Point and Sandwick Trust, a Western Isles organisation that funds and supports development of community projects, announced on 23 March that it will divert all of its additional income to set up a pandemic support fund for the local community. The Trust operates the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides – the largest community-owned wind farm in the UK in terms of output.
Calum Macdonald, Development Manager for Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “The Point and Sandwick Trust Board have decided to devote all the income that isn’t already committed to key local organisations like Bethesda to support the community effort we are going to need to get through the pandemic. “
He continued: “That is why the Board have decided to use all its spare income in 2020, or to the end of the emergency, to set up a Pandemic Community Fund. We will have discussions with local organisations including Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles to work out how the fund can best be used. We also hope to have discussions with other funding partners and intend to support work being done locally by Point, Sandwick and Stornoway Community Councils and others. “