An Comunn Gàidhealach is grateful to have received £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.
This gift will support a “Mod Academy”, a bequest from the family of the late Charlie MacColl,. The Academy aims to give young people in the Lochaber area an opportunity to learn and develop their music and Gaelic language skills through professional tuition in Gaelic music, song, poetry and storytelling.
As well as developing new skills, the Mòd Academy will build confidence to perform and it is hoped that this will lead to continued development in the language as well as an increase in participants entering the Royal National Mòd in years to come.