Fundraising by West Harris Trust for an all-terrain wheelchair to bring the beaches of Harris within everyone’s reach just keeps on rolling.
A raffle to raise the last £1,000 needed is gathering pace, having already shot past the original target.
West Harris Trust planned the raffle to top up money already raised through a charity art exhibition and from a £1,000 contribution from Crown Estates.
Local businesses were exceptionally generous with prizes and now tickets are flying out of the door – in an online world, since the raffle is being held through the trust’s beach wheelchair fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WHTWheelchairFundraiser
On offer as prizes are a range of luxury items, home goods, and treats, including a hamper of Harris-made chocolates, gin from the Isle of Harris Distillery, and Harris Tweed accessories.
Special outings include an eight-person trip to Taransay with lunchboxes, flights anywhere in the Loganair network, and a meal for two at North Harbour Bistro in Scalpay.
West Harris Trust commercial manager Linda Armstrong said: “Being able to visit the beach is one of life's great pleasures, though nearly impossible in a standard wheelchair. Through the provision of a beach wheelchair, we hope to make the beaches of West Harris welcoming and inclusive to all.”
The raffle is open now, with tickets at one per every £5 donated, and will be drawn at a ceilidh on Friday 26 August at Talla na Mara. Winners will be announced online and contacted the following Monday.
Pictures show the type of chair to be bought and improved access to Horgabost beach (West Harris Trust).