NEARLY £8,000 has been raised by a new campaign which aims to support Shetland’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Meanwhile, a creative-themed fundraiser for Shetland Foodbank has also raised over £2,500.
The Shetland Community Donations campaign, started by local businessmen Ghufar Razaq, has now raised over £7,770.
It was initially set up to raise money for more fabric and items for making scrubs for hospital staff.
It comes after a campaign was launched locally for people to sew together uniforms for NHS Shetland’s clinical staff.
Razaq’s fundraiser will also be used for “masks and other essential necessities that may be required as this continues”.
It will further be used for ingredients for Razaq’s restaurant Magno, where staff will cook for free to provide occasional “big feeds” to support frontline workers and anyone who is need.
Any leftover funds will be given to the ongoing Shetland MRI scanner appeal.
“We are asking just whatever you can spare and together we can achieve more as a community even in these times of self-isolation and social distancing,” Razaq said.
He thanked everyone who had donated and said he “really couldn’t have even dreamed of being able to do this without this amazing community”.
The campaign, started by local musician Jack Sandison, saw a virtual ‘buskathon’ held on Saturday thanks to Facebook Live.
Sandison himself performed on video in addition to Scott Moncrieff, Scott Tomlinson, Keirynn Topp and Seth Travins.
Another online buskathon is set to be held on Friday, with the performers broadening out beyond just music.
Among the talent will be Marjolein Robertson (storytelling), Nat Hall (poetry), David Bisset (singer/songwriter), Caroline Leask (bairn’s storytime), Kenny Johnson (Shetland cookery) and Peter Wood (accordion).
Sandison thanked anyone who donated to the fundraiser for the foodbank, which has had to rely on volunteers to keep the premises open after some staff had to self-isolate.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 400 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News