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A woman with island connections has left over a third of a million pounds in her will to Leverburgh lifeboat.


Mary Aida (Maida) MacLeod MacAskill had Berneray links though she spent her life in Edinburgh. In the islands, she would have been known as Màiri Nèill Iain Bhàin Nèill Gobha.


Ms MacAskill who died in September 2015 bequeathed stipulated £335,377 to the RNLI service on the west coast of Scotland.


Her executors have agreed that it be used for on-shore work at the Leverburgh station.


Ms MacAskill’s grandfather, Iain Bàn, her grand-uncle, Iain Òg and at least one of their nephews were lost in a boat tragedy between Lochmaddy and Berneray in 1900.


It appears this accident influenced the family’s decision on the bequest allocation.


Leverburgh Lifeboat station is already well into an appeal process to raise £60,000 towards installing a fixed pontoon to allow the crew safer access to the lifeboat.


Local RNLI honorary president, Hamish Taylor, said: “Whilst the local lifeboat station is located at Leverburgh, the communities of Berneray and North Uist have taken ownership of the lifeboat in a very supportive way, and this legacy, from a family whose roots are embedded in Berneray is further tangible evidence of that generosity.”


£335,000 donation to island lifeboat

9 March 2017