Tuesday, January 31 2017
The Friends have made a £1,000 donation to the Drymen based Loch Lomond Rescue Team’s funding appeal for a new rescue vehicle.
The Rescue Team is looking to replace its existing 4x4 vehicle with a new all-terrain vehicle to enable its members to continue to undertake their important rescue work in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park which attracts over million visitors a year. The funding contribution from the Friends has been made possible due to the success of the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme which involves a range of local tourism businesses collecting donations from visitor enjoying recreational opportunities in the National Park.
The Friends of OUR park project has been operational since 2010 and has raised substantial sums for a wide range of projects in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park area.
James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “The work undertaken by Lomond Mountain Rescue Team’s many volunteers is vital to ensuring the safety of visitors to Ben Lomond and surrounding hills all year round and we are pleased to make a donation to this very project.
‘’The Friends of OUR park project has enjoyed another successful year thanks to the generosity of businesses all over the National Park and we very much appreciate their continued support. We also would urge any interested companies to get in touch with us if they wish to join this project, which aims to continue to support causes like Loch Lomond Mountain Rescue Team with important funding for years to come.”
Heather Sinclair, of Lomond Mountain Rescue Team, said: “If all required funding is secured, the new vehicle will allow the team better access, better communications and ability to respond to emergencies in wild places not accessible without it. The present vehicle, which requires replaced, is fully equipped with blue light driving equipment and appropriate communication equipment as well as a plethora of medical, technical and other equipment necessary for searches and rescues.
“We are extremely grateful to Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs for this most generous donation, and to all those who contributed to their Friends of OUR park programme to enable this to happen. Their fundraising is a tremendous asset to organisations like ours.”