‘Air-raising’ effort from community funding group

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Lochaber Community Fundraising has raised more than £7,000 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

The non-profit-making organisation sold a phenomenal 1,427 tickets for a raffle with around 30 prizes donated by businesses and individuals around the area. The draw was made on November 14 and raised £7,135, with an additional £200 raised by auctioning off tickets to see Genesis.

Prizes in the raffle included a seven-night, all-inclusive stay for two in the Canary Islands, short breaks in various Highland locations, an inflatable hot tub, outdoor pizza oven, snowsports season pass and a £100 Eden Court voucher.

Founding member of Lochaber Community Fundraising Lindsay MacDonald said: ‘Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who supported this.

‘We could not have achieved this wonderful total without the amazing prizes that had been kindly donated and without all of our fantastic supporters who helped us sell a phenomenal 1,427 tickets.

Lindsay’s husband Angus of A A MacDonald Joinery in Spean Bridge was one of many who donated raffle prizes. Angus’s nephew Callum MacDonald was rescued after going over a steep embankment in a loadall.

‘Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance provides a vital service for the Highlands, Islands and beyond,’ added Lindsay.

‘We are delighted the Lochaber community pulled together for this very worthy lifeline charity. Great things can happen when we work together.’

Nick Harvey, director of fundraising and communications at SCAA, said the support of the community was key to sustaining the charity’s life-saving service and he thanked everyone involved in the Lochaber Community Raffle for their ‘tremendous achievement’.

‘This innovative, energised and enthusiastic type of fundraising support is what helps to keep us flying,’ he added.

‘SCAA relies 100 per cent on public donations and communities the length and breadth of Scotland play their part in ensuring we are there for those most in need.

‘Our sincere thanks go to all the individuals and businesses who donated prizes and the members of the public who bought raffle tickets in support of SCAA. Their support will undoubtedly help save lives.’

Anyone wishing to donate to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance can do so through its Just Giving page.

To find out more about Lochaber Community Fundraising visit the Facebook page.

Photograph (NO_F48_SCAA01): Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance crew provide a vital service in the Highlands and Islands.