The projects for Lionel School's new football pitch and the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis expansion both received a welcome boost to their fundraising campaigns with the news that Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny will compete in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow on the 29 September to raise funds on their behalf.

The funds raised will be divided equally between the two Ness projects.

The Lionel School new football pitch project will be a Community Project co-ordinated by Councillor Kenny Macleod and Sarah Campbell who is the Community Learning and Development Officer. The plan is to get as many local people and businesses involved in redeveloping the football pitch. This will involve ploughing up the existing pitch, reseeding and finally fencing it off.

Support will be welcome from the Ness community particularly from those individuals and businesses that have the equipment and expertise for such a project. Fundraising will be a major factor in ensuring its completion.

The Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (CEN)expansion projectis in its final stage with work to be completed in the main entrance area, the setting up of the museum and external landscaping. The shop and cafeteria with its new kitchen have been completed much to the delight of the Ness community and visitors from far and near.

Fundraising will be ongoing for the expansion project because it is a significant investment and a manageable challenge for CEN’s financial budget.

Charles said “I’m delighted to be able to support these two great Ness community projects. Fundraising has always been a major challenge for charity and community projects, particularly nowadays when external funding is more difficult to obtain. It is clear that both projects will benefit the whole of the Ness community, both young and old. The new football pitch at Lionel School will benefit the pupils in so many ways by participating in outdoor sports. The benefits of sport on health and wellbeing, being part of a team and socialising with others are well documented. But most of all, the new football pitch will create an improved environment for the pupils to simply enjoy themselves in the great outdoors, a health benefit which should not be under estimated.’’

Charles added ‘’ The CEN expansion project is very ambitious but is already benefitting the Ness community. I am very impressed by the hard work and dedication of their small team of talented staff supported by the many volunteers who freely give of their time and expertise, and who add that little bit extra for the benefit of local people. The standard of facilities that CEN provides is excellent, but I know that it doesn’t come cheap. CEN’s expansion plans have required significant financial investment. The ongoing maintenance costs in running the expanded facilities will require a greater focus on fundraising which, through my Great Scottish Run, I’m pleased to support.’’

Sarah Campbell, Community Learning and Development Officer, said “A massive thank you to Charles for choosing to support the redevelopment of Lionel School Football Pitch. It will be a big undertaking but will be of great benefit to the community. Anyone wishing to be part of the project, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Councillor Kenny Macleod said “We are pleased that Charles has agreed to share his fundraising this year between Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and the Lionel School Football Pitch redevelopment. From the outset, the school football pitch redevelopment has the aim of getting the community involved in the project. We are indeed very grateful to Charles for his kind gesture and we would hope that the community will support Charles in his fundraising efforts for these two very worthwhile community causes.”

Donna Dorris of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis said “We are delighted that Charles has chosen to fundraise for Comunn Eachdraidh Nisagain this year. It has been an extremely busy year for us and we will use the funds raised to continue to improve CEN for the benefit of the community and the North Lewis area. Best of luck Charles with your training and on the day of the run.”

Photographs shows Charles with his faithful German Shepherd, Cuilean, who accompanies him on his training runs and long walks over the machair.