HHP is committed to assisting locally-based charitable organisations in a number of ways.
At the AGM on 7 September 2016, the Board approved a resolution to donate £1,000 each, from the surplus, to Western Isles branches of the following charities:
• Marie Curie Western Isles;
• Befriending Lewis;
• Action for Children;
• Bethesda; and
• Garadh a Bagh a Tuath.
Four of the recipients came to the HHP office in Stornoway before Christmas to receive their cheques and to give staff a bit of background on their organisation and tell how the monies would be used.
In addition to the AGM donations, HHP staff have been fundraising all year for various official events such as the MacMillan Coffee morning. We also wore it pink for Breast Cancer awareness; wore it red for Comic Relief, wore it yellow for Marie Curie, and we wore silly socks for Western Isles Autism.
Once a month we supported the Salvation Army by ordering bacon rolls from them and we also had a whip round to buy hot water bottles for them to distribute to people in our community who are struggling with fuel poverty. 10 covered hot water bottles were purchased and Back Pharmacy matched this with a further 10 uncovered hot water bottles. With the remainder of the monies toiletries and baby toys were purchased and these were also donated to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Appeal.
Our ‘dress down Friday’ monies this year were split between Neuro Hebrides, which supports people living with neurological conditions, and Seimh, the baby loss support group based at Ospadal nan Eilean. They each received £500 before the Christmas break.
It was a busy year of fundraising and giving for HHP. It was satisfying to hear how these monies would help people in our communities, and humbling to hear about the work being done by local charities throughout the islands. We wish them all well as we embark on our fundraising for 2017.