The month of May brings the hope of warmer weather to our island and the longer, sunnier days are matched with the flow of visitors arriving off the Calmac ferries; the buzz surrounding the island signifies that the busy summer season has well and truly arrived here in the Hebrides.
For those of you camping at the Horgabost Campsite, soaking in those magical Hebridean sunsets, you may notice someone swimming laps up and down the beach. This isn’t just your average jolly into the water; Scalpay resident Paul Finnegan has been training for the Big Minch swim this May 2019. Paul and his swimming buddy Colin Macleod will be attempting to solo swim the Big Minch Channel between Mainland UK & the Western Isles, a massive 25 mile distance, to raise funds for their chosen charities; Paul chose to raise money for the Western Isles Community Care Forum. For the month of May, we will be giving 15% of the profits of each purchase of our Sgarasta Diffuser and Oceana diffuser to Paul’s chosen charity, Western Isles Community Care Forum, in support of his 25 mile swim.
Paul getting ready to take the plunge
Both Paul and Colin successfully swam the 15 mile Little Minch channel in June 2018, from the Isle of Skye to the Isle of Harris, raising funds for their charities, but this new challenge is one which sets the bar even higher! Paul is hoping to complete the swim after 25 hours in the water, and as with the Little Minch Swim, each swimmer will have their own support boat and kayakers to guide them across the 25 mile Big Minch channel. The swim route is from Gairloch to Lemreway (Isle of Lewis).
Paul’s chosen charity, Western Isles Community Care Forum, represents the wonderful carers who work within the Western Isles, and those who use carer services. It’s a charity which helps so many from Lewis, all the way down to the Isle of Barra.
So, if you’re hoping to scent your home with sea-inspired fragrances, this is the month to do it! Transport yourself to a Hebridean beach with our Sgarasta and Oceana diffusers, safe in the knowledge that you’re also supporting an amazing charity, and one crazy swim challenge. Learn more at www.theminchswims.co.uk