The Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery is celebrating its third birthday this month … and looking at the impact it's made over that time in Stornoway, Broadbay and Point.
Organisers say that, given the higher level of population within this area, it was expected to benefit from the highest level of funding.
"The support from both businesses and individuals has been tremendous. The majority of the area’s funding was distributed to Stornoway Amenity Trust to continue the upgrades they had provided to the community over the last 20 years and the Lottery Team were only too happy to join their Committee to assist them in their Summer planting and Christmas lighting projects.
In addition to these two main projects, however, additional sums were granted to:
- Set up the popular Lego Club with Western Isles Libraries;
- Provide LED colour changing lighting on the Porter’s Lodge and “YM” Bridge;
- Purchase character outfits which have been used by a variety of community groups for events;
- Install bench sets at Coll beach;
- Install a bench on Church Street in partnership with Acute Psychiatry Unit, WI Health Board;
- Organise the Disney Day in the Town centre;
- Finance the Gress Memorial unveiling event;
- Finance the Peppa Pig Walk;
- Powerwashing and replanting of Laxdale Memorial (Craggan’s corner);
The Team are currently awaiting the green light to undertake their largest project to date and will announce the details shortly.
Ian Minty of the now disbanded Stornoway Amenity Trust said “In the three years since the birth of Western Isles Lottery the Stornoway Amenity Trust (SAT) has benefitted from financial assistance to the tune of £57,000. This is a huge sum and SAT is immensely grateful to the Lottery Team for its support.
"The money has been used for, amongst other things, new flags and lights on the poles on South Beach. The summer planting displays have been beautiful throughout the summer months and the ongoing maintenance of the wooden sculptures has been vital, with the addition of the “Stornoway” bench, all crafted by Uisdean Paterson, as well as seating in Perceval Square.
"But perhaps the most important support has been for the Christmas lights and the celebrations, including fire work displays, connected with turning on the lights.
"The hugely popular appearances in the Town Hall of the Frozen Themed Shows in 2018 and the parade with Peat & Diesel in 2019, for instance, would not have been possible without the support of the Lottery."