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The list of items to be auctioned in aid of Stornoway RNLI, Blythswood Moldova and Stornoway SERA continues to grow – and now includes a craftsman-made Harris Tweed feature chair.

The tweed chair has been donated by Harris Tweed Hebrides and is part of a range produced by Preston-based Tetrad furniture, who work closely with the Shawbost mill to create their range.

Like other items in the auction, the chair has been specifically designated to raise funds for one of the three beneficiaries of the auction on Wednesday night (18 May).

In this case it’s SERA, the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association, who are hard at work refurbishing decommissioned emergency vehicles to be sent to Moldova and Ukraine.

Margaret Ann Macleod of Harris Tweed Hebrides said: "Harris Tweed Hebrides are delighted to support SERA in our local area as they work to raise funds for the refurbishment of fire engines and other emergency vehicles for donation to those in need across Eastern Europe. 

“We all rely on the service provided by our locally-based fire crews and other emergency services; their professionalism and volunteer commitment ensure the provision of vital emergency services within the village of Shawbost and other local island communities.

“The chair is a truly handcrafted piece of natural furniture made using Harris Tweed and solid wood. Each and every part of this chair has been skilfully crafted by hand, from turning the wood to upholstering the chair in handwoven Harris Tweed Hebrides fabric.”

Over 80 lots are on display for pre-auction viewing between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Cabarfeidh Ball Room on Tuesday (17 May).

They include antiques, artwork and memorabilia, as well as services such as a joiner or a painter for a day and experiences including a day’s fly-fishing at Uig Lodge.

In every case, the price fetched by the lot at auction will raise money either for SERA, for Blythswood Moldova or for Stornoway RNLI.

The picture shows Blythswood Moldova representative Charlie Nicolson with Margaret Ann Macleod of Harris Tweed Hebrides, George Macarthur from Shawbost Fire Station and Ian Murray of Stornoway SERA with the donated chair.