A tribute fund has been set up in memory of Scalpay footballer Deej Mackay, who passed away early in August.

The popular man with a beaming smile and a love for life had received treatment at the Beatson Centre in Glasgow, and his family have set up a fundraiser to honour his memory and thank those who took such good care of him.

On the JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/deejmackay the family have written: “When Deej was diagnosed with bowel cancer he never complained and took each challenge on with a positive attitude, the same as he did in life.

“We want to say thank you to Dr Alex Macdonald, oncologist, and the entire team at the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow for their support and care during his treatment.”

Deej had most recently worked in Portugal for the shipping company Maersk, but despite being away from home for some time he was always considered a permanent feature of the Isle of Harris.

He had played full-back for Harris Football Club for many seasons and later turned out for Glasgow Island, where he was described as ‘a much-loved and loyal team-mate’. When at home, he played for the Harris Welfare team.

The huge respect and affection felt for Deej by his home community was shown at his interment on Friday 7 August, as people turned out along the roadside in Tarbert and on the route to Luskentyre cemetery, where he was laid to rest.

And it’s also being marked in the response to the fundraiser, which is bringing in generous donations accompanied by tributes describing him as ‘a great friend’, ‘one of the best’ and ‘a real, genuine, likeable chap.’