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A national charity which helps local people in The Western Isles who have stroke illness has received a generous donation thanks to the children and staff at Tong Primary School.

The children at the school have raised £316 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) from a carol concert, held earlier this month.

They chose CHSS as their Head Teacher had been treated for a minor stroke earlier in the year. Following her stroke the Head Teacher had been supported by an old friend from Lewis, Mairi Chrystal, who now leads the charity’s Stroke Support Nurse Team in Aberdeen.

Suzi Morrison, Classroom Assistant said: “The advice and information on the CHSS website is really fantastic. There is also an Advice Line which I know receives a high level of calls from the Western Isles. Thank you to all the children and of course to all who donated raffle prizes and sponsored the singing.”

Ian MacLeod, Mairi Chrystal’s brother and Tong Primary School Parent Council Chairman, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, saying: “CHSS are very grateful for being chosen to benefit from this kind donation and can assure you that the money will be put to immediate good use in funding the services that CHSS provide for those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness.”

These include the excellent Volunteer Stroke Service which runs two groups in the Western Isles - one in South Lochs which meets on a monthly basis and the other in Harris which meets on a fortnightly basis.

These groups support people with communication difficulties as well as social isolation. There is also a local person-centred Heart Failure Support Service, befriending and supporting those isolated through their condition.