Pictured is a fundraising group including partners from the Co-op, HHP, Lewis Builders and Young Musicians Hebrides that raised an amazing £2,000 for the Solas day centre, which is run by Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris.

Councillor Murray and members of the Manor and Castle Residents Association contacted Marion MacInnes, Service Manager at Alzheimer Scotland, about a fundraising project and it was agreed that funds would be used for much needed equipment to support the therapeutic music and singing activities at the Solas day centre.

Equipment purchased so far includes an electronic keyboard used at our monthly singing group, a karaoke machine (with Gaelic karaoke CD), a new record player/radio/CD, percussion instruments. Funds have also been used to upgrade the environment, and develop a ‘quiet room’ within the day centre, which provides a comfortable and private space for people with dementia and their carers to use.

David Blaney Chair of HHP said: "This is another excellent example of how HHP are delivering benefits to the wider community through our new build and investment programmes.  We are grateful to Lewis Builders and our other contractors for the way they have responded to these aspirations."

Dena Macleod, HHP's Director of Resources said: "We are delighted to be able to work with our contractors to support the excellent work carried out by Alzheimer Scotland."

The monthly Singing Group runs in Stornoway the second Tuesday of every month at the Solas Day Centre from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

If you are interested in coming along please contact Ellie Donnelly on 07500762041, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre, 18 Bells Road, Stornoway 01851 702123.