Onwards and upwards…the Sandwick Bay Candles fundraising campaign for Bethesda hospice shot past £23,000 last night (Saturday April 25th) having exceeded £20,000 just before 3.30pm yesterday. 

Around £11,000 in donations from as far away as New Zealand had poured in over the previous 60 hours.

In total, the venture now has more than 1215 supporters who will be holding tickets for Wednesday's draw as long as they confirm their participation by email.

But the Justgiving page will remain open even after the raffle to enable continued donations.

Sandwick Bay Candles' Megan Macdonald had earlier launched the virtual raffle in aid of Bethesda hospice with a hamper worth £100 and the modest aim of raising £2,000 for the vital local service.

The raffle now has around 80 prizes donated by local businesses to be won when you purchase a 'ticket' by donating online here.

The draw will close at 4pm on Wednesday April 29 and the draw will take place at 8pm which is set to be a bonanza evening for many, as islanders settle down for the live-stream draw in the islands’ first virtual raffle.

With more local businesses joining in all the time, here's the most recent additions to list of the prizes on offer…

  • Island Bites, Isle of Harris - £20 voucher
  • Harris & Lewis Smokehouse - £50 voucher
  • Laxdale Holiday Park - 2 nights in a Wigwam for 2 people  http://www.laxdaleholidaypark.com/
  • Lewis Macleod Driving School - 5 driving lessons and a guaranteed slot in the driving school
  • The Kitchen Centre - £250 to be used against a fitted kitchen or fitted bathroom
  • Heatherlea Cottage, Skigersta Isle of Lewis - 4 night stay  https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/31138149 

And here's the earlier list of the prizes on offer…

  • Salka Jewellery - £100 of sea glass jewellery  www.salkajewellery.com/ 
  • The Crown Inn Hotel Stornoway - Takeaway pizza and sides for 4  AND if we reach £20000 in donations they are offering FREE food for LIFE for ONE person. T&C's apply
  • Body and Sole - skin care pack http://www.bodyandsolestornoway.co.uk/
  • Cards and gift wrap - craft kit   www.cardsandgiftwrap.co.uk/
  • The Blue Lobster - voucher for 2 hot drinks, 2 bakes and a mini goodybag from their fabulous lifestyle shop
  • Bronwen Roberts Hair - cut blowdry and Olaplex (Inverness) treatment www.facebook.com/bronwenrobertshairx/
  • Immerse Hebrides - £30 voucher   www.immersehebrides.com/
  • Stramash Ness Hamper of goodies  www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StramashNess
  • Camerons Chip Shop - £20 voucher
  • The Crafty Weaver - Harris Tweed items www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheCraftyWeaverStore
  • Maybury Gardens - filled pot  www.bespoke-blooms.co.uk/
  • Rosemarie's Pantry - cake and cookies  www.rosemariespantry.co.uk/
  • Gill Thompson Harbour Print - pack of cards  www.facebook.com/gillthompsonartistprintmaker/
  • Halo Bags - Mixed Family bag of goodies  www.facebook.com/halobagsstornoway/
  • Tropic Skincare with Sharon - £50 voucher  www.tropicskincare.com/sharonmacdonald 
  • Stag Bakeries - 3 delicious cakes www.stagbakeries.co.uk/
  • Hebrides Dance Studio - £25 voucher http://www.hebridesdance.co.uk/
  • BE Designed by K £20 voucher  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BEDesignedbyK
  • Callanish Digital Design - print or chopping board https://www.callanishdigitaldesign.com/
  • Eleven Restaurant - £50 voucher  https://www.caladhinn.co.uk/stornoway-restaurants-2/
  • Delights - £75 voucher http://www.delights-hebridean.com/
  • Pickleberry Studios - handcrafted goodies  https://www.instagram.com/pickleberrystudios/
  • The Lash and Brow Room - £30 voucher  https://www.instagram.com/the_lashandbrow_room/
  • Sugar Sweet Treats - treat box  https://www.instagram.com/sugarsweettreatssty/
  • Fitness Studio Stornoway - £50 voucher  https://www.instagram.com/fitnessstudiosy/
  • Co-op Macaulay Road - Fabulous Hamper
  • Body Shop - Louise Morrison £50 of products
  • Sea in Design - £30 voucher https://www.facebook.com/seaanddesign/
  • Eilean Siar Hampers - small gift box  https://www.facebook.com/eileansiarhampers/
  • Aperture Lane Photography - £70 digital gift voucher https://www.aperturelanephotography.com/
  • Gneiss Things - pair of handcarved stone keyrings  https://www.gneiss-things.com/
  • Island Whisky Shop - bottle of Jura Whisky
  • Pixie Bheag - https://www.facebook.com/PixieBheag
  • Ishga - men's and women's gift set  https://uk.ishga.com/
  • Blue Reef Cottages - 2 night stay. To be taken during low season November to March excluding Christmas/New Year and if / when restrictions are lifted. Max occupancy 2 adults.          https://www.stay-hebrides.com/
  • Coralbox Gift Shop - otter teatowel  https://www.ecwid.com/store/coralbox/
  • Hebrides Alpha - Harris Tweed Clock  http://www.harristweedclock.co.uk/
  • Influence - https://www.facebook.com/Influencestornoway/
  • ENJO with Debbie Lamb - £30 voucher  https://www.facebook.com/enjoukwithdebbielamb/
  • Dancing Flower Crafts - 2 prizes Harris Tweed washbag £25 and cushion £55  https://m.facebook.com/dancingflowercrafts
  • Moorfield Cottage - Isle of Harris. Any winter week Saturday to Saturday between the end of September and end of March either this year 2020/21 or 2021/22. Ideal for a couple  https://www.facebook.com/moorfieldharris/
  • Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking - x3 riding lessons for 2 people valued at £90  https://www.tolsta41.com/
  • Comunn Eachdraidh Nis - afternoon tea for 3 people
  • Donnie's Wee Tablet Shed - 1kg of tablet www.lochleventabletcompany.co.uk
  • Home and Floors - £50 voucher
  • Lewisian Nice - harris tweed heart garland and lucky dip bag
  • Corncrake Holiday cottage - weekend getaway
  • Edith & Finlay's Habost Hens - Hamper including eggs, candle, prosecco, bottle of gin, mug, chocolate, biscuits etc
  • £25 xbox voucher - from Aidan (gifting from his birthday presents!)
  • Adventure Island Stornoway - family visit includes two kids entry, food and drink for two adults/two children
  • Isle of Harris Distillers - A martini serve gift set (shipping only within the UK)
  • Sundown Cottages - 2 night stay  https://sundown-cottages.com/
  • Kenny Macarthur and Bruce Mackenzie - 2 tradesmen/joiners for the day
  • The Sports Emporium - TSE Wheely Holdall Luggage Bag - 90L Capacity (Norrie Petrie) Free UK Shipping
  • Derek Mackinnon Photography - £150 framed photo https://www.derekmackinnonphotography.co.uk/
  • Rarebird - £50 voucher 
  • Uig Candles - £50 voucher
  • Decor8 - £100 voucher
  • Surf Lewis - £40 voucher
  • Coaching with Alanah - 12 week nutrition coaching program
  • Stornoway Painters and Decorators - £50 paint voucher
  • Hebrides Bothy - 1 night stay https://hebridesbothy.com/
  • Moran Gaol - £30 voucher https://www.facebook.com/morangaol
  • Alice Mac Prints - A fabulous skylarks print  https://www.alicemacprints.co.uk/
  • EJayDesign - Gold hanging frame of Scotland  https://www.facebook.com/EJaydesign/
  • County Hotel Stornoway - £50 voucher
  • Tiger Textiles - framed print www.tigertextiles.moonfruit.com/ 
  • Heb Fizzies - £25 goodie bag www.facebook.com/Hebfizzies