Care home’s de­light at do­na­tion

Com­mu­nity wind­farm on Lewis pledges to con­tinue cash sup­port

The Oban Times - - NEWS - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

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.

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