A prominent cancer charity has cemented its commitment to Orkney by buying its Kirkwall base.
Clan Cancer Support has occupied the Victoria Street building for the past eight years during which time it has refurbished and developed the facility to aid the local community.
The charity provides B&B accommodation for those traveling to the mainland for treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. It also acts as a support centre and shop.
The charity’s chief executive Colette Backwell said: “We’re passionate about delivering the support and wellbeing services that people affected by cancer need in the heart of their local community.
“This commitment is especially important for people who experience the challenges of living in rural and isolated areas.
“During my visits to Orkney I have been very aware of the passion in the area for the services we provide and how much Clan has been taken into the heart of the community. By purchasing the property we’re safeguarding this crucial community resource and showing our commitment to developing the services our clients require.”
Clan’s Orkney coordinator Karen Scott added: “From the moment we stepped foot inside the building the community has been outstanding in its support.
“Over 130 individuals and businesses took part in Challenge Clan to transform the first-floor flat, over nine days, into our own haven – a home from home.”
With backing from the Big Lottery Fund and Community Spaces Scotland, a therapeutic garden was also created.
The charity, which also serves the north-east, Moray and Shetland, offers free comfort, support and information to anyone affected by cancer.