Brewery hands over keys

Tennent’s van delivers help to islanders

ShawbostIsland shopkeeper Michael Fitzpatrick has received a surprise boost after launching a crowd fund campaign to buy a van to serve communities along the 20 mile coastline between Lewis and Stornoway.

When brewery managers at Tennent Caledonian saw how he was trying to help communities with no shop they decided to give him a helping hand.

They have provided Michale’s Shawbost Shop and Café with a Renault Trafic Swb diesel – fully stocked, of course, with Tennent’s lager.

Michael said: “We’re tremendously grateful to Tennent Caledonian for donating the van which we’ll have so many uses for. We’ll be setting up a delivery service covering the entire 20 mile stretch between here and Stornoway, with no set time slots and a very small minimum spend.

“Many of these communities don’t have a local shop, so with the van we can be really flexible and deliver to our customers up and down Lewis at any time of the day.

“They need only give us a ring and we’ll pop straight up. We’ll also be attending various community events acting as a mobile shop. I’ll even be able to take on two new members of staff to help with all the additional work.”

Alastair Campbell, managing director at Tennent Caledonian, said: “When we saw that Michael had launched a crowd funding campaign to buy the van we simply had to help.

“We work to support the licensed trade and communities across Scotland every day, and so were more than happy to lend Michael a hand. We’re delighted to support his efforts to serve the community and create valuable employment on the Isle of Lewis.”

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