Old Hollywood theme for local charity fundraiser

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Chrisanna MacDonald set up new foundation, Isle Save A Life, in June this year with friends, Josie Naan, Gillian MacDonald, Sharon Morrison, Maureen Campbell and Carl Easton.

Chrisanna had a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant in August 2007, and in February 2014 had to undertake dialysis as the kidney transplant failed after she contracted pneumonia and pleurisy in the summer of 2013.

She said: “I really wanted to do some fundraising for the Western Isles Kidney Patient Association to acknowledge all the help they have given me and others.”

The group primarily raise awareness of the need for organ donation along with raising funds for WIKPA and the British Heart Foundation, who also helped and supported Maureen throughout her heart transplant.

Chrisanna continued: “Since June we have held bag packing session in the local Tesco, have had a stall at the Carnival and have sold over 1000 wristbands to promote the cause.”

Wristbands are available from Back Shop and Engebretsens but will be distributed to Harris, Uists and rural Lewis in the following weeks.

Isle Save A Life are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, 1st November, in the Caberfeidh Hotel taking the theme of “Old Hollywood”, where guests are to come as their favourite movie star/character, with prizes for best dressed.

A raffle is to be held on the night with hundreds of various prizes that have been donated by local companies as well as those further afield. Attendees also have a chance to win return air tickets to either Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The evening will be hosted by local comedienne Carina MacLeod alongside Anna Devitt, and top Lewis Band “Rock Island Line” are performing along with a set from Ms Sophie Davis.

Tickets are available from Events, Cromwell Street, Stornoway and are priced £35 for dinner/dance and £15 for dance only.

Chrisanna said: “We have further events planned over the coming year, a charity football match, a “naked” calendar, a “walk a mile in her shoes” sponsored walk for guys in high heels and a celebrity auction to name but a few.

“We have had numerous donations from celebrities such as Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Elton John, Rangers FC and Liverpool FC to name a few.”

Chrisanna has also set up a Facebook page following her journey to another transplant and you can find out more about Isle Save a Life here.