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The Comunn Eachdraidh Heritage Centre in Castlebay is £3000 better off thanks to the 'gift of the gab' displayed by a group of Castlebay School students.

The third-year pupils competed against five other groups in their cohort, making presentations to win a grant from the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) for their nominated charity.

Also in the running for the grant money were the Alcohol Drug Partnership, Uist and Barra Foodbank, Hebrides Alpha Project, Penumbra and the RNLI. 

Each group presented their findings about their chosen charity and why it would be a worthy recipient. 

The winners were Eilidh, Sorcha and Calum, who secured the grant for the Comunn Eachdraidh charity. 

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme launched by The Wood Foundation in 2008.

It is the largest independent initiative in Scottish schools. It enables young people to make a difference in their local communities while developing various skills.

To date, the initiative has engaged more than 310,000 young people in Scotland and donated £6.8 million to local charities.