Thursday, April 13 2017
Three family owned hotels around Loch Lomond have been recognised for their tireless fundraising work after raising an impressive £42,000 between them over the past six years as part of the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs charity’s innovative OUR park visitor giving scheme.
The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel, in Luss, has raised £18,300 in contributions from visitors while the nearby Inn on Loch Lomond, at Inverbeg has collected £9,700 and the Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha has raised £14,000.
These sums have been generated from opt-in donations by guests staying overnight and restaurant customers at the hotels in the knowledge the funds raised go towards supporting a range of heritage, conservation, access and public safety projects throughout the National Park for the benefit of visitors and local residents enjoyment of this special place.
Recent projects that have been supported with grants from the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme include improvements to paths around the loch, the production of paths leaflets, the roll out of public access defibrillators at popular sites, Tom Weir’s rest and viewpoint at Balmaha and children’s play areas at Balloch and Luss. Hundreds of disadvantaged youngsters have also been sponsored on activity days out and short breaks in the National Park as a result of the funds generated through the visitor giving scheme.
Friends Chairman James Fraser recently presented commendation certificates for display at each hotel to Niall Colquhoun, owner of the Lodge and Inn on Loch Lomond, and Oak Tree Inn proprietor Sandy Fraser. Smaller versions of these certificates will also be included in welcome packs in each room at the two hotels so that visitors are aware of how much has been raised and what projects have been supported.
James Fraser said: “The amounts that these hotels have raised as part of the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme has been nothing short of remarkable and it simply would not be possible to support so many worthwhile projects in the National Park without the commitment of these hoteliers and their staff.
‘’We rely heavily on this sort of support from around 100 businesses in and around the National Park and they all deserve our sincere thanks as do their many thousands of visitors who are helping us to make a real difference to make the National Park a better place for people and nature with the delivery on many practical projects on the ground working with local communities.’’
Niall Colquhoun said: “We are only too glad to try to help locally based projects in the National Park which are in need of financial support, and the Friends of OUR park scheme has been an excellent way for us to do this. We wish to thank all customers and guests who have made contributions to our fundraising while we have been part of this great initiative led by the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.’’
Sandy Fraser said: “We are extremely honoured to be recognised by the Friends in this way and are only too glad to support their efforts to make a difference in the National Park. It would not have been possible to raise these funds without the support of our customers over the years, who have given willingly to ensure that many local projects can be supported. Thanks to each and every guest and restaurant customer who has donated – you can see from the range of projects supported by the Friends just how important your generosity is.”