Representatives of Neuro Hebrides were stunned last night (Wednesday December 6) to receive £5483.15 as a donation from the annual Charity 999 Football Game organisers, which brings together Stornoway-based police and fire service personnel every year in fund-raising rivalry.
In a departure from usual practice, those involved with the group – which had just held one of its regular meetings – had no idea how much has been raised until the 999 organisers unveiled the giant cheque. They said they were “speechless” when the total was read out and promised they would make very good use of the donation which is far bigger than others received so far.
The police team won the match held on Saturday October 14th on the all-weather pitch on Smith Avenue and the organisers thanked local businesses for their continued support for the game that enabled such suns to be raised for a good cause.
Also presented to Neuro Hebrides was a special presentation cabinet contained a team photo from the game and the specially designed goalkeepers gloves made for the game.
Neuro Hebrides has existed for around a year and aims to bring together those who have – or are involved with the care of someone with - a neurological condition such as MS, Parkinsons, ME, PoTS, MND or Epilepsy.
The group currently meets every six weeks and offers companionship and mutual support, with guest speakers invited along to each meeting.
By sharing views and experiences in a friendly and informal setting, information gathered will also help identify gaps in local and national neurology services.
New members are very welcome as are suggestions and ideas towards helping develop the group.