The night of Friday 10th June saw the first ever Carnival Midsummer Charity Ball hosted by the Lewis Carnival Committee, in the Town Hall in Stornoway. The ball was in aid of Lewis and Harris Women's Cancer Support Group, Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group, Autism Eileanan Siar and The Gambia Partnership. 

A total of £3,534 was raised on the night, through the sale of tickets as well as an auction and a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.

From the money raised on the night, each charity will receive £600, and the winners of the Carnival King and Queen competition will each receive £250 to donate to a charity of their choice.  

The remaining money will go towards this year's Lewis Carnival. The Lewis Carnival Committee will be "investing the money into Stornoway...  making the town brighter," said Lewis Carnival Committee Chairperson, Janet Macdonald. 

150 people, wearing their best frocks and kilts, attended the dinner, with more party-goers attending the dance, which went on into the night with music from Catch22. 

Those attending the full event got to enjoy music from the Dun Ringles, a 3-course meal provided by Titchy Pitch, as well as participate in the new Carnival King and Queen competition, which saw Charlie Nicolson and Carol Morrison Maclean crowned as Carnival King and Queen.

Carol was nominated to be Carnival Queen for her work to raise money for her friend, Mairi Maciver, who had a stroke at age 37, which left her completely paralysed. Carol has been raising money in the hope to get her friend's house altered so that she can return home to be with her young children.

Carol participated with the hope of raising more money for her friend, Mairi Maciver, whilst Charlie announced on the night that his winnings will also be going to Carol's cause, meaning a total of £500 will go to help Mairi Maciver return to her home. 

Each year, the Lewis Carnival raises thousands of pounds for local charities. Lewis Carnival 2016 will take place on August 6th. Float forms for this year's carnival are now available, and all groups, business, clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate. The Lewis Carnival Committee are also calling out for volunteers to help on the day. For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.