Living Lerwick Director, Stuart Jamieson from Harry’s, handed over a cheque to the Lerwick Lifeboat Ladies Guild this morning on behalf of town centre businesses. Linda Simpson and Rhoda Watt accepted the cheque on the Lifeboat pier.

£1,620 was raised from proceeds from the Winter Wonderland Grotto held by the town centre organisation in December, to give local bairns a chance to have a fun Christmas experience while adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines.

Families were given a 15 minute slot in a specially decorated shop space to receive a present and meet town centre mascot, Maunsie, and his friend Olaf the snowman. Olaf and Maunsie were assisted by volunteers from the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat guild, who got the presents from Harry’s toy shop and wrapped them. There were 191 presents given out over 3 weekends.

Stuart commented, “We are always delighted to be involved with the town centre Grotto event in December. As with everything, it was done a little differently this time, but we had excellent feedback from those who came along and enjoyed their winter wonderland experience.

“It’s been a difficult year for fundraising, so Living Lerwick are thankful to be able to present this cheque to the local Lifeboat station on behalf of town centre businesses and those who bought tickets.

“The town centre was a busy and lively place in the lead up to Christmas and I’d like to thank the Shetland public for supporting local businesses. We are still open for trading and we take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously, so would remind people coming into town that following the hygiene rules keeps us all safe and well.”

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