We won’t be beaten” says charity chief as thieves steal again from Loch Lomond Tom Weir memorial site.
For the third time in a couple of years thieves have cut their way into three heavy duty metal donation boxes at the busy Tom Weir’s Rest picnic area which is home to the popular mountaineer's statue in Balmaha on Loch Lomondside.
James Fraser, chair of the conservation and heritage charity, Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs said: ''This latest incident has been reported to the police and, thankfully, the boxes are regularly emptied, so they won’t have got very much for their trouble on this occasion. However, it does beggar belief that some thoughtless individuals think it is alright to steal funds donated by members of the public to help look after this memorial site and picnic area, and while it is disappointing thieves have struck again we are determined not to be beaten by them and we plan to step up security measures again.
Sandy Fraser, owner of the neighbouring Oak Tree Inn said: '' We take a great pride in looking after this hugely popular site on behalf of the Friends and it is disheartening when incidents like this occur when the charity is just getting back on its feet financially after taking a major financial hit through the pandemic like many local tourism businesses. This has dented the recovery process but we remain fully committed to maintaining this important site on the edge of Loch Lomond to a high standard in partnership with the Friends charity.
This means the Friends need the public’s help even more and anyone who wants to support their work can donate securely online via https://www.lochlomondtrossachs.org.uk/donate-online. Alternatively, small donations of £2 can be made by texting LOMOND to 70085”.
The charity has been very active recently around Loch Lomond providing badly needed facilities like temporary toilets and litter bins at visitor hotspots designed to augment the work of the National Park Authority tackling some the area’s visitor management pressures in positive ways.