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A fantastic £7,000 has been donated to the RNLI Islay lifeboat station and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) in memory of Donald and Katie MacLeod of Portnahaven, Islay.
The cash was raised through sales of Donald’s most recent CD Gad Chuimhneachadh (Remembering You). Readers may recall his previous CD Ant-eilean Mor raised monies for the Islay and Jura Sick Children’s Fund.
Donald was one of Argyll’s most talented singers who remained a modest man despite his success. He attained both junior and senior medals at the Islay Mòd before winning the National Mòd Gold Medal in 1952 in Rothesay. He was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
The money raised will allow the lifeboat to receive a range of operational and fundraising equipment. The SCAA will put the windfall towards crucial maintenance and running costs.
Katie MacLeod took many Islay patients to the various air ambulances during her 20 years as a night nurse at Islay hospital. Her father, Charles MacArthur, also held his Certificate of Efficiency as a lifeboatman, so the charity choices were especially appropriate.
Islay MacEachern at the RNLI said: ‘We are very grateful that the legacy of Donald’s wonderful voice will be put to work in saving lives.’
Nick Harvey from SCAA added: ‘We are delighted to receive these funds in memory of Donald and Katie. It comes at a time when we have had a good number of callouts to the remoter parts of Argyll.’
The CD sold across Scotland and as far afield as Australia, USA, New Zealand and Canada.
Donald’s daughter, Fiona Lock, passed on sincere thanks to the businesses and shops on Islay and the mainland who sold the CD. She said: ‘It was a real team effort, what with dad’s singing, his grandson Calum assisting in production, businesses selling the CD without taking a commission and so many people buying it. And all of us in Argyll benefit from the great services of RNLI and SCAA.’
Copies of Donald’s CD are still available from amazon or from www.birnamcdshop.com.