Published: 04/02/2018 19:00 - Updated: 01/02/2018 16:52

Fisherman's tragic death sparks huge fundraising

Written byHector MacKenzie

 

Alasdair Macleod
Alasdair Macleod on his boat Varuna.

DONORS have helped to raise nearly £7000 for two causes close to the heart of a popular Applecross community stalwart who died late last year.

Alasdair Macleod drowned in November while creel fishing from his boat Varuna. His body was later found on the shore at Staffin.

A crowdfunding page was set up in his honour, and its initial goal of £1000 was shattered.

Nearly 200 people donated and helped to raise £6945 before the deadline of January 27.

The causes set to receive the cash are the Applecross Community Company – the development trust which serves the Applecross peninsula – and the Scottish Creeel Fishermen’s Federation.

Mr Macleod served as director of the development trust for a number of years and was an influential figure behind the community’s hydro scheme.

He was also a founder member of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, which was formed in 2012 to give creel fishermen a national voice.

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