Care home’s delight at donation
Community windfarm on Lewis pledges to continue cash support
POINT and Sandwick Trust (PST), the charity behind the award-winning Beinn Ghrideag community wind farm on the Isle of Lewis, has handed over a cheque for £25,000 to Bethesda care home and hospice.
And it has pledged to give the centre a total of £ 55,000 every year for the next 25 years.
It is the biggest pledge Bethesda has received in its 25-year history and means that, for the first time, staff can count on a healthy cash injection every six months to shore up their fundraising efforts.
Finance officer and fundraiser Dr Macdonald received the cheque from PST on Wednesday November 2 at an event in Ionad Stoodie.
‘ We’ve had nothing like that since we opened. In the past, every year we just started from scratch. It means a huge amount. It’s about a tenth of what we have to raise every year.
‘ We still have to raise more than £200,000 over and above that, but the good thing is we now have a cushion to start the year. It’s a big, big thing.’
Angus McCormack, chairman of PST said: ‘ We are delighted to honour our promise to Bethesda. Bethesda means so much to our community.
‘PST is delighted to be offering solid support for the next 25 years.
‘We see it as a very good investment and it has been uppermost in our minds since the earliest days of the project. This is a good and very satisfying partnership.’
Left to right: Calum Macdonald, Point and Sandwick Power Ltd business manager; Duncan Mackay, Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) vice chairman; Angus McCormack, PST chairman; Dr Macdonald, Bethesda fundraising manager; Carol Summerville, Bethesda general manager; Duncan Maclean, Bethesda chairman, and Donald John MacSween, PST general manager.