The fundraising efforts of schoolchildren in Point have been officially recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has tabled a motion in Parliament congratulating pupils in Sgoil an Rubha’s Scripture Union on Lewis for raising money through their ‘Hush for Haiti’ sponsored silence earlier this month to help the thousands of families who are living without access to basic facilities, or even a roof over their heads after Hurricane Matthew tore through the country in early October.

The pupils raised £780 through their sponsored silence and donated the money to Tearfund Scotland after seeing their appeal for help.

Rhoda Grant said “Many areas have been cut off, whole communities have been destroyed, and many more are without electricity.  The pupils of Sgoil an Rubha are to be commended for their caring and compassion and for their drive to actually do something to help.

Mrs Grant concluded: “The school, and the wider community, can be very proud of their young people’s kindness.”