Today (Thursday) three representatives from local charities attended the Royal National Mod’s daily press conference to receive cheques from the Convenor of the Mòd nan Eilean Siar local committee, Alex MacDonald.
The representatives are Chrissy MacLeod, Manager of Crossroads Lewis, Kay Mackay, Chairwoman of the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research committee and Mary MacLeod, Chair of the Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group.
The money for Crossroads was raised at both the Ecumenical Service and Celtic Praise night which was held at Martin’s Memorial Church in Stornoway on Sunday the 16th of October. Crossroads Lewis gives home support to carers regardless of age, disability or illness and to those living alone, struggling with ill-health or loneliness. They also provide a valued Palliative service at home. A cheque for £863.85 will be given to the organisation.
On Tuesday and again on the Friday evening of Mod week two special tribute concerts for the late Ishbel MacAskill take place at An Lanntair in Stornoway. At the request of the family all the monies raised from the Tuesday evening concert will go towards the Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group. The interest shown in the Ishbel MacAskill concerts has been overwhelming and both were a complete sell out. The monies raised from the Friday evening concert will go to the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee. Both committees will receive £1500 each.
The main aim of the Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group is to give emotional support and in some cases, financial support, to people with breast cancer and their carers. The group meet once per month. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is appropriate that the Committee are supporting both cancer charities. Cancer Research UK are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Hey have saved millions of lives with their groundbreaking work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. People’s chances of surviving cancer have doubled in the last 40 years, and Cancer Research UK been at the heart of that progress.