Harbro, the North East Scotland-based feed manufacturer, has more than trebled its £40,000 charity fundraising target to mark its 40th year in business.

The company actually achieved £131,128 in donations across its compound feed and supplements manufacturing, mobile mixing operations and chain of 19 country stores. The proceeds will be divided amongst the initiative’s four main charities – Kidney Kids Scotland, type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, British Heart Foundation and CLAN Cancer Support – plus 18 other charities nominated by the company’s regional offices and stores. 50% of these individual fundraising efforts, totalling £17,998, will go to these 18 charities with the remaining 50% will be added to the main pot to be shared by the four main recipients.

Harbro was established in 1977 to provide feed and advice to pig farmers around its Turriff base. The Group now has two feed mills in Inverness and Lanarkshire, a fleet of 45 mobile mixers. The Transpan (Scotland) logistics business and the country store chain. It is active across Scotland and Northern England and exports through an international division. The Group has annual sales in excess of £100 million.

“Hundreds of miles have been run, walked and cycled, acres of tablet made and sold, a sheep weighed, management staff ‘gunged’, three men’s legs shaved, a fashion show staged and a ball held, in a truly magnificent effort from all the staff,” says Harbro Group managing director Peter Kenyon. “We are so proud of their efforts and to have raised such a phenomenal sum and to be able to help so many worthwhile causes. It’s a very rewarding and memorable way to mark our 40th year.”

The presentations were made to the charities by Mr Kenyon and managing director Graham Baxter this week at a ceremony held at the ANM Group’s Thainstone Centre near Inverurie. Mr Baxter has been involved with Harbro since it started.