Friday 16th November 2018 Issue No 2312


MSP Supports Minch Row

Maree Todd, MSP dropped into Lochbroom Leisure Centre this week to support the Rowing the Minch for MS crew. She chatted with them about their challenge to row from Stornoway to Ullapool in a 22ft St Ayles skiff to raise funds for the MS Society, and took part in a mini workout.

Maree, who keeps fit by running a mile every day, donned a bright orange MS Society t-shirt and used the rowing machine, informing the crew that there is one in the gym at the Scottish Parliament.

“Having grown up in Ullapool, I know well the community spirit which is driving this team. They are keen to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, which affects many people in our community and to show solidarity with those who have the illness, as well as those who care for them. They also want to raise money – so support them if you can. It’s a tough challenge, but they are a great team, and I am confident they will rise to meet the challenge.” - Maree Todd, MSP.

Maree Todd with crew: from left to right, Anthony O'Flaherty, John Grant, Maree Todd, Kathryn Bennett, Lorraine Thomson.   Missing from pic is Gary Lewis who was at work diving for scallops.rowteam 458x500

The crew have set a target for fundraising as challenging as the row itself and are aiming to raise £22,683 which equates to £1 for every pull of the oars (scientifically worked out on the back of an envelope).

The row is planned for 10 August 2019.

To find out more follow on Twitter @MinchRow and on Facebook Rowing The Minch For MS. Donations can be made online:



At the recent Highland Council Quality Awards Tom Grant, leisure assistant at Lochbroom Leisure was chosen for special commendation.

Well done Tom a well deserved accolade.