25th May 2018
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Shetland CLAN appeal reaches £650,000 mark as campaign winds up

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Maurice Arthur presents a cheque for £4,148 to CLAN 1,2,3 committee chairwoman Elaine Jamieson. Maurice, from Whalsay, raised the money by running in the Edinburgh Marathon. Click on image to enlarge.

Maurice Arthur presents a cheque for £4,148 to CLAN 1,2,3 committee chairwoman Elaine Jamieson. Maurice, from Whalsay, raised the money by running in the Edinburgh Marathon. Click on image to enlarge.

The year-long Shetland CLAN 1,2,3 appeal came to an end on Monday having raised a remarkable sum in excess of £650,000.

The money, for a new cancer centre in Aberdeen, was described by the local committee as a “staggering amount for a small island community”.

Cecil Smith, the SIC councillor who pulled the committee together, said: “I couldn’t [have] imagined that we would raise so much money. That is a sign of how special the Shetland community is and how much they support the work that CLAN does.”

The committee is asking that anyone with outstanding funds pass them to the treasurer John Telford or any of the committee members as soon as possible.

Although active fund-raising by the committee has stopped the overall CLAN appeal continues for a further year with a target of £3 million still in sight.

There will be ongoing fund-raising by individuals and groups, notably Sound Dance Club, which is aiming to raise £35,000 for rooms in the new CLAN House. They are currently arranging a dance and grand draw for September.

A spokesman for the committee said that in winding down members wanted to express a very humble and heartfelt thanks to the community for their sterling support over the past 12 months and wish those who are continuing to raise funds all the very best.

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