Can you help save the Foyer?

The Gazette announced last week that a local charity, which supports vulnerable young people, was going to have to shut due to sudden and unexpected loss of windfarm generated income representing a quarter of its annual required budget.

By John A. MacInnes
Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 8:03 am
Western Isles Foyer are trying to raise the funds to stay open.
Western Isles Foyer are trying to raise the funds to stay open.

The Foyer has been overwhelmed by the messages of support from the local community with offers to try and help save the charity.

The messages received from young people (past and present service-users) have been particularly poignant. One young person, who would prefer to remain anonymous. stated: “I probably wouldn’t still be alive if it wasn’t for the support of you guys.”

Inspired by the passion and strength of feeling about the service’s closure staff decided to try, with the help and support of the young people who use the service, to try and do everything that they can to save the organisation before the proposed date of service closure on the December 2.

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A spokesperson for the Foyer said: “With this in mind we have started a JustGiving campaign to try and hit the fundraising target of £50,000 to replace the loss of PST grant income.”

You can find the appeal at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/foyer

Rebecca Mahony, Western Isles Foyer Service Manager said: “Myself and the staff team and service-users are all united in our wish to save Western Isles Foyer. We are realists however and understand that it is a massive challenge to raise this amount within the time-scales required. However, we exist to support young people and I want to respect and honour their desire to try and help save Foyer.

“Who am I to try and put limits and boundaries on the hopes and dreams of young people?” We have agreed that if we are unable to reach the required fundraising target of £50,000 that any donations received will be distributed amongst other local charities impacted by loss of PST income.”