SULLOM VOE – The residents of the Shetland Islands are famous for their collective action in rallying behind charities, and wouldn’t you know they’ve only gone and done it again.
When Brae oil worker Kenneth Thomson entered the oil industry in 2005, he never thought that he’d end up almost destitute, with practically no money. He figured he’d be secure for life.
“It always struck me as a really easy way to make lots of money forever”, Kenneth told Da Bonxie in an exclusive revealing interview this week.
But the unpredictably changes in global oil prices over the past 5 years have seen Kenneth’s paltry £80,000 grand salary SLASHED by 5%.
This caused the community to spring into action. Almost immediately, several JustGiving and IndieGoGo petitions were trending, and bake sales were being organised from Uyeasound to Dunrossness to help this poor man’s desperate situation.
In total, £150,000 was raised to help the poor Brae family, easily covering the lost £4,000 per year lost income for at least 37 years.
One local campaign organiser told Da Bonxie:
“Me haert bleeds fur Kenneth and his poorly family. A loch’o wis ir haed wir pay frozen ida past few year but givin a man a wage CUT is joost damnable.”