“Light Up” events raise funds for Highland Hospice appeal

Highland Hospice’s ‘Light up the Highlands’ fundraising events were held across the region this week.
The annual event offers the chance to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one on the charity’s special Christmas trees, and includes a service and carol singing. Events were held this week in Lochcarron, Kyle, Poolewe and Portree.

Around 400 people gathered in Portree in wintry conditions on Monday evening for the event there hosted by local councillor John Gordon.

Entertainment was provided by carol singers, choirs from Portree Primary School, solo singer Kirsten MacBeth and musicians David Taylor and Dolina Munro. Mischa Constant, the YMCA youth worker in Portree, provided some poignant words of reflection before Anne Nicolson, daughter of the late John “The Caley”, turned on the lights on the impressive tree.

Highland Hospice regional fundraiser Marie-Anne Vrac said: “Our Light up the Highlands service in Portree was just fabulous this year, and we would like to thank everyone who helped organising it — in particular councillor John Gordon and Fay Macrae.

“We were delighted to see local school choirs involved in this event again this year and we were overwhelmed with the community support. While we do not have a total amount raised yet, we know that support for Highland Hospice in Portree is terrific and our service there is one of the best attended across the Highlands. Thanks so much to everyone who came along.”

The Kyle service – the first to be held in the village for several years – was also well attended, with over 150 people turning out. It was organised by local couple Ross and Annie McKerlich, who were praised by regional fundraiser Marie-Anne Vrac for a “fantastic job”. The local Brownies also formed a choir and were led in carol singing by Anne Campbell.