Scotland is made up of many inhabited islands all of which are unique (although this clearly does not extend to place names). The Hebridean island of Canna, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, has a Development Trust which is fundraising for a road on the adjoining island of Sanday.
A JustGiving crowdfunding page has so far attracted more than 50 donations and over £3,000 towards the target of £14,708.
The new road will stretch from the Canna bridge to St Edwards church, which is approximately 1.5 miles long and 3 metres wide, and will be made using locally sourced materials.
The Development Trust wrote on their JustGiving page:
“Canna and Sanday are two adjoining islands connected by a bridge that can take vehicles but there is no road on Sanday. We have already raised £17,200 towards the total cost of £31,428 for the road and just need your help to fund this last bit!”
Expanding on the project for the island of 500 residents, the Trust stated:
“Our project is to build a track across Sanday so islanders can get to and from their homes and businesses when the tide is in.”
“This will make a huge and immediate difference to the lives of everyone living there. It will enable islanders to travel freely by vehicle from the pier on Canna to home on Sanday, carrying basic supplies such as shopping, fuel for heating and for getting back and forth to work on Canna. Creating this track will be life-changing for residents of Sanday and vital to encourage new people to settle on the island.”
Funding for the road has come in from a number of sources, including: £9,000 from the National Trust for Scotland, £5000 from the MacIntosh Foundation, £1000 from the Campbell Fund, £1000 from Noble Caledonia, £250 from Milligan Transport, £500 from John Morrison Plumbing & Heating Engineers, £300 from the Northern Lighthouse Board, and £150 from Bella Jane Boat Trips.”
One donor wrote:
“Had a wonderful visit to Canna in April. Hope to be back again next year. Stunning wee island! Good luck with your fundraising for the new road.”