Fish farm cash boost for RNLI

Staff from the Scottish Salmon Company have presented RNLI Leverburgh with £2,500 to help provide vital support to its rescue service across large areas around the Western Isles.
The funds have been raised through sponsorship and donations gathered for SSC’s recent Salmon Run, a 207-mile challenge which saw teams run, cycle and row from Lochboisdale to Stornoway.

RNLI Leverburgh, which began as a trial station and was granted permanent status earlier this year, is one of four charities chosen by SSC staff to benefit from the money raised.

Although the team is stationed at Leveburgh in Harris, the crew covers a vast area from the West side of Lewis down to Benbecula in Uist, out to St Kilda, through the Minch and the Sound of Harris.

The lifeboat has been called on 34 times since its arrival to assist visiting yachts, cruisers, local fishing vessels and even animals in distress. The station is run by 18 volunteer crew members, along with additional and equally-vital shore staff.

Leverburgh lifeboat operations manager John MacLean said: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Salmon Company for their generous donation.

“The work which was put in by the SSC employees in organising and completing the Salmon Run was no mean feat, and we are honoured to be one of their chosen charities.

“The RNLI is wholly dependent on donations such as these, and this latest donation demonstrates the invaluable support which we have received from the various communities which we serve.”

Pictured left to right are crewman Innes Maccuish, Robert Currie (Scottish Salmon Company), Bart Van Den Bosch (RNLI), Hamish Taylor (Honorary President RNLI) accepting the cheque and on the extreme right crew member David Campbell.