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Timely funding boost for disability charity

Sandy Peterson earlier this week hiking the West Highland Way along with Kenny Groat to raise funds. Photo courtesy of Disability Shetland

DISABILITY SHETLAND has been given nearly £10,000 from the Scottish Government’s volunteering support fund.

To mark the start of Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June), the government has revealed the 117 recipients of this year’s £1.1 million fund.

Local charity Disability Shetland, which is the only organisation in the Northern Isles this year to benefit from the scheme, has received £9,705.

Groups receiving grants are encouraged to use the money to recruit volunteers from vulnerable backgrounds.

Disability Shetland committee member Sandy Peterson said in May that local fundraising events were now “bread and butter” for the charity in the wake of proposed funding cuts from Shetland Islands Council and the National Lottery. 

The group’s latest fundraising effort saw Peterson and new chairman Kenny Groat set off for a week-long West Highland Way hike in late May.

Meanwhile, CLAN Cancer Support is using Volunteers’ Week to issue a fresh plea for Shetlanders to join its ranks.

The charity, which has a base on Lerwick’s St Magnus Street, is looking for more support volunteers to help people affected by cancer.

Those interested in volunteering should contact CLAN in Shetland on 01595 697275 or email