The popular band Skipinnish is once again putting its public support behind the Eilidh Macleod Memorial Trust - nearly two years after Eilidh lost her life in the Manchester Arena attack.
Skipinnish responded to the tragedy of Eilidh’s death one year ago, when their song Wishing Well was re-released with amended lyrics, as a tribute and fundraiser in Eilidh’s memory.
The song was written by Angus MacPhail, accordionist and founder member of the band, who met Eilidh’s parents before adding to the lyrics with their consent.
He and other supporters also ran the Manchester 10k and the Edinburgh half-marathon in 2018 to raise additional funds.
On Wednesday (May 1st) the band announced: “We are fundraising once again for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust to help to raise money for the building of a permanent memorial to Eilidh on Barra. The design for the memorial has now been completed and it is hoped that it will be finished for the summer of next year, if funds can be raised. “Angus will join the Team Eilidh runners for the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday the 19th of May and then a few other members of the Skipinnish crew will join him to run the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 26th of May.
“Last year we managed to contribute a total of £6048.94 to the charity. This was reached by generous donations from the public as well as from the proceeds of the download release of our song Wishing Well.”
The Skipinnish fundraising page has a target of £2,000, with over £500 already pledged. The band are hoping to hit their target before the date of the Edinburgh run and you can contribute by going to their page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/skipinnish2
The memorial statue of Eilidh, expected to be in place early in 2020, is being cast in bronze by artist Jenna Gearing and will be sited in a memorial garden overlooking Vatersay. It features a young piper with her hand extended to support a child, who is also holding a chanter. The fund is also intended to support young musicians from the islands, as Eilidh was a dedicated piper with Sgoil Lionacleit pipe band.
The pictures show Angus MacPhail and members of Team Eilidh after last year’s Edinburgh run, and lyrics from the Skipinnish song Wishing Well projected onto buildings in St Ann’s Square in Manchester at the first anniversary of the tragedy. (Skipinnish).
The maquette of the proposed memorial statue is also pictured (Eilidh Macleod Memorial Trust).