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With the £3,000 cheque from the Youth Philanthropy Initiative for Shetland Foodbank – (left to right) Aiden Mercer, Charlie Anderson, Bertie Georgeson, Gus Young, Zoe Thomson, and Carole Smith. (Missing from picture, pupil Willum Abernethy). Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Foodbank has secured a £3,000 a donation following Aith Junior High School’s annual Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) final.

The money will be used for the foodbank, which is located in Lerwick, to improved disabled access.

As part of the national initiative in Scottish schools, secondary three pupils at Aith researched local charities and competed in groups to try to gain £3,000 for their chosen charity, with presentations held last week.

Five local charities were represented – CLAN Shetland, Mind Your Head Shetland, RNLI Aith, Shetland Foodbank and Shetland Pride.

After much deliberation, the independent judging panel of Carole Smith (Police Scotland), Zoe Thomson (Shetland Islands Council), Gus Young (Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) and Alex Reid (YPI Scotland) chose to award the funds to the group representing Shetland Foodbank.

Deputy head teacher James Garrick said: “This year’s presentations were both captivating and humorous, and accurately described the needs being addressed by local charities.”


YOUNG musicians across Scotland are set to benefit from a £50,000 funding scheme to commemorate five years since the loss of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in 2017’s Manchester Arena attack.

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust has opened its largest ever small grants scheme to support young musicians of all genres and disciplines to continue the piper’s musical journey and build her legacy.

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart said: “It is hard to believe five years have passed since the dreadful Manchester Arena attack.

“While the events of that day robbed so many lives, including 14-year old musician Eilidh MacLeod, I am pleased to support Eilidh’s Trust and their work in her memory which supports young people and their music.”

Youth music groups that are keen to be considered for small grant funding should contact Eilidh’s Trust outlining the following details:

  • The group’s background and history
  • The nature of the group’s need and how Eilidh’s Trust funding would benefit their young musicians
  • The group’s compliance with all regulations for safeguarding and protection of children and young people.

Applications should be send to: hello@eilidhstrust.org.uk


FARMERS’ union NFU Scotland will visit Lerwick later this month as part of a country-wide roadshow.

The event will take place at the Shetland Hotel in Lerwick on 31 May from 7pm.

Farmers and crofters are invited to discuss Scotland’s transition from a post-Brexit, post-Common Agricultural Policy support framework to a new agricultural policy in Scotland, expected to be in place by 2025.


SHETLAND Arts is seeking expressions of interest from artists and creative practitioners of all disciplines for a national Covid community memorial programme.

The invitation for expressions of interest closes on 22 May.

Remembering Together is a national programme that brings together communities and artists/creative practitioners in collective acts of reflection, remembrance, hope and healing.

Managed by Greenspace Scotland, and supported with £4.2 million provided by the Scottish Government, memorial projects are being co-created in every local authority area of Scotland as communities work with artists/creative practitioners to honour those that have lost their lives to Covid-19 and reflect on their own experiences.

Artists and creative practitioners can find more details and how to apply here.


OIL giant BP says it intends to invest up to £18 billion in the UK’s energy system by the end of 2030.

This includes developing lower emission oil and gas projects to support near term security of supply at the Clair and Schiehallion fields west of Shetland.

The company will also progress electrification projects in the Central North Sea and West of Shetland to further reduce operational emissions.

BP’s profits for the first three months of this year have more than doubled as oil and gas prices rise, leading to calls for the introduction of a “windfall tax” to help people struggling with the cost of living.