The Nicolson Institute held their 6th Annual YPI Final (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) on Wednesday 4th December. 

There were more than 30 teams to begin with, but they were narrowed down to six to compete against each other in the final. 

Each finalist represented a different charity.  The charities represented were Lucky2Bhere who were the overall winners, Lewis and Harris Women’s Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Scotland, The Salvation Army, Autism Eileanan Siar and Befriending Lewis. 

Judging this year’s competition was Andrew MacNair who is Head of Marketing at CalMac, Christine MacLeod who is head teacher at Stornoway Primary, Charlie Macmillan from Skills Development Scotland and John MacRae who is a former winner and a school student.

The winners for the 2019 YPI Final were Holly Martin, Kate Macsween, Catherine Thomson and Emily Maciver who were competing for Lucky2Bhere.

Councillor Angus Morrison who was present, representing the charity and accepting the cheque on their behalf, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the S5 YPI group chose to represent Lucky2Bhere.

"It would be fair to say that the standard of all presentations was high and I commend the exceptionally high standard of the winners presentation. This win has come at a time where the Western Isles Council has agreed to introduce Emergency Life Support Training within the school curriculum targeting all Primary 5 and Secondary 3 pupils.

"I have agreed with the winners that the prize giving money should be spent on a defibrillator to be situated at a location of their choice and that the remaining money be utilised in the purchase of training equipment for school use.

"I am encouraged that the winning team have indicated their desire to be involved with the work of Lucky2bhere and look forward to engaging with them going forward.”