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Kerrera residents are selling island life experiences to turn their old school into a community centre.
Giving a Highland cow a show-ready blow dry, feeding lambs at Ballimore Farm, planting an oak tree and eagle spotting are just some of the unique island experiences on offer as part of a new crowdfunding campaign.
Since the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust (IKDT) bought the former school in July 2019, with the help of the Scottish Land Fund, well-wishers have smashed a £50,000 target to help put a new roof on the building and now the next £50,000 will go towards windows, doors and fixing the walls says Aideen Shields, who is project co-ordinator for the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust
‘We’re fundraising in bite-size chunks, though they are pretty big mouthfuls!’ she added.
The public has until December 11 to make pledges on the rewards being offered in return for their donations via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kerrera-old-school
‘These experiences would make great Christmas present ideas and depending on the choice, can happen between now and next March or April. Island life is our USP – unique selling point.
‘Within a couple of days of starting up this crowdfunder we got up to £1,000. The experiences will be on offer for another few weeks yet giving people time to make their pledges.
‘It’s not just about the money, it’s about raising the island’s profile and about empowering the community. We have had so many wonderful offers of experiences, we’re really getting people engaged and involved,’ added Aideen.
A guided walking tour with yellow badge guide Iri Munoz revealing Kerrera’s heritage and a trip to Gylen Castle are among other special treats – as well as the chance to have a meet, greet and cuddle with the friendly Luing cows. You can also pledge to have a chainsaw sculpture dedicated to yourself or someone else on the island, enjoy a weekend away and dinner at Kerrera Bunkhouse, or for a donation of £1,200 or more you can have a private party in a marquee – all keeping to Covid guidelines of course. You can also get an exclusive blend of tea made specially on the island.
A donation of £25 plus, would see you planting one of 50 oak tree saplings available to be part of a small woodland being planned in the centre of the island.
When the community centre opens its doors, it will mean that the thousands of yearly visitors will be able to use flushing toilets, get drinking water, buy island produce, learn about island life and even stay overnight in unique accommodation while the residents will have a hub to meet up.
Caption: Kerrera Development Trust board member Karen Keys from Ardentrive Farm who have kindly offered two island rewards- to groom a highland coo and also a chance to name a calf