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Customers and businesses back Alness branch of Morrisons and Easter Ross strongmen in ringing up £1600 boost for Highland charity Mikeysline


By Hector MacKenzie

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Flanking Luke Stoltman are (from left) Donna Smith of Mikeysline, Kirstine Morrison, Mandy Ross and June Ross, Morrisons' Alness community champion.
Picture: Callum Mackay
Flanking Luke Stoltman are (from left) Donna Smith of Mikeysline, Kirstine Morrison, Mandy Ross and June Ross, Morrisons' Alness community champion. Picture: Callum Mackay

A HEART-WARMING response from a Ross-shire community to the plight of less fortunate folk provided a £1600 boost to a charity offering a lifeline to people struggling with mental wellbeing.

An online raffle hosted by the Alness branch of Morrisons to benefit Mikeysline was supported by strongman Luke Stoltman, one of the Highland charity's local ambassadors.

But there was no need for strong arm tactics when supporters reached out to local businesses, with an "unbelievably generous" response to a plea for prizes for an online raffle.

Kirstine Morrison, who helped the drive, said: "With all that's gone on with lockdown and the impact on business, the response was amazing." She described Invergordon-raised Luke "a fantastic ambassador" for Mikeysline, whose chairperson Donna Smith is also from the area.

The charity has reported a surge in calls for help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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