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A newly formed Western Isles support group has benefitted from fundraising by the local emergency services.

Organisers from the Stornoway 999 charity football match presented a cheque for £5483.15 to Neuro Hebrides, a patient and carer-led support group for people who live with, or care for someone, with neurological conditions.

Stornoway police and fire services’ fundraising is centred round an annual football game supplemented by proceeds from a ceilidh, raffles and an auction with prizes donated by local businesses.

The highly charged football match in October saw police dowse their opponents’ chances of winning with a last minute goal taking the score to 3-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A frame with a photo of both teams along with the goalkeepers’ gloves was also presented to the group.

A Neuro Hebrides spokesperson said they were “utterly overwhelmed” by the size of the donation.

The amount means a much welcomed and unexpected “massive” boost for the group as it develops its role in supporting patients, carers and families affected by conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, ME, postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), MND and epilepsy.

Informal meetings held by the group every six weeks allows people to share their views and experiences which helps identify gaps in local and national neurology services.

The recent 100th defibrillator to be installed in the Western Isles was paid for Stornoway 999 Charity group fundraising efforts. Overall, they have donated five of the lifesaving devices to the Western Isles community after raising £7000 from the 2016 game which the firefighters won.

 

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