Over £85,000 is how much money was raised by the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK last year – thanks to islanders’ generosity.
And the total of £85,791 has amazed even the fundraisers themselves, as branch Chair Kay Mackay said: “We are absolutely amazed by our total from last year, it’s the most we’ve ever received!
“We work very hard as a committee but it’s the public generosity which has achieved this,” she continued.
“We had a fantastic response to our Door-to-Door week last August which had people collecting in every village and brought in £15,400; our Las Vegas Casino Night raised £6,000, and last year the ‘Blones Do Ben Nevis’ event raised £20,000 – and this is as well as many other fundraising events and initiatives which took places throughout the year.”
Kay added: “We want to thank the public for their support in so many ways, from individuals to local businesses. In Cancer Research UK any committee which raises over £40,000 a year is called a ‘Cherish Committee’, and those in Scotland, and down in London, can’t get over the amount we raise every year from such a small population.”
Indeed, Cancer Research UK Senior Manager Trudy Stammers commented: “2013 has been an amazing year of fundraising on the Isle of Lewis for Cancer Research UK and We would like to say a huge thank-you to Kay, the Isle of Lewis Committee and the generous people on Lewis for their support.
“Thanks to support like this, Cancer Research UK spent around £34million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.
“As one of our longest service Cancer Research UK fundraising groups; the Isle of Lewis has been fundraising since 1975, and the generosity of the people on Lewis is helping us to beat cancer sooner,” Trudy said, adding: “Moran taing from Cancer Research UK!”