Fam­ily of lost fish­er­man do­nate thou­sands to RNLI sta­tion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE Isle of Barra lifeboat sta­tion has re­ceived a mas­sive do­na­tion of £ 8,750 from the friends, fam­ily and lo­cal com­mu­nity of Martin John­stone, who died along­side two crew mates when the fish­ing ves­sel MV Louisa sank off Min­gu­lay on April 9, 2016.

Mr John­stone’s fam­ily raised the funds by hold­ing a marathon linedanc­ing fundrais­ing event in the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion in Thurso.

Barra lifeboat was ac­tively in­volved in the search for the crew of the MV Louisa. The fam­ily stated that they had wanted to raise the funds in sup­port of the Barra lifeboat sta­tion and their vol­un­teer crew and to help oth­ers in the fu­ture.

Barra lifeboat op­er­a­tions man­ager Rod­er­ick MacLean said: ‘On be­half of Barra lifeboat sta­tion, we are very ap­pre­cia­tive of this mag­nif­i­cent sum that was raised in mem­ory of Martin John­stone and his crew mates Paul Al­lis­ton and Chris Mor­ri­son.

‘The fam­ily have asked that the sum be used to­wards our new build­ing, which we hope will be started next year.’

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