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Some people will go to any lengths to support their favourite charity, but for Colin George Morrison from Barvas, he's prepared to go to heights for his.

On Thursday last week (20 January), Colin George announced his intention to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet, on a sponsored skydive in aid of Crossroads Lewis.

And he pronounced himself 'gobsmacked' when his fundraising target of £1,000 was smashed within 24 hours, still climbing skywards now, three days later, at

Colin said: "The fact that the target was reached within 24 hours speaks volumes about how many other families have been supported, as mine has, by the excellent care work provided by the volunteers of Crossroads Lewis."

Crossroads has been close to Colin George's family for several years, especially during the time when 'Granny Bragar' Katie Ann Smith was receiving their care and companionship regularly at her home.

Katie Ann was a weaver to trade, but she also worked alongside husband, Cailean "an Towdie" in his shop and mobile grocery van. Katie Ann continued to work until her late 70s and passed away only in March last year at the age of 97.

This was the family's second experience of the compassionate care provided by Crossroads Lewis as 'Granny Barvas' Effie Morrison from Upper Barvas, who passed away a few years ago, had also received regular visits from their carers during her last illness some years before.

Colin George has waited for the worst effects of the Covid lockdown to pass before planning his fundraising challenge, booked for the end of February from Perth, one of only a couple of available skydiving centres in Scotland.

He said: "I'm not all that keen on heights to be honest, but skydiving has always been on my bucket list and the last major challenge I took on was to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of Blythswood Lewis in 2012, so I am definitely due for a new effort!

"I felt it was time I did something now and the interest people are showing and the support the fundraiser has received, shows how many families really appreciate the service offered by Crossroads Lewis.

"My granny loved the visits from the carers, who brought care and companionship and news from the wider community to her. I really want to give them something back and make it possible for more people to have that experience."

The picture shows Colin George with his granny Katie Ann shortly before her passing at the age of 97.