With island organisations still trying to keep up with fast-changing lockdown regulations, some organisations and customers have taken time out to thank employees for their continuing dedication.

Among those putting their appreciation into the public domain was Donald McIntosh, manager of Blar Buidhe care home in Stornoway, who said: “I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my staff here at The Blar. Despite the current climate and uncertainty, you have shown up every day to provide care and support for our most vulnerable. 

“You are all here, doing everything to put on a happy face and maintain some sense of normality. We are nursing and caring in an ever-changing environment and I know you are all 100% committed to doing your very best for our residents, their friends and loved ones.  On behalf of your residents and their families, thank you!”

Staff at Charlie Barley’s butchers on Ropework Street were sent home with a bundle of goodies on Saturday by manager Rona Macdonald and her staff were quick to show their appreciation.

They posted on social media: “Wow what a week!  All the gang here want to say a massive Thank you to Rona MacDonald! She’s been everything we have needed and more from an employer these past few weeks. She has supported us, kept us informed, most of all done her very best to keep us safe during these strange times and also found time to made us all weekend care packages! (pictured).”

And supermarkets are coming in for their share of plaudits, too, with many Tesco’s customers appreciating the distancing, sanitising and queueing systems in place in the Stornoway store, as well as dedicated time set aside for NHS and care staff and for vulnerable customers.

One customer said: “Although I had to queue for an hour, once inside it was the most relaxed atmosphere. A huge well done to all the staff for keeping it so well-organised. I do not envy a single one of you. Well done.”

Picture shows the staff ‘care package’ distributed by Charlie Barleys to their employees.