A new centre for cancer patients and their families is to be supported by this year’s emergency services charity football match, scheduled for Saturday 10th August.

Western Isles Community Care Initiative (WICCI) announced the new initiative last month, as a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Care. The new premises will offer a space for group activities and individual continuing support, including counselling and complementary therapies, and the fitting out costs will be supported by this year’s 999 match.

The emergency services charity football match has become a regular calendar fixture, organised by a committee of two police officers and two retained firefighters. Over the past three years over £20,000 has been raised, supporting local causes such as Lucky2BHere, who installed five defibrillators with the donation, and NeuroHebrides, who were able to become a registered charity thanks to the donation.

The match, between Stornoway Police and Firefighters, will kick off at 3.30pm on August 10th at the Smith Avenue pitch and will see a team of firefighters pitted against an ‘all other services’ team including Coastguards and RNLI team members. In recent years the fire service have been the usual winners, but with the scorelines getting closer, this year the other services will be hoping for a change of form.

The match itself will be followed by a quiz night and raffle at the Lewis & Harris Rangers Supporters Club, supported by all emergency services including Scottish Ambulance, Fire Scotland, Coastguard and RNLI.

Any donations for the raffle can be made by contacting the organising team, via Davie on 07901 050205.