Lodge Fortrose in Stornoway has launched a fundraising drive to produce and donate face masks to local community groups for distribution to their volunteers and service users.

A Go Fund Me Page has been established https://tinyurl.com/y6fp383k and all funds raised will be used for the purchase of masks for community distribution and other COVID-19 relief projects, supported by Lodge Fortrose, across the islands.

The Lodge has paid £600 to kickstart the campaign and masks have already been distributed to a number of local organisations. The masks are locally produced, triple-layered and fully washable.

Henry W Macinnes, Master of Lodge Fortrose, said: “As part of the ongoing community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Lodge Fortrose 108 have also been involved in a number of efforts to provide relief, including the donation of £1000 to Eilean Siar Food Bank.

“In partnership with the Western Isles Association for Mental Health, the Western Isles Voluntary Centre and Samaritans Stornoway, we are also developing a project to provide mental health first aid courses to train a minimum of 40 community volunteers across Lewis and to train four Samaritans volunteers.

"The Lodge will be donating a minimum of £2000 to this very worthwhile project.”

Photo: Archie Macdonald, Lodge Fortrose hands over face masks to Iain McPhee from the Salvation Army