In late August, the Isle of Harris Distillery announced a special release of their Harris gin, housed in a ceramic ceilidh bottle made by ceramicist, Rupert Blamire.
The ceilidh bottle has been made by hand and glazed in the colours of the island’s sea and sky, with the familiar, tactile wave pattern.
The distillery launched this ceilidh bottle to offer gin fans a new way to connect with friends and family, even from afar.
The first batch sold out online in minutes and led to queues outside the distillery shop, with gin fans keen to buy a bottle.
One lucky buyer, Mairi Mackenzie, is now raffling off a bottle, with tickets priced at £5 and all proceeds going to Bethesda Hospice.
Posting on Twitter, Mairi said: "After visiting @harrisdistiller this morning and seeing the demand I am raffling a Cèilidh bottle I bought from the first batch to raise funds for Bethesda - for a £5 donation you could win one!"
Bethesda Hospice, located in Stornoway, is a nursing home and hospice that provides care for residents of the Outer Hebrides.
After visiting @harrisdistiller this morning and seeing the demand I am raffling a Cèilidh bottle I bought from the first batch to raise funds for Bethesda https://t.co/sP1cOCtd9p - for a £5 donation you could win one! #ceilidhgin #harrisgin #fundraising #Bethesda
— Mairi Ord (@MairiOrd) September 12, 2020
Mairi has currently raised £4,075, a whopping 8150 per cent over her original £50 target. Posting on her Just Giving page, Mairi wrote: "Some might sell their bottle online for a fortune but I am giving one lucky person the opportunity to get their hands on this bottle for a £5 donation to Bethesda. "
To enter the raffle, which ends at 7pm on Saturday 19 September. and donate £5 please visit Mairi's Just Giving page.
The second batch also sold out in record time, with another lot of ceilidh bottles due online on 22 September.