The West Side successfully ‘plastered it purple’ for Glasgow Children’s Hospital during October – and now two fundraising families want to say thank you to everyone who took part.

The Matheson family from Shader and the MacDonald family from Barvas yesterday (Monday November 5th) presented a total of £2,342.95 to the hospital charity, the result of a fantastic team effort from individuals and businesses around Lewis.

Parents Maureen and Colin Macdonald and Marina and Kenneth Matheson got together to raise funds after experiencing first-hand the life-enhancing effects of their own children having fun in hospital. Three-year-old Katie Matheson and five-year-old Riley MacDonald both have regular treatment at the hospital and benefit from play and distraction activities laid on by the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

With October designated plaster-it-purple month for the charity, the Macdonalds and Mathesons planned a purple Hallowe’en party at the Clan MacQuarrie Centre on October 26th and a grand raffle.  An Lanntair supported the charity by lighting their tower purple in October and joining in were Sgoil an Taobh Siar, which held a dress down day at school and raised £237; Anderson Macarthur in Stornoway, who raised £103.50 with a coffee afternoon; and Westsider Shona Mairi who organised a Body Shop raffle, raising £50.

Together with personal donations, the two families were able to present a total of £2,342.95 in a big cheque to the Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity.

Marina said: “Maureen and I, along with our families, would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported our fundraising events in the month of October for the plaster it purple campaign, Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. 

“The money we raised will go toward the purchase and upkeep of play equipment for the children receiving treatment, both as in-patients as well as out-patients. 

“Thank you to Lewis Builders, Tech Mobile, Alex Murray and Macmillan Engineering who gave money and items towards the party and to all the businesses and individuals who supported and donated towards our raffle and purple Halloween party. 

“You all helped hugely to bring us to the wonderful total fundraised. As usual our community and island came together and showed their support.  Thank you all so much!”

Pictures show kids enjoying the Hallowe’en party at the Clan MacQuarrie Centre on October 26th and Maureen MacDonald (left) and Marina Matheson with supporters during the campaign