Approaching its third anniversary on Saturday (August 15), the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery is appealing for a new partner organisation in the Isle of Harris to come forward.

The WILL organisers say: "The Harris communities have greatly benefitted from the Lottery, having received a number of grants for a variety of projects.

"Harris Voluntary Services initially managed the funding and thanks go to Kenny MacLeod who has been the knowledgeable contact in terms of where funding was needed over the last 18 months.

"We are keenly seeking another organisation to take over the management for the good of the area."

The total for the first year of aid to Harris from WILL

To date the following grants have been awarded:

  • A total of £2,627 was raised during the first year of the Lottery to install a Hearing Loop System in venues for those hard of hearing. The purchase of Christmas lighting was also possible with these funds
  • The newly formed South Harris Historical Society were awarded a grant of £812.52 for the purchase of equipment to enable the restoration and preservation of historical memorabilia
  • £2,627.00 was presented to purchase a much needed Community Personal Address system and the upgrade of the Christmas lights display
  • The famous Harris Football Club received a grant of £720.67 to enable them to rejoin and again compete in the Lewis & Harris League

  • Harris Guides welcomed the opportunity to care for floral displays placed around Tarbert in Summer 2019 at a cost of £1,100. The Guide group were awarded £750 for all their hard work
  • South Harris Agricultural Show were grateful to receive £887.80 to upgrade their show facilities
  • The Lottery Team surprised Tarbert Community Centre Committee with a cheque for £1,000 on the day they ran a community sale in their hall. The funds will be used to further enhance the upgrade to their building.

WILL says: "Supporters of the Lottery continue to grow in the Harris area and it would be of great benefit if a replacement management group for Voluntary Action Harris could be found."