The total raised in donations to the Bethesda on-line appeal by Sandwick Bay Candles exceeded £68,000 by the time the deadline passed at 4pm yesterday (Wednesday April 29th).

And donations continued after the deadline…with the total reaching £69,118 by 10am today.  This was 34 times the original target!

The amount raised had carried on increasing at more than £1000 an hour during the evening of Tuesday April 28 and on through yesterday morning, rising to £100 a minute over a frantic lunchtime period.

More than 1,300 people were on-line from all round the world for the draw which started after 8pm last night and required a special licence because of the quantity of prizes on offer and scale of donations. 

There were more than 130 prizes donated for the event.  The broadcast on Facebook took almost 90 minutes – it’s available to watch on the Sandwick Bay Candles Facebook Page.

The original Sandwick Bay Candle Hamper prize was won by Catherine Asprey. Free food for life from the Crown Hotel was won by David Macleod.

More than 3684 individual donations were made.

The on-line fundraising campaign for Bethesda hospice past £26,000 overnight on Sunday April 26th and then just went viral.  A flood of small donations and an anonymous £100 took the total past £30,000 around 8pm on Monday.

Sandwick Bay Candles' Megan Macdonald originally launched the virtual raffle in aid of Bethesda hospice with a hamper worth £100 and the modest aim of raising £2,000 for the vital local service.

Below is the countdown up to the deadline as reported earlier via welovestornoway.com

04.17 30.04.2020 – total reached…£68,908

16.09 29.04.2020 – total reached…£68,286

15.42 29.04.2020 – total reached…£66,623

14.11 29.04.2020 – total reached…£61,659

12.32 29.04.2020 – total reached…£56,527

09.23 29.04.2020 – total reached…£50,152

08.52 29.04.2020 – total reached…£49,282

06.12 29.04.2020 – total reached…£47,931

22.08 28.04.2020 – total reached…£44,603

21.09 28.04.2020 – total reached…£43,221

19.44 28.04.2020 – total reached…£40,857

18.40 28.04.2020 – total reached…£39,250

14.10 28.04.2020 – total reached…£35,778

05.52 28.04.2020 – total reached…£33,276

20.05 27.04.2020 – total reached…£30,113

18.53 27.04.2020 – total reached…£29,257

14.45 27.04.2020 – total reached…£27,847

Prizes:

  • Hebscape Gallery - £50 voucher and photography book Solas by Darren hebscapegallery.co.uk
  • The Portsoy Gift Box - £25 gift voucher
  • Bliss Therapy - £35 gift voucher with Annemarie
  • Cutting Room and Allure Beauty Therapy - microdermabrasion facial and blowdry 
  • The Chief Cook - £25 voucher
  • Hygge Hebrides - x1 night stay in brand new glamping pod with smorgasbord meal 
  • KopiJava - hamper x2 1kg bag of coffee beans and cafetiere valued £60
  • Angus Campbell's Ltd - £50 voucher
  • Stornoway Golf Club - introductory golf membership £100 
  • Boots Pharmacy - £50 gift card
  • SparKlean - £25 voucher
  • Buttercup and Wren - £40 voucher
  • Sweenyness - lambskin rug
  • Donald Smith Graphic Design - set of 3 Scottish posters
  • The Barbers - 3 free men's haircuts
  • Sixan7 Self Catering, New Holdings - 2 night stay for up to 6 adults (low season) 
  • Ralia Hair extensions & Makeup - 1-1 make up training day £199
  • 3 Sail Loft - weekend stay (Fri-Sun) when restrictions lifted  https://www.3sailloft.co.uk/
  • Back and Sides - men's hamper
  • M Mac Photography - photoshoot valued at £60 
  • Anderson & Macarthur / Hebridean Estate Agency - 12 bottles of wine
  • Carpet World - £50 voucher
  • Hebridean Copper Kettle Fudge - hamper of fudge
  • Loom Graphics - King and Queen T-shirt  https://www.loomgraphics.com/
  • Cross Stores Ness - £50
  • Eilidh's Wedding and Events company - £100 voucher
  • Scalpay Shellfish hamper
  • Scalpay Harris Tweed - £50 voucher
  • Rangers Club - bottle of Whisky and club merchandise 
  • Eagleton Bed and Breakfast - 1 night stay
  • David Speer - Pet Portrait valued at £100
  • N°11 Hair By Lynette - Cut and Blowdry
  • Tangles Hair Design - £50 voucher with Emma
  • Artizan - piece of jewellery worth £100
  • Buildbase - x2 Bulk Bags of Concrete Mix, x10 Rugby Cement 25kg bags. Delivered to site in Lewis or Harris.
  • HebrideanGems - 30cm by 30cm piece of abstract fluid art
  • Makeup by Al - £30 voucher https://www.facebook.com/muamaca/
  • Floor to Floor - 80 x 150cm rug
  • M Mac Photography - photoshoot
  • Tesco - giftcards
  • Sea PINK aroma - £50 voucher
  • Hebridean Bothy Pods - x1 night stay www.hebrideanbothypods.com
  • Island Dark Room - 25 x 25cm print www.islanddarkroom.com
  • Shiantview Cottage, Orinsay, Isle of Lewis - 4 night stay (mid October - end of March) www.hebrideanselfcateringholidays.com 
  • Islewear Jewellery - £100 voucher
  • Margarita Williams, Holmasaig Gallery - £100 voucher 
  • Brue House - £100 to spend on Harris Tweed products www.bruehouse.co.uk 
  • The Lighthouse Gift Shop - Harris Gin bottle lamp with Harris Tweed shade
  • Salka Jewellery - £100 of sea glass jewellery  www.salkajewellery.com/ 
  • The Crown Inn Hotel Stornoway - Takeaway pizza and sides for 4  AND if we reach £20000 in donations they are offering FREE food for LIFE for ONE person. T&C's apply
  • Body and Sole - skin care pack http://www.bodyandsolestornoway.co.uk/
  • Cards and gift wrap - craft kit   www.cardsandgiftwrap.co.uk/
  • The Blue Lobster - voucher for 2 hot drinks, 2 bakes and a mini goodybag from their fabulous lifestyle shop
  • Bronwen Roberts Hair - cut blowdry and Olaplex (Inverness) treatment www.facebook.com/bronwenrobertshairx/
  • Immerse Hebrides - £30 voucher   www.immersehebrides.com/
  • Stramash Ness Hamper of goodies  www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StramashNess
  • Camerons Chip Shop - £20 voucher
  • The Crafty Weaver - Harris Tweed items www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheCraftyWeaverStore
  • Maybury Gardens - filled pot  www.bespoke-blooms.co.uk/
  • Rosemarie's Pantry - cake and cookies  www.rosemariespantry.co.uk/
  • Gill Thompson Harbour Print - pack of cards  www.facebook.com/gillthompsonartistprintmaker/
  • Halo Bags - Mixed Family bag of goodies  www.facebook.com/halobagsstornoway/
  • Tropic Skincare with Sharon - £50 voucher  www.tropicskincare.com/sharonmacdonald 
  • Stag Bakeries - 3 delicious cakes www.stagbakeries.co.uk/
  • Hebrides Dance Studio - £25 voucher http://www.hebridesdance.co.uk/
  • BE Designed by K £20 voucher  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BEDesignedbyK
  • Callanish Digital Design - print or chopping board https://www.callanishdigitaldesign.com/
  • Eleven Restaurant - £50 voucher  https://www.caladhinn.co.uk/stornoway-restaurants-2/
  • Delights - £75 voucher http://www.delights-hebridean.com/
  • Pickleberry Studios - handcrafted goodies  https://www.instagram.com/pickleberrystudios/
  • The Lash and Brow Room - £30 voucher  https://www.instagram.com/the_lashandbrow_room/
  • Sugar Sweet Treats - treat box  https://www.instagram.com/sugarsweettreatssty/
  • Fitness Studio Stornoway - £50 voucher  https://www.instagram.com/fitnessstudiosy/
  • Co-op Macaulay Road - Fabulous Hamper
  • Body Shop - Louise Morrison £50 of products
  • Sea in Design - £30 voucher https://www.facebook.com/seaanddesign/
  • Eilean Siar Hampers - small gift box  https://www.facebook.com/eileansiarhampers/
  • Aperture Lane Photography - £70 digital gift voucher https://www.aperturelanephotography.com/
  • Gneiss Things - pair of handcarved stone keyrings  https://www.gneiss-things.com/
  • Island Whisky Shop - bottle of Jura Whisky
  • Pixie Bheag - https://www.facebook.com/PixieBheag
  • Ishga - men's and women's gift set  https://uk.ishga.com/
  • Blue Reef Cottages - 2 night stay. To be taken during low season November to March excluding Christmas/New Year and if / when restrictions are lifted. Max occupancy 2 adults.          https://www.stay-hebrides.com/
  • Coralbox Gift Shop - otter teatowel  https://www.ecwid.com/store/coralbox/
  • Hebrides Alpha - Harris Tweed Clock  http://www.harristweedclock.co.uk/
  • Influence - https://www.facebook.com/Influencestornoway/
  • ENJO with Debbie Lamb - £30 voucher  https://www.facebook.com/enjoukwithdebbielamb/
  • Dancing Flower Crafts - 2 prizes Harris Tweed washbag £25 and cushion £55  https://m.facebook.com/dancingflowercrafts
  • Moorfield Cottage - Isle of Harris. Any winter week Saturday to Saturday between the end of September and end of March either this year 2020/21 or 2021/22. Ideal for a couple  https://www.facebook.com/moorfieldharris/
  • Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking - x3 riding lessons for 2 people valued at £90  https://www.tolsta41.com/
  • Comunn Eachdraidh Nis - afternoon tea for 3 people
  • Donnie's Wee Tablet Shed - 1kg of tablet www.lochleventabletcompany.co.uk
  • Home and Floors - £50 voucher
  • Lewisian Nice - harris tweed heart garland and lucky dip bag
  • Corncrake Holiday cottage - weekend getaway
  • Edith & Finlay's Habost Hens - Hamper including eggs, candle, prosecco, bottle of gin, mug, chocolate, biscuits etc
  • £25 xbox voucher - from Aidan (gifting from his birthday presents!)
  • Adventure Island Stornoway - family visit includes two kids entry, food and drink for two adults/two children
  • Isle of Harris Distillers - A martini serve gift set (shipping only within the UK)
  • Sundown Cottages - 2 night stay  https://sundown-cottages.com/
  • Kenny Macarthur and Bruce Mackenzie - 2 tradesmen/joiners for the day
  • The Sports Emporium - TSE Wheely Holdall Luggage Bag - 90L Capacity (Norrie Petrie) Free UK Shipping
  • Derek Mackinnon Photography - £150 framed photo https://www.derekmackinnonphotography.co.uk/
  • Rarebird - £50 voucher 
  • Uig Candles - £50 voucher
  • Decor8 - £100 voucher
  • Surf Lewis - £40 voucher
  • Coaching with Alanah - 12 week nutrition coaching program
  • Stornoway Painters and Decorators - £50 paint voucher
  • Hebrides Bothy - 1 night stay https://hebridesbothy.com/
  • Moran Gaol - £30 voucher https://www.facebook.com/morangaol
  • Alice Mac Prints - A fabulous skylarks print  https://www.alicemacprints.co.uk/
  • EJayDesign - Gold hanging frame of Scotland  https://www.facebook.com/EJaydesign/
  • County Hotel Stornoway - £50 voucher
  • Tiger Textiles - framed print www.tigertextiles.moonfruit.com/ 
  • Heb Fizzies - £25 goodie bag www.facebook.com/Hebfizzies
  • Island Bites, Isle of Harris - £20 voucher
  • Harris & Lewis Smokehouse - £50 voucher
  • Laxdale Holiday Park - 2 nights in a Wigwam for 2 people  http://www.laxdaleholidaypark.com/
  • Lewis Macleod Driving School - 5 driving lessons and a guaranteed slot in the driving school
  • The Kitchen Centre - £250 to be used against a fitted kitchen or fitted bathroom
  • Heatherlea Cottage, Skigersta Isle of Lewis - 4 night stay  https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/31138149