A fundraising campaign to transform part of Leverhulme Memorial School has been launched.
The community want to prevent the council from demolishing half the school.
The aim is to raise £25,000 to convert the threatened “old block” unit into a a cafe,
laundrette, gym, charity shop and historical society.
have taken a huge step forward today with the official launch of a £25,000 fundraising
Leverhulme Memorial School (LMS) steering group says the venture will “breathe new
life into South Harris.”
The project is currently looking for funds to cover the various initial costs associated
with planning and leading up to the purchase of the building.
The sum covers a building valuation survey, asbestos report, plans and build specification
as well as a community company set-up. The steering group will be applying to become
a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation in the coming months and will form
a trading company.
Applications will also be made to various funding bodies to help buy the building.
LMS steering group Chair Angus MacLeod said: “For a long time now, South Harris has
been lacking in investment and amenities for its residents and visitors.
“The development of the old school block, we believe, is crucial to the economic
and social future of the area.
“We aim to provide a facility which will be community-owned and enjoyed by both locals
In the meantime, work is progressing on the “new-block” renovation at Leverburgh
School. It is expected that pupils will move to their newly renovated building in
Following this, the unit will become surplus to requirement and available for the
purchase to be completed.
The purchase has been approved by a vote in the comhairle and the alterations which
have been proposed by the steering group have been given formal planning consent.
The fundraising campaign kicks-off this evening with a sell-out curry night in Leverburgh