Everyone at the Garadh has been saddened by the death of dear Martha MacDonald. She was the first volunteer to get involved when the service started in 1995 with permission to dig up the Taigh Ceilidh garden and grow potatoes for the Adult Learners and Alzheimer’s groups which met there. The first job was to bring up seaweed from the shore and Martha got stuck in with a will, her good humour and enthusiasm helping to make the whole venture get off the ground and continue through the many phases of growth over the years.
She has been a constant presence throughout our journey, showing interest and commitment and sharing her wealth of gardening knowledge. She was a committee member and then Trustee until recently, always involved and ready to get stuck into whatever work was going on. Wherever she was in the garden she could be found by following the laughter; her warmth and sense of fun were her defining characteristics and the Garadh will not be the same without her.
She was excited by the new building and hoped to be able to cut the ribbon at the opening. She did manage to visit the site whilst in construction, wearing a hard hat and high vis jacket, her eyes sparkling at the absurdity.
She will be very much in our thoughts as the building progresses, knowing that her dream of a permanent base for the organisation is being fulfilled.
RIP our dear friend, we won’t forget you