Din­ner raises £11,000 for Fort mu­seum funds

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than £11,000 was raised at a char­ity event as lo­cal peo­ple and busi­ness folk con­gre­gated to sup­port a Fort Wil­liam mu­seum.

A to­tal of 123 peo­ple at­tended the spe­cial din­ner last Satur­day night in the Moor­ings Ho­tel.

Or­gan­ised by the com­mit­tee of the West High­land Mu­seum, the funds were raised through games, a raf­fle and an ‘in­cred­i­ble’ auc­tion which saw bid­ders com­pete for fish­ing pack­ages, Range Rover ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­clu­sive whisky.

Colleen Barker, who has man­aged the mu­seum for more than five years, said she or­gan­ised the event to help cover the build­ing’s run­ning and un­ex­pected costs.

She ex­plained: ‘The idea for the event came about when in the first week of this fi­nan­cial year our boiler packed in. That was a bill of £ 5,000 so my aim was to cover that but we ended up dou­bling that and a bit more. The at­mos­phere on the night was tremen­dous. We had live mu­sic and I think every­one en­joyed them­selves. I can’t thank peo­ple enough who helped out. The gen­eros­ity of not just lo­cal busi­nesses but lo­cal peo­ple has been won­der­ful.’

John Hutchi­son ex­plained the in­de­pen­dent mu­seum has re­lied more heav­ily on fundrais­ing and vis­i­tors to keep it afloat in re­cent years as sup­port from grants has di­min­ished.

He added: ‘We went for free ad­mis­sion four or five years ago so the num­ber of vis­i­tors is good but Colleen and the com­mit­tee do a won­der­ful job of keeping things tick­ing over.’

Pho­to­graph Iain Ferguson, The Write Im­age.

Guest speaker at the West High­land Mu­seum fundrais­ing din­ner Mairi Hed­der­wick, se­cond right, with mu­seum rep­re­sen­ta­tives Iain Peter Mac­Don­ald, left, Colleen Barker and John Hutchi­son.

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