News round-up / Fundraising efforts, a hat-trick of awards and new gritters named

Pudsey and the Radio Shetland team (left to right); John Johnston, Mike Grundon, Jane Moncrieff, Daniel Bennett and Davie Gardner. They helped to raise money for Children in Need.

OVER £22,000 has been raised in Shetland for Children in Need.

BBC Radio Shetland held its annual auction on Friday evening, with local musicians on hand to perform on the airwaves.

Locals also undertook their own fundraising attempts, with Pudsey the bear visiting schoolchildren during the day on Friday.

THE PHARMACY director for the Shetland and Orkney health boards has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award.


Kirkwall man Chris Nicolson, who has worked in Shetland for 20 years, was given the honour at the Scottish Pharmacy Awards in Glasgow in early November.

Chris Nicolson, director of pharmacy with NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney with his award.

Last year he was also made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Nicolson was recognised for working “quietly and intelligently to transform pharmaceutical care to patients in both primary and secondary Care”.

NHS Shetland’s Rebecca Greaves was a finalist for her hypertension clinic development work in the Lerwick Health Centre.

THE CHAIRWOMAN of local stillbirth and neonatal death charity Shetland Sands has been given an outstanding volunteering award.

Marie Manson was recognised during the 40th anniversary conference of Sands UK in Glasgow recently.

THE ISLES’ talents were further recognised when Shetland Dementia Resource Centre’s Laura Whittall was honoured with an Alzheimer Scotland award.

She was given a prize for the best involvement and engagement of people with dementia, their families and stakeholders.

Councillors Ryan Thomson (left) and Robbie McGregor (right) with winners and runners-up of the gritter naming competition at the Nesting school earlier this week. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council’s five new gritters have been named following a competition involving local primary school children.

They have been dubbed Ta Ta Snaa, Ice Maid, Snow Commotion, Moorie Mover, Salt and Shake.