Cash cheer for rescue boat

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A life-saving rescue service in Port William has benefited from a donation from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP).

To mark the ongoing works taking place in the village by DGHP, a donation of £1200 was given to the Port William Inshore Rescue Service Action Committee (PIRSAC).

PIRSAC provides a vital service to the local area of Port William and DGHP wanted to mark the 14 new-build properties in the village with a special donation.

George McKenzie, chairman of PIRSAC, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation. We are independent and rely heavily on donations, so to receive this from DGHP is wonderful.

“Any money we receive goes towards the upkeep of the boat and we are also in desperate need of some new kits for the 10-strong crew. We might look at putting some of this money towards that.”

John Hay, chairman of DGHP’s Investment and Regeneration Committee, said: “We are really pleased to be able to help such a vital local cause in the village. All of the crew members are from the village and do such an important job in saving lives along the shores of Port William and beyond.”

James Shirazi, DGHP’s director of Investment and Regeneration, added: “We are currently building 14 new houses in Port William and we hope that work will be complete by the end of the summer.

“This will go some way to reducing our current housing waiting lists in the area. We were delighted to be able to give some much-needed funds to a local cause close to the hearts of everyone in the village.

“We also wanted to mark the sad death of George Murray, one of our board members who lived in Port William, who died in September last year. We hope this is a fitting tribute to George, and the village of Port William.”

If anyone would like to get in touch with the members of PIRSAC they can be contacted through the Mr McKenzie on 07748 044 002.