One of the great annual sporting events on Lewis and Harris takes place this Saturday with the return of the charity football between the fire service and police.

The great play-off is set for Saturday 14 October starting at 12.30pm on the All-Weather pitch on Smith Avenue, Stornoway.

The focus of fundraising at this year's event is Neuro Hebrides.

Neuro Hebrides is part of NHS Western Isles neurological services Managed Clinical Network.

It is a patient and carer-led support group for people who live with, or care for someone with a neurological condition.

At present across the Western Isles there are approximately 5 Motor Neurone Disease sufferers, 90 MS sufferers (third highest incidence globally), 60 Parkinson's sufferers and 5 epilepsy sufferers.

And these are only a small selection of neurological conditions.

Fundraising for Neuro Hebrides will:

  • Enable the group to purchase specialised equipment and assistive technology which can then be loaned out to members to promote independent living
  • Help provide alternative therapy and activity sessions with both health and fun in mind, such as managing stress right through to day trips. All activities will be tailored to the individual, taking into account their neurological conditions.
  • Allow respite breaks for sufferers and their carers
  • Allow a group to be set up for patients and carers in Uist and Barra as well as providing sessions which appeal to young carers and young sufferers throughout the Western Isles.