More than 100 ladies donned their best frocks and wellies last Saturday (June 17th) for a day to remember in aid of The Leanne Fund.
Tea in the Tent on Lews Castle Green was a great success raising thousands for The Leanne Fund which will go towards vital support services for young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis and their families across the Highlands and Island and Grampian.
The event involved a vintage tea party in the afternoon followed by a hog roast barbecue and dance. Guests were treated to an array of tasty courses, sweet and savoury, along with musical entertainment from Rosie Sullivan, Eleanor Nicolson and Iain Spanish, Murdo ‘Gress’ Maclennan and Catch 22 throughout the afternoon and evening.
Chrisetta Mitchell from The Leanne Fund said: “We are delighted that Tea in the Tent was such a success and are so grateful to all the ladies who attended and supported the charity.
“All money raised at this event will go towards two new projects, On the Move – to support those making the move to live independently for the first time, and Over the Rainbow which will offer an extraordinary wishlist or experience for those in the final stage of illness.”
She added: “The response from businesses across the Highlands and Islands was phenomenal and the list of those who assisted and contributed was just overwhelming.
“The event took a huge amount of organisation by our volunteers and organisers Nicola Libby and Cat Campbell did an amazing job of pulling it all together.
“Thanks in particular to Titchy Pitch, the sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, the guys who helped put the tent up and floor it and then take it all down again and of course Paul Matheson and the Stramash Community Group for lending the marquee.”
The Leanne Fund wishes to extend a huge THANK YOU to Co-op customers in Stornoway who have helped raise more than £12,000 for the charity.
As the foremost Cystic Fibrosis (CF) charity in Scotland, The Leanne Fund works with individuals affected by CF and their families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian to provide vital social, practical, emotional and financial assistance.
The Co-op’s Local Community Fund has allowed Co-op members to support the charity while doing the weekly shop with 1% of spend on Co-op branded products going to the charity along with money raised from carrier bag sales.
The Leanne Fund is delighted to receive this cash which will fund a brand new service – ‘On the Move’ – a programme to support young people with CF who are moving away to College or University or setting up home independently for the first time.
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: “We are so grateful to the Co-op and its Members who have raised such a phenomenal amount of money which will make such a difference to the lives of young people with CF.
“’On the Move’ is a new service which has been created in response to demand from those we work with. For a young person with CF, moving out of home can be a very daunting prospect and presents many practical challenges.
“Through this programme we hope to be able to assist with providing essential items such as a fridge for storing medicine, help with heating costs; a mentor/befriending service etc.
“Moving away to College or University or setting up home for the first time can be really exciting but it can also be extremely stressful and worrying as new social relationships have to be built up. These are inevitably constrained by the nature of the illness and the need to protect against infection.
“At The Leanne Fund we recognise that these may be additional worries for young people with Cystic Fibrosis moving out of home and we want to do all that we can to help.”
She added: “We want to keep everyone informed about the work of The Leanne Fund and would encourage members to log on to our website to see more about the work we do and we will provide regular updates on this specific programme which is only able to move forward because of funding from the Co-op and its customers.”
Steven Cooper, store manager of Co-op’s Macaulay Road store, said: “We’re a close knit community and our customers and members have relished the opportunity to support such a wide range of local causes whilst doing their everyday shopping.
“It’s a great feeling to know that the groups and charities have had a funding boost from Co-op and can start to put the money to good use.”
The Leanne Fund will be hosting a day and evening of fabulous fun for the ladies of Lewis & Harris on Saturday 17th June.
We will be throwing a vintage style afternoon tea party, under a marquee, on the Castle Green of Stornoway. The event will consist of a Prosecco reception, various musicians throughout the day, lawn games, canapes, a hog roast, raffles, Catch 22 will join us in the evening and much, MUCH more!!