Local News for Tuesday 12th April 2016

Tartan cyclist reaches islands
Tartan Explorer Josh Quigley will cycle through Stornoway today as he rides 1500 miles around the edge of Scotland to raise awareness of mental health issues. Josh Quigley is being supported in his adventure by the charity See Me, and will be welcomed to Stornoway by their community champion Murdo Macleod, who has arranged a visit to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health, before heading to the Callanish Stones. Murdo said: “I think it is important to support Josh as the cycle journey he is undertaking is a metaphor for the recovery journey that we are on following major mental health trauma and breakdown.” Eleanor Ogilvie, See Me community manager, said: “The most recent statistics showed the suicide rate for men was more than two and a half times that for women. Men can find it hard to speak out about how they are feeling, often for fear of the reaction they will face due to the stigma that still surrounds having a mental health condition. Everyone needs to know it is okay not to be okay, and it is important to speak about mental health, as Josh is showing”.

Leanne Fund 5k preparations under way.
One of the year’s major fundraisers for the Leanne Fund, the Point 5k, has been moved to April this year, and the build-up is well underway. Training for runners, walkers and strollers on the event on Saturday April 30th is encouraged, as is preparation of suitable fancy dress. The 5k circular route is easily the largest participation event in the district, attracting entrants island-wide and from even further afield to help raise funds for young people living with Cystic Fibrosis in the Highlands and Western Isles. This year's walk and run will be followed by a prize giving ceremony and light lunch at Sgoil an Rubha. A spokesman for the charity said: “It's a day out with friends or family, a walk around beautiful Point, enjoying a cuppa and helping a local charity along the way. If you want to get a group of friends together, or your sports club or team involved, then we'd love to see you on Saturday 30 April”. Information on how to take part is available from the Leanne Fund website or Facebook page.