Thank you for choosing BIC

That’s the end of our run in receiving profits from the Coop local community fund.

Firstly a huge thank you to the Coop for allowing us to profit from 1% on Coop spends and carrier bag charges.

Secondly thank you to all you wonderful people who took the time to sign up and select us as your local charity to receive your 1%.

We really do rely on the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses, to keep on doing great work in caring and providing regular meals for the elderly in the Black Isle.

We raised a whopping:




Loch Ness Beast Race 2017

We are proud to announce that the Black Isle team consisting of: Donald Angus Ferguson, Abigail Ferguson, Stuart Patience. Jordan Hossack, Greg Matheson and Steven Stewart not only completed the punishing 10k obstacle course, known as the Loch Ness Beast Race 2017, but also managed to raise the huge sum of £800 for Black Isle Cares. 

They may not have come first but they are our champions for sure.

It looks like they had a lot of fun along the way!

Donald says:

“The race was one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives, and the fact that people from our home villages will benefit from it makes it even sweeter.  Our average finishing time was 1hr and 30 minutes.  We did get separated from each other and finished at different times but Stevie Stewart showed us how it’s done by beating us by a whole 10 minutes at least!  All six of us will compete in the Beast Race next year with our partners and friends who want to get involved too.  We raised £800 this year and next year we have set a target of £1500.”

Well Black Isle Cares thanks all six of you for your training, commitment, competing and your amazing fundraising.

Well done and we look forward to next year’s race and the fun photos that follow.  Great work!



Local Community Fund – have you signed up?

We are coming in to our last few days of receiving donations through the Coop Community Fund.  There is a lot of money out there available to BIC, but we need your help…

So far £700 has been raised for BIC and a huge thank you to all who have registered and allowed us to receive their 1% and carrier bag money.

How does it work?

Are you a Coop member?  If not you can sign up in store or here:

What is the Local Community Fund and how can I join?

As described by the COOP (

1% for your community.

Our way of giving back to local communities

As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Co-op members have helped raise over £18 million for local causes.

This money, together with money from carrier bag sales, supports projects close to where you live.

Select your cause

If you’re a member you can choose a local cause you want your 1% to go to.

Step 1: Sign into your membership account

Step 2: Choose Black Isle Cares to receive your 1% (the category is ‘social inclusion’ in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Every time you shop, 1% of sales on Coop brands will come to BIC.

Thank you!




Highland Council Backs Fortrose Care Home

On the 17th October Parklands confirmed that they have received the go ahead from Highland Council for their plans for a 40 roomed Care home on Ness Road, Fortrose, Black Isle.

Our Chair Brian Devlin says;

“I am delighted that Highland Council Area Committee have today given planning permission for Parklands to proceed with their development in Fortrose.  This will be welcome news for those in our community requiring this type of care.

Since the closure of the Marine people who were told that that was their home-for the remaining portion of their life- have felt dismay, hurt and anger.

Their dispersal across the Highlands to other areas was a time of shame and disruption.  There is a crisis of care for the elderly on the Black Isle and a single care home won’t, in itself, fix that crisis – but it will help greatly.

I am proud the Black Isle Cares has played a significant part in supporting Parklands in their venture and we look forward to seeing the facility used and becoming a focal point in our community.”.

Read more about the Parkland’s care home here:


Lunch – hosted by Fortrose Library



On the 5th October Fortrose Library hosted a lunch for older people across the Black Isle.  Brian Devlin (Chairperson), was there, he said:

We had an amazing lunch prepared by Fortrose Academy staff and students for older people across the Black Isle.  Many of the old people receive Meals on Wheels from us.  The event was hosted by Fortrose library.
We also had a launch of our new leaflets and posters that were prepared by Fortrose Academy students.  Superb stuff.  We’ll hear more about the materials shortly.
Many thanks to all for making it such a success.