St John Scotland has officially transferred ownership of Mountain Rescue bases to Dundonnell and Skye Mountain Rescue teams.
St John Scotland is proud to have been the biggest contributor to Scottish Mountain Rescue teams for many years, and by 2020, we will have provided over £3.2 million in funding, mainly through the provision of bases and vehicles. Since we began our support of Mountain Rescue, we have helped provide bases for 14 teams in Scotland including Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Galloway, Lomond, Moffat, Oban, Ochils, Tayside, and Tweed Valley.
The Dundonnell bases, in Dundonnell and Ullapool, and the Skye bases, in Glenbrittle and Sligachan, are among the last bases to be gifted from St John Scotland to the teams themselves. The cost of these bases has now topped £2 million and until now, were provided to the teams under licence and rent free.
Donald Macrae, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team Leader, said: “This is a very significant moment for the team and only made possible by the very generous support of St John Scotland. I have had the pleasure of working with St John Scotland from when they first financially supported the team in the building of the Dundonnell base and their continued support in the building of the Ullapool base. Their support of our team and the wider support they have given Scottish Mountain Rescue has not gone unrecognised.”
Gerry Akroyd MBE, Skye Mountain Rescue Team Leader, said: “Without the help of St John Scotland, we would never have been able to fund the two bases on Skye, plus the two vehicles which they have also provided. It has all made our life a lost easier on rescues and training.”
Angus Loudon, Executive Director of St John Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to gift these bases to the Dundonnell and Skye teams. However, this will not be the end of our relationship and we look forward to maintaining and strengthening our existing links with both teams.”
Moving forward, St John Scotland will maintain a close relationship with both the Dundonnell and the Skye Mountain Rescue teams and upon their transfer, the bases will each be known as the ‘St John Base’.
You can find out more about our support for Mountain Rescue here: www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/projects/at-home/mountain-rescue