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News round-up / RNLI fundraiser, vaccination reminder, Grieg restructure

James and Belinda Richardson in Lerwick before setting off on their Porsche 911 fundraising trip. Photo: RNLI

A RETIRED couple driving a Porsche-911 will start their fundraising tour of RNLI lifeboat stations around Scotland from Lerwick lifeboat station on Friday.

James and Belinda Richardson aim to visit all 77 stations, past and present, to raise funds to the charity.

After setting off from Lerwick, they expect to cover 2,800 miles, driving anti-clockwise around the coastline of Scotland over the next 19 days, completing their journey at the Kirkwall station at 9.11am on Wednesday 11 September.

Lerwick lifeboat coxswain Darren Harcus said: “We hope to give James and Belinda a good send off on their Scottish adventure to raise funds that will help the RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.

“We’d be very pleased to see anyone who wishes to come along on Friday morning to cheer them on their way.”

After leaving the Lerwick lifeboat station, James and Belinda will be heading to visit the Aith station later the same morning.


NHS Shetland have been reminding young adults to check with their GPs whether they have been vaccinated against meningitis.

Consultant in public health medicine Dr Susan Laidlaw, said: “Before 2015, teenagers were given the Meningitis C vaccine along with the ‘teenage booster’ TdIPV (tetanus, diphtheria and polio) at age 14-18.

“In 2015 the Meningitis C vaccine was replaced by the MenACWY vaccine because of an increase in cases of Meningitis W among young people in the UK.

“These vaccines used to be given in GP practices in Shetland. However since 2018 have been given in school, in S3, with opportunities to catch up in later years if missed.

“I would urge all those who have left school this year to check that their vaccinations are up to date, particularly that they have had MenACWY (and not just Men C).“

Information about vaccinations for teenagers and young people can be found at: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/when-to-immunise/young-people-from-11-to-24-years


GRIEG Seafood Seafood may consider selling its operation on the island of Skye as part of it strategic review of its operations in the UK.

The Norwegian company has its main base in Shetland where it is one of three large producers.

However, it also owns five farms around the coast of the large west coast island. Due to the distance between Shetland and Skye there are few synergies between the two operations.

Grieg Seafood chief executive Andreas Kvame said the company would explore several possibilities; options could include different kinds of strategic partnerships, a business transfer of the farms to another company or assessing new ways to create better local synergies.

“This is an open process of exploration, and we cannot guarantee that it will result in any specific outcome,” he said.

“We value our 21 talented employees on Skye and understand that this situation creates a degree of uncertainty for them. We do not envisage that this process will lead to the loss of any jobs.”