He might be down under but Skye's Kenny Gillies has got his thoughts firmly set on home.

However, it's not so much that he is missing the place but that he makes sure a charity event to be staged in Portree later this month turns out to be a real success.

Speaking from Australia, Kenny said: "Last October I lost my uncle Duncan Mackinnon to Huntington's disease after suffering from it for a number of years.

"Unfortunately since then two of his three daughters, my younger cousins have been diagnosed with the same condition. Last year I also held a charity ceilidh this time for Crohn's disease on behalf of my sister and brother in law and raised the massive amount of £4600.

"It was such a great night that I was asked on a number of occasions to do another, my response was that I'd only do it if I had a real reason to, obviously now I have. I'm hoping to try and raise some money for the Scottish Huntington's charity because their going to need help in the future. I would be grateful to all the local folk of Skye and beyond if they could come and support us on the night. "

The big event is to be held on Saturday 25th of February at 8pm in Portree community centre with music by 'the Ballochmyle ceilidh band'. There will be a licensed bar, raffle and small auction with £8 entry at the door, under 16's free but must be accompanied by an adult.Kenny added: "Anyone wanting to buy raffle tickets but can't make the night can contact me or Lorraine Munro on Facebook or from Tiff at the Thistle snack barin Howdens Carpark.

"Also I don't like going round asking for donations because so many charities out there but if anyone would like to donate can again either contact myself or Lorraine.