Raising Bethesda funds with a wee dram

Captain Neil Murray with the political whiskies up for auction.
Captain Neil Murray with the political whiskies up for auction.

GENEROUS islanders can raise a dram to Bethesda Care Home and Hospice this year as five bottles of top-notch political whiskies – complete with politician signatures – are up for auction.

Lewis resident Captain Neil Murray has secured the amber nectars and is keen to raise as much as possible when they are auctioned later this summer as part of the annual Bethesda Celebrity Dinner Auction with charity supporter and former football star Kenny Dalglish.

“If I can do this one small bit to highlight the fantastic work of Bethesda then I will,” said Captain Murray.

“I’ve had relations in Bethesda and I’ve seen the benefits to patients it provides – the level and care of attention there is second to none.

“The community appreciates the work of Bethesda, but the task of raising funds to keep that high level is on-going as there is always someone in need, so I’m very pleased to be doing my bit.”

Up for auction are three malts – a 10 year old Speyside Scottish Parliament Single Malt, signed by First Minister Alex Salmond; a 10 year old Macallam House of Commons Single Malt, signed by Alasdair Darling, Ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer and regular visitor to the Western Isles; and a 10 year old House of Lords Single Malt, signed by Lord Neil Kinnock.

And there are two blended whiskies to bid on – a House of Lords blend, signed by Lord Mackay, Ex-Lord Chancellor; and a Scottish Parliament blend, signed by First Minister Alex Salmond and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Dave Thompson.

Bids for the auction will be taken now – so if you fancy owning the politically branded tipples you can contact DR MacDonald at Bethesda (01851 706222) or Captain Murray on 07816666975.