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Musician couple help out in Highland communities after return from Florida

By John Davidson

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Marianne and Liam Fraser-Stewart.
Marianne and Liam Fraser-Stewart.

Florida-based newly-weds forced to return to their Highland home due to the coronavirus pandemic have become Community Champions on their return.

Marianne and Liam Fraser-Stewart had been working as resident musicians in Disney Springs, Florida, when the outbreak caused them to rush home to Spean Bridge, Lochaber.

Their nomination stated: "Despite a last-minute transatlantic and cross-country journey (and the associated jet lag), they both immediately threw themselves into community volunteering to ensure the vulnerable members of our local village and surrounding area had someone to turn to."

The couple set up the Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge & Achnacarry Community Support group on Facebook and enlisted a string of volunteers in the area to help out.

The volunteers have been delivering food supplies to people in need across the area, with 92 emergency food packages and 232 lunch boxes delivered throughout April.

They have also been in phone contact with everybody over 70 who should be shielding in Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry, as well as visiting supermarkets and collecting prescriptions for many of them.

On top of this, they also set up a temporary pick-up point for the Fort William Foodbank, to save people having to travel the further 10 miles to the town.

The musicians also held an online concert to raise money for the food bank and made more than £1600 playing in their front garden.

Their nomination added: "We think they are amazing and that their kindness and tireless efforts deserve some recognition, even though they themselves would never ask for or expect this."

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