Lewis Committee take home coveted award

Mabel Macleay and Jessie Murray receiving the Committee award from Director of Fundraising Lynda Thomas. .
Mabel Macleay and Jessie Murray receiving the Committee award from Director of Fundraising Lynda Thomas. .
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There were big celebrations last weekend as the Lewis Macmillan Cancer Support Committee were awarded for their dedication to the cause.

The committee were chosen from more than 650 other groups for the Macmillan Committee of the Year Award which was presented at a special ceremony in London.

There are currently 17 members of the Lewis Committee which has been part of the islands for more than 40 years. In that time the group have raised £900,000 to help support people with cancer and are on course to hit the big £1 million mark this year.

Mabel Macleay and Jessie Murray were at the ceremony in London to collect the award on Friday.

Commenting on their success Mabel said: “It’s unbelievable. We’re just proud to be part of it. It’s not just us it’s the people of the Western Isles and the Isle of Lewis - without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. The support we get if fantastic.”

Mabel continued: “It is also for all those who were on the committee and the people who over the years have helped raise funds for our wonderful Macmillan nurses and the Macmillan services by doing or holding events.

“We are a small committee of 17 which includes only one male member. I must say that we work well together as the range group is from teenager to someone in their 70s.

“We are also very lucky to have some volunteers who are not members of our committee but help us out when they can if we require extra bodies for our different fundraising events and we couldn’t do what we do sometimes without them.”

Isla Dewar, the Area Fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in the North of Scotland nominated the Committee for the award and is thrilled they were chosen from all the Macmillan groups in the UK for the special


“I nominated the Isle of Lewis Committee in recognition and appreciation of their remarkable and tireless dedication over the last 40 years in helping the charity to work towards ensuring no-one faces cancer alone,” said Isla.

“Not only have they raised a staggering amount of money, both directly and in encouraging and assisting others to raise funds, but they have successfully put Macmillan Cancer Support at the forefront of people’s minds in their community.

“Quite simply, we couldn’t do it without them and I was over the moon when I found out they had won -so well deserved for the Committee and everyone who supports them locally – thank you!”