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The final amount raised in the online campaign organised by Sandwick Bay Candles for Bethesda Home and Hospice was £69,293…and that was the total on the cheque seen here when 'candle blone' Megan Macdonald and her family visited the establishment on Springfield Road, Stornoway, yesterday (Friday May1).

She is seen in the photograph with the family, Donald, Marley, Samuel and Neeve along with Natalie Keiller and Carol Somerville from Bethesda.

On the success of her event - which raised more than 34 times the original target - Megan said it was: "An amazing response from the community and certainly shows how fabulous the community spirit is on the island."

And Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil commended the venture and the community for all they are doing.  The high levels of volunteering by the people of Na h-Eileanan an Iar is making a massive difference as the region copes with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, he said.

In 2017 figures showed that 35% of islanders were volunteering formally through an organisation or group, compared to 28% across Scotland. This figure is now expected to be much higher as communities come together during the pandemic.  He said: “The people of the islands have always gone out of their way to help others within their own communities and beyond. This cannot have been highlighted any clearer than in the current pandemic.

“Every village and community has its own voluntary support systems up and running and so many people are coming forward to offer help where needed. We should be proud of our island communities and we should all continue what we are doing and following the ongoing guidelines on social distancing.”