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New group raises cash

Nearly £700 was raised for two local charities at a recent clothes sale in Lerwick.

A number of bargain hunters were out in force on Saturday at the Bowlers Bar in Clickimin to snap up donated clothes, shoes and accessories.

There were also homebakes and refreshments on offer and a total of £680 was raised for local charities Mind Your Head and Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.

The event, which was helped along on the day by six volunteers, was coined through the new group Let’s Make Change, Let’s Start Locally, which aims to ignite positive, progressive action in Shetland.

Speaking about the sale, the event’s organisers said: “We are very pleased with how everything went and we are delighted to have raised nearly £700 for local charities Mind Your Head and the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary. Both are very different, but they do great work in the isles.

“We weren’t expecting a queue of people before the doors even opened and there was a steady stream coming in throughout the day. We would also like to thank all those who generously donated clothes, other items and homebakes.

“We are already thinking about holding another sale in the beginning of next year.”

Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary will put the money raised towards a new outdoor otter pen for Joey and Thea, their current residents.

Jacqui Clark, of Mind Your Head, thanked the group for raising the money for them.

“The funds raised will make a real difference for us.

“We’ll be able to put that money directly towards helping us launch a support service next year.”

Jan Bevington, of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, said: “Big thanks to this wonderful new group for the effort they put in to this great sale last weekend.

“The money they raised for us will go towards a desperately needed new outdoor otter pen.”