At 1114, on Monday May 12, the total was at £5610.

John J Maclennan, who started the appeal less than week ago, has now raised the target again to £6000.   And he is asking that donors leave their email addresses when they make their donations as he hopes to thanks each one personally.

At 1900, On Sunday May 11, total was at £5000.

John J Maclennan, who started the appeal, said of the achievement: "We must emphasise that it is the Ccommunity that merit the credit and the RNLI's gratitude to them in these times when traditional fund raising  is suspended - e.g. the RNLI shop is closed, flag days suspended, no bag packing etc."

At 1509 10.05.2020 total was £4690…but target – which began as £500 – is now set at £5000!

At 0600 10.05.2020 total was £4260 …

There's an on-line chance to support the Stornoway RNLI…which, like all the local charities, is badly affected by the closure of shops and limits on public gatherings during the Coronavirus Emergency.

Veteran RNLI supporter John J Maclennan – who was employed by the Stornoway Pier and Harour Commission and Stornoway Port Authority for 27 years from 1983 and served as Chief Executive from 1996 until his retirement in 2010 – decided to cycle his way to some funds for the organisation.

Photograph by Ali Finlayson

John explains: "I have been a supporter of the Stornoway Lifeboat since becoming a crew member back in 1971. Currently I serve as Chairman of the Stornoway Branch.

"It was my intention to ask for sponsorship for cycling from Stornoway to Carloway via Breasclete and back on 9th May 2020 - my 70th birthday.

"However, the forecast is not too good for Saturday , so I completed the 37 mile cycle trip today (Wednesday May 6)."

He reminds us all that the RNLI is entirely funded by voluntary contributions.

The initial fundraising target was £500…but this morning (0927, 07.05.2020)  the total stood at £1165 with 51 supporters.

By the evening - 20.00 - the total had reached £1935 with with 83 supporters.

John Maclennan later wrote on the Justgiving Page; "I am utterly amazed by the generosity of all who have donated to the worthy cause of Stornoway Lifeboat.

"Our Lifeboat Station has a long and distinguished track record of service to our Island Community and all seafarers regardless of nationality or creed.

"I am justifiably proud of the men and women who continue to man our Lifeboat as well as those who work tirelessly on the shore-side and fund raising. Above all the Lifeboat Institution is wholly dependent on voluntary contributions. So a heartfelt thank-you to all who have contributed."

By Friday night May 8, a total of £2855 has been raised by 120 supporters

And the total continues to rise…by 8.36 on Saturday morning, May 9, it had reached £3035 from 124 supporters.

John commented: "Today I hit the Big 70 - well virtually in these days of Lockdown. The Big Reality for me today is that in a short time over 120 wonderful people have seen fit to sponsor me and in so doing have so far donated ver £3000 to our Stornoway Lifeboat. That is a wonderful and best Birthday present. So a massive thank you to all family, friends and supporters not just in Lewis but as far away as New York, Marvig, Plocrapool, Leverburgh, Glasgow etc etc.

The photo is of a young and much smaller and younger John 'Booly" on the RNLB Arun class lifeboat Hugh William Viscount Gough which was based in Stornoway from 1973–1984.

By 15.32, Saturday May 9, the total was £3995 from 152 supporters…and John had moved the target again…to £4000…so where next!

Here's the link…