For the fifth year in a row we bought raffle tickets at the Islay Quilters in May and you have probably guessed it... we did not win any price for the fith year in a row. But that doesn't matter one bit. By joining the raffle we have supported a good cause, which, this year, was the Islay branch of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Money well spent, specially when you consider I had the pleasure/bad luck to be a patient in the Islay ambulance in 2007. It felt good to do someting in return for the people who helped me in such an excellent way back then! When you are holidaying on Islay, make sure to pay a visit to the quilters at the square and buy raffle tickets. You might not win a quilt but you can still be a winner by supporting a charity, and a bunch of cheerful ladies! Below an article from the Ileach with information about this year's raffle:
Our annual raffle was well supported by both locals and visitors to Islay and we are grateful to Argyll and Bute LibDem MP Alan Reid for drawing the prizes at the 2008 Islay ShowThe star prize of a colourful quilt made by our members in the well-known log cabin pattern was won by Euan Clyne of Port Charlotte. This splendid piece of work is now enhancing his parentâ€™s bedroom. Islay Quilters wish to thank the following for their generous donations to our raffle: - CalMac, Port Charlotte Hotel, W McFarlane, Bridgend Stores, Bill Wood, Jane Taylor, Bramblepatch Jewellery, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Diageo, Isle of Jura and Laphroaig distilleries. Additional prizes were donated by members of Islay Quilters. The substantial sum of Â£1,000 was raised by this raffle and will be shared between Islay Quilters and the Islay branch of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Thanks too are due to everyone who bought tickets - we will soon be choosing a design for next yearâ€™s quilt. In addition, we are now working on a Jane Taylor designed wall hanging for the new extension to the Finlaggan Visitor Centre in response to a request from the Finlaggan Trust committee.