Captain Neil Murray with the political signed whiskies


Generous islanders can raise a dram to Bethesda Care Home and Hospice this year as four bottles of top-notch political whiskies – complete with politician signatures – are up for auction.

Captain Neil Murray has secured the signed amber nectars and is keen to raise as much as possible when they are auctioned on Friday, May 20th, as part of the annual Bethesda celebrity Dinner Action with charity supporter and former football star Dennis Law.

“If I can do this one small bit to highlight the fantastic work of Bethesda, then I will,” said Captain Murray.

“I've had relations in Bethesda and I've seen the benefits to patients it provides – the level and care of attention there is second to none.”

He continued: “The community appreciates the work of Bethesda, but the task of raising funds to keep that high level is on-going as there is always someone in need, so I'm very pleased to be doing my bit.”

And you can do your bit if you fancy owning the politically branded tipples as auction bids can be made now by contacting  DR MacDonald at Bethesda on 01851 706222 or Captain Murray on 07816666975.

There are two malts up for auction – a 10 year old Speyside Scottish Parliament Single Malt, signed by former First Minister Alex Salmond, and a 10 year old House of Lords Single Malt, signed by Lord Neil Kinnock.

Also available to bid on are two blended whiskies – a House of Lords blend, singed by Lord Mackay, Ex-Lord Chancellor; and a Scottish Parliament blend, signed by former First Minister Alex Salmond and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Dave Thompson.

“By way of a ball-park figure, a recent Scottish Parliament blend signed by Alex Salmond has fetched £135 in an online auction, so I hope we can raise a good amount for Bethesda from these four,” said Captain Murray.

He added: “I also expect to secure more bottles, hopefully signed by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and MSP Dr Alastair Allan. And I will also do my utmost to secure other bottles from the House of Lords and the Westminster Parliament with the help of our MP Angus Brendan MacNeil.”

Lord Mackay signing a bottle of House of Lords whisky in London.