Festive spirit raises £2000 for Mountain rescue at Sainsbury’s

OVER the Christmas period, the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT) and staff at Sainsbury’s Newton Stewart raised just under £2000 for the organisation.

Combined with the just over £600 raised in October, both Sainsbury’s and GMRT have raised enough money to purchase a new mobile base vehicle for the team.

Back in May last year, Sainsbury’s customers in Newton Stewart voted for the GMRT Rescue Team to be considered to receive another year’s worth of fundraising and support from the store and help with raising awareness of the charity in the community.

The GMRT provides search and rescue assistance to the public in an area covering over 80 miles from Stranraer to Dumfries, and 40 miles from the Solway Coast to the South Ayrshire Hills. The team, which consists entirely of unpaid volunteers, is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies at the request of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, and frequently provides assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard. The team was announced as the store’s new local charity partner in June 2010.

Store manager Debbie Barnes added: “With the incredibly generous support of our customers and staff we managed to raise £1960 for the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team in the week leading up to Christmas. Our customers and staff have really got behind our fundraising, and your donations have helped to support a local charity that’s close to many people’s hearts in Newton Stewart. Everyone at Sainsbury’s is delighted that we have been able to raise enough funds for a new vehicle for the Team, it will make a real difference to the important job they do for the community.

The partnership between Sainsbury’s Newton Stewart and The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team will end in the Spring of this year, and voting begins to nominated a new charity partner in May. For further information please contact Jonathon Heath, P.R. Ambassador, Sainsbury’s Newton Stewart, Good’s Lane, Newton Stewart, DG8 6EH, or on 01671 443800.