£17,000 for Bethesda

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The Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway has been presented with a cheque for ££17,000 as a result of a sponsored cycle from the Isle of Barra to the Butt of Lewis carried out by two men.

They were Iain McGillvray and Norman Macdonald who cycled the 260 miles in two days covering nine islands, starting in Vatersay, Barra. They raised a total of ££34,000 which is being divided between the Bethesda Hospice and the Highland Hospice in Inverness.

Iain is a son of Douggie and Kay McGillvray who run the Borve Hotel in Lewis and Norman runs the Cafe No. 1 restaurant in Castle Street, Inverness. His mother comes from Inaclete in Lewis and his father from Cluer in Harris.

The Bethesda fundraiser, D R Macdonald said: ‘We are delighted with this support for the hospice. It was a tremendous effort by these two lads in adverse weather conditions. This is the largest ever donation from a sponsored event in a 12 month period and covers our share of the revenue costs of the hospice for one month.”