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Skye's the Limit 2 has taken the Island by storm, 30 teams of 4 battling over a month to try and get in as many hours exercising as they can.  As the challenge enters its final week, fundraising efforts are already over £2,000.  This money will be split between local charities Skye and Lochalsh CAB and Skye Cancer Care.  Event Organiser Sam Crowe, spoke to Lisa Madigan and Ishbel Macdougal from Skye Cancer Care to find out more about their work. 

For those who haven't had contact with the Skye Cancer Care, tell us a bit about what you do? "Skye Cancer Care was set up to support and facilitate the provision of hospice type care on Skye for people with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. We support the provision of specialised training and equipment for enhanced palliative care in hospital and the community. In order to upskill local health practitioners in palliative care, we fund places on a two day palliative care course in Inverness each year.

ssc vein finderIn the past we have refurbished room 5 in Portree Hospital to provide a more homely environment and funded things like pressure relieving mattresses, special sliding sheets and other equipment for use in the community. Last year we worked with local wind farm trusts and mowi to purchase a vein finder for the chemotherapy unit at the hospital in Broadford"

That is a very valuable service for the residents of Skye.  Clearly you work closely with the local Health Services and identify a lot of need from that.  However if there is a indivual or family needing community support, how do they access your help?  "It's usually local health professionals that contact us to request equipment (that isn't provided by the NHS) or training to help their patients but we would welcome anyone in the community to get in touch if they are aware of a specific need. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

The pandemic has had a huge impact on many charities, how has it impacted the work that you do?  "luckily we had just completed some of our training work just before the pandemic took hold.  However since then, that area of our work has been restricted.  Our community work has continued throughout, however we have seen donations to the service significantly reduce"  

If anyone is interested in getting more involved in helping the Skye Cancer Care, how do they go about this? "We would love for other people to get involved. If you are interested email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us on facebook"

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