Award for Port William volunteer

Alex presents Kate with her certificate. (DH)

Alex presents Kate with her certificate. (DH)

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KATE Morland of Port William First Response Team received an award at the weekend from Volunteer Action.

The MV award is for young people aged 16 to 25 who have completed 200 hours of voluntary work. Kate who is 21 and studying fitness, health and exercise at Dumfries College during the day has put in over 1000 hours in the last year “on call” including 200 hours of actual service and training. The presentation was made by Alex Fergusson MSP, at the World Oceans Day celebration in the port and the certificate was signed by Alex Salmond, First Minister. Kate has been called out by the Scottish Ambulance Service on a number of life saving occasions in the 3 years she has been a member of the Port William Team and is normally paired up with her father, Murray Morland who is chair of the team.

Port William First Response Team has been called out to keep people alive until the arrival of the ambulance over 120 times since its formation 7 years ago and the average is now once a fortnight. The team normally numbers 15 responders, who are paired up on an on call rota. There are, currently, two vacancies on the Port William team and vacancies on the Isle of Whithorn and Garlieston, Sorbie, Whithorn teams. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about this vital, lifesaving service should contact their local teams for more details.