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A rescue fund set up to help out a New Tolsta weaver after fire destroyed his loom and weaving shed has raised more than four times its target sum – and is still climbing.

Donald Angus Morrison lost his loom and all the tools of his trade on 30 April, when three crews of firefighters battled for hours to control raging fire which destroyed his garage and a large area of moorland nearby.

A weaver for over 17 years and a mechanic to trade, Donald Angus has been left devastated by the loss of his livelihood, with little hope of rebuilding on the scarred and contaminated land.

Friends Jordan Carberry and Catriona Maciver quickly stepped in to launch an appeal, hoping to raise a small amount to help out.

Firemen fighting the blaze

Jordan said: “Donald Angus is a much-loved and well-respected member of our community. He has done many a turn and shown great kindness not just to those in the community but those who have required vehicle repairs along with other things.

“Donald Angus’s garage to him was not just a garage but was the key to his livelihood and his own employment. All was lost in the fire and the area from which he worked can no longer be used due to the extensive damage.

“We would like to try and raise at least £2,000 as a small contribution to help him replace what was lost, and to give a helping hand to try and restore what is required to re-establish a source of income during this very difficult time.”

The appeal shot past its target of £2,000 within hours and by 14.24 today (Monday 11 May) stands at £8,706 – 435% of its target.

With 22 days still to run, the appeal can be found at

Jordan said “It’s during times of great difficulty and loss that people show their kindness and great community support. Let’s try and repay some of that kindness that Donald Angus so willingly shared with us.”

The pictures show fire crews battling the fire on 30 April (SFRS) and the devastation left afterwards.