The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

LOCHABER char­i­ties are be­ing in­vited to ap­ply for a cash boost from a gift shop owner.

Maria Wil­son took over the run­ning of the gift shop aboard the Ja­co­bite steam train last year. The steam train, which runs from Fort Wil­liam to Mal­laig will op­er­ate from April to De­cem­ber this year and Maria plans to run a daily fundrais­ing raf­fle for pas­sen­gers. She said: ‘I took over the run­ning of the Ja­co­bite gift shop last year from a gen­tle­man who runs Glen­finnan mu­seum. He car­ried out raf­fles and do­nated small amounts to nu­mer­ous char­i­ties, how­ever, I stopped it last year be­cause, with just tak­ing the busi­ness over, I wanted to find my feet be­fore I car­ried it on. I de­cided rather than do­nat­ing small amounts to lots of char­i­ties, I would do­nate a lump sum in­stead and con­tinue this ev­ery year. I in­tend to select the char­ity by the end of March and the do­na­tion will be made by the end of De­cem­ber. I’m hop­ing I get a good few ap­pli­cants. I‘ ve al­ready had some come through and am ex­cited I can maybe help make a small dif­fer­ence to Lochaber.’

If you know or run a char­ity that you think would ben­e­fit from a do­na­tion email Ja­co­bite­ca­ter­ing@gmail.com giv­ing de­tails of the char­ity and how this do­na­tion would help.

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