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Community / Crime drama star helps Fair Isle fundraiser reach £80,000

The original plans for the new Fair Isle bird observatory.

A CAMPAIGN to raise money for building the new Fair Isle Bird Observatory has taken in around £80,000 in just over a week – with an appeal from Shetland crime drama star Douglas Henshall helping to boost the figure.

The appeal was launched on 17 August to address what was described as a “worrying shortfall in funding” to rebuild the world-famous observatory, which burned down last year.

The crowdfunding appeal aims to put at least £650,000 towards the £7.4 million project. The remainder will be covered by the insurance.

As of this morning (Wednesday) around £80,000 had been raised.

The appeal received a significant boost earlier this week after Shetland star Henshall promoted the cause with a video message on social media.

The observatory featured in the second series of the BBC programme.

A message from Dougie Henshall, star of the BBC TV series Shetland.

Posted by Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Guest House on Tuesday, 25 August 2020

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