Local News for Friday 24th May 2019

POINT 5K LEANNE FUND RUN GETS SUPPORT FROM P.S.T.

The Leanne Fund has secured five-year sponsorship worth £10,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, (P.S.T.) to support its annual Point 5k fundraiser. It also secured £3,000 for office equipment to help provide its support services to young people with Cystic Fibrosis.

The 5k is on June 1st and, to mark its 10th anniversary, a 10k run is also being held for the first time this year.

Donald John MacSween, P.S.T. Trust General Manager, said:

“PST are delighted to support The Leanne Fund by sponsoring the annual Point 5k which has grown in popularity and continues to raise funds for a charity that delivers a worthwhile and important service.”

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of the Leanne Fund, said: “We are very grateful to Point and Sandwick Trust for this significant sponsorship. The funding will allow us to plan ahead with certainty and continue to organise this popular event for years to come.”

The events can be entered online via http://www.theleannefund.co.uk/events.html but forms can also be picked up from The Leanne Fund office on Point Street. The event has also been supported by Tighean Innse Gall and Point Community Council.

 

FISHING INDUSTRY EMERGANCY - MP INVITES HOME SECRETARY TO WESTERN ISLES TO SEE FOR HIMSELF

Isles MP Angus MacNeil has invited Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP to visit the Islands to see for himself the ‘economic emergency’ facing the fishing industry due to crew shortages.
With backing from C.N.E.S, Mr MacNeil is calling on Mr Javid to urgently support skippers by allowing them to source non-EEA labour – as he has done for the UK horticultural industry.
Mr MacNeil said: “We must be in no doubt that we are facing an economic emergency. I am being contacted regularly by skippers who are tying up boats in the harbour because they cannot get a crew together.
Any economic damage the Home Office causes to fishing boats, fish processing and communities should result in the UK Government paying compensation if they will not sort this issue now’.

Roddie Mackay, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said:
‘For us in the Western Isles, these are vital jobs in small, economically fragile communities.
‘To have fishing curtailed will do untold, and potentially irreversible damage, and it is vital that we get a speedy and positive decision from the UK government’.