: ‘I really do feel like a lucky winner. I will keep their new names and promise to take great care of them! They might even get taken on an excursion back to Coniston.’