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Readers responded enthusiastically to our appeal over the past seven days for more to join welovestornoway's loyal team of supporters.

In all, 25 people joined our team of immediate and long-term supporters in just six days…but we'd love to double that number if we could.

And thank you very much indeed to all those who took the time to join our supporters team this week.

Of course, official bodies are constantly emphasising the use of social media such as X/Twitter and Facebook…but no one has time to check every island Facebook page or X/twitter feed for new information.

Yet local news and information about events like this is the lifeblood of a community…without it, everyone is at the mercy of the largely unregulated world of social media posts with their alternative realities, and of the massive multi-national owners of both printed and on-line publications.

And while lots of organisations use social media to contact those already 'in the know', there's nothing to beat in bringing the attention of a wider public to whatever project or venture is under way.

So please click on the links and join the team of supporters…remember, it's the constant effort of a small team of people which keeps live and relevant…for every kind of local news and information throughout the Western Isles, operating from its base at Stornoway Media Centre. 

And, of course, if you have a local business, you'd be very welcome to join our wonderful team of advertisers. 

During the dark months of 2020 and 2021, with the Covid pandemic at its height and the lockdowns isolating all of us in our own domestic 'bunkers', the news service of really came into its own, with many tens of thousands of people reading its despatches every day – exactly as Norman's music resonated with those trapped at home. 

During that time appealed for – and won – financial support from readers and local organisations for our work – as many services are free to users; apart from the news, there's also Funeral Notices and 'Bits n Bobs' items for sale, for instance. 

But, of course, over the years since, there have been plenty of new distractions and other priorities for everyone. 

Now we need to issue a new request to those many thousands who use the website every day to help us fund our work through continued donations – here's the link so you can add your support to that which comes from our amazing advertisers.