A charitable trust has been formed in the name of Eilidh MacLeod, the Barra schoolgirl who died during the Manchester arena bombing in May 2017.
The Eilidh Macleod Memorial Trust was registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on the 29th October 2018 and has two main aims:
- To advance the musical education of children and young people, primarily but not exclusively in rural Scotland by facilitating access to various music based activities including advanced learning and performance opportunities.
- To establish and maintain a permanent public memorial sited on the Isle of Barra, Scotland in remembrance of Eilidh MacLeod and the other 21 victims who lost their lives following the Manchester arena terrorist attack on 22nd May 2017.
In the months that followed the tragedy, Eilidh’s family were warmly comforted and strengthened by the countless letters of support and monetary donations that they received. That positivity, both from the island’s community and from further afield, caused the family to think of setting up a trust as a fitting memorial to Eilidh.
Support for the trust has already come from the Ardonagh Community Trust (ACT) Eilidh’s aunt Margaret MacNeil is an Ardonagh employee. The band Skipinnish have donated proceeds from their single Wishing Well, written by Angus MacPhail in the wake of the tragedy. Other supporters include artist Hope Blamire, Loganair, Calmac, the Heathbank, Craigard and Castlebay Hotels in Barra, Hebridean Toffee and Mingulay Boat trips among many others.
Speaking about the launch of the trust, Eilidh’s father Roddy MacLeod said: “Marion and I have been working with a small group on the Island to help us develop our ideas for the memorial.
"We want the memorial to remember Eilidh and all the bereaved and injured from the tragic events in Manchester, but for it also to portray the love, support and resilience of not only the people of Barra and Vatersay but all the people and communities who have helped us.
"We would also like to thank our families and friends for their support and being instrumental in forming the trust and for all the fund raising they have done."