One of the biggest social groups for the elderly in the Outer Hebrides has given its full backing to community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, as the Friday May 18 deadline approaches for voting in this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

Point and Sandwick Trust, which runs the wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, just outside Stornoway, has been shortlisted in this year’s Charity Awards, in the Celebrating Communities category.

They are also up for the People’s Choice award – and all those involved in Cairdean Og Allt nan Gall are urging people to vote online for Point and Sandwick Trust.

In December, the Cairdean received £1000 from PST towards their Christmas party. They received a further sum of £880 recently which is going towards the costs of a summer holiday to the mainland and the hire of the Ionad Stoodie hall in Point for their monthly get-togethers.

Cairdean chair Duncan Don said:“Our Cairdean Og Group all think that they would be a worthy winner in this category because not only have they donated a generous sum of money to our Group but also to others in the community.”

The Awards are run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the shortlist includes 40 individuals and organisations from across the third sector.

To vote for PST in the People’s Choice Award, go online at www.scvo.org.uk/vote by Friday, May 18.

Point and Sandwick Trust pours all the profits – expected to be £900,000 this year – from its three turbines back into the community as it is 100 per cent community owned.

It took Point and Sandwick Trust around 10 years to turn their renewables charity dream into reality. The charity was set up in 2005 and the turbines finally began generating power in November 2015. Now, though, it is the largest community-owned wind farm in the UK in terms of output, generating nine megawatts from its three turbines, and has already won an award from the renewables industry – Best Community Project in the Scottish Green Energy Awards in 2015 – as well as plaudits for its high technical performance.

All the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on June 14, hosted by Sally Magnusson and held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Angus McCormack, Chair of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “We are so pleased to be recognised by the Scottish Charity Awards, even more so for our shortlisting in the Celebrating Communities category, and are very thankful to the Cairdean for their words of support. “

The Cairdean are one of the biggest and longest-running groups for the elderly on Lewis, with 66 members ranging in age from 60 to around 90. Their monthly get-togethers in Ionad Stoodie are usually attended by around 40 folk, and they hold special event such as Christmas parties as well as a summer trip to the mainland every year.

Cairdean chair Duncan Don said: “To be honest, if it wasn’t for our group, a lot of people in our group wouldn’t be able to do anything – because there’s absolutely nothing else provided in the Point area. That’s what makes a difference and that’s why Point and Sandwick support us.”

This year, the Cairdean are heading for Perth where they will be holidaying from June 4 to 7, with around 40 going. The Salutation Hotel will be their base for trips, including visits to Scone Palace and the Black Watch Museum.

 

The Cairdean show their appreciation to Point and Sandwick after their latest grant