The Nicolson Institute Interact Club members, along with The Rotary Club of Stornoway's President Claire Macleod and Vice-President Gavin Woods present Peigi Macleod, MND Scotland, with their donation.

The Rotary Club of Stornoway and The Nicolson Institute Interact Club enjoyed the gift of giving yesterday when members were delighted to present nearly £5,000 of donations to four very worthy charities.

A total sum of £4,806 was donated to charities CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young); MND Scotland; Stornoway RNLI, and The Gambia Partnership, collected through a series of fundraising events organised by the two clubs.

Murdo MacLeod and Iain Campbell, representing CRY, were pleased to accept a cheque for £703.

Working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death through support of young people with diagnosed cardiac conditions, as well promoting and developing heart screening programmes and funding medical research, CRY was one of three charities supported by Stornoway Rotary Club and the Interact Club through their Hebridean Gala Dinner and Big Ceilidh event held at the Cabarfeidh Hotel in March.

Stornoway RNLI was another of the three and Ellen Macdonald and Maggie MacLeod from the Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild were delighted to accept the donation cheque of £703 also.

Throughout the past academic year, The Nicolson Institute Interact Club have been busy fundraising in support of MND Scotland, and charity representative Peigi Macleod was 'deeply touched' to receive a cheque for £3,200 towards charity funds.

MND Scotland was the third charity to be supported by the Hebridean Gala Dinner and Big Ceilidh Event, and further funds were raised by a very successful Quiz Night organised and presented by the Interact Club in September last year.

Providing care and support to everyone affected by Motor Neurone Disease, MND Scotland's work also provides information and education services to healthcare professionals, and funds research to find a cure.

“Nice to have this photo taken with the young folk who worked hard to raise so much money for MND Scotland,” said Peigi. “I was deeply touched.”

And Jonathan MacIver, Chairman of The Gambia Partnership – a reformed Christian charity which aims to support and spread the Gospel in the Gambia – was pleased to receive a cheque for £200 towards the charities goals, which was again raised by The Nicolson Institute Interact Club through a Soup & Pudding Lunch held in February this year.

Murdo Macleod and Iain Campbell accept Interact and Rotary Club donation on behalf of CRY.

Stornoway Ladies Lifeboat Guild Chair Ellen Macdonald and Treasurer Maggie MacLeod were delighted with the donation to the local lifesavers of Stornoway RNLI.

Chairman of The Gambia Partnership, Jonathan Maciver, accepts the donation raised by The Nicolson Institute Interact Club.