High ambition of mountain challenge

Local charity fundraisers should put a date in their diary: Sunday, April 15.

The now annual Galloway Mountain Rescue Team Charity Challenge is reaching new heights, offering its unique support package for those up for the challenge of ascending the highest peak in the south of Scotland.

The Merrick dominates the hills around Loch Trool and this branched finger is the highest of the so-called “Range of the Awfu’ Hand”. At 843 metres, it is the highest summit in the Galloway Hills and on a clear day offers fantastic panoramic 360 views of Galloway and beyond.

David McNicol, fundraising officer, said: “Our previous challenges have all been on the smaller 711m Cairnsmore of Fleet. By popular demand, mostly from fundraisers who sought a new challenge, we have decided this year to offer something fresh. The Merrick is by far the most obvious choice and if we are lucky, everyone should be able to enjoy the incredible remoteness and extensive views the summit provides.

“In keeping with what has now become a customary feature, musical entertainment will be provided on the summit and, of course, team members will be stationed along the route to provide encouragement and support throughout the day.”

Anyone who has previously participated in a Galloway MRT challenge now has a new focus upon which to aim their sights. These are unique annual events, which offer the safety and supervision of a team of experts who know this area like the back of their hands. What better support could you ask for to ensure the success of your charity fundraising event?

Anyone interested in participating in the challenge either to raise money for their own personal charity or to raise money for Galloway MRT, should contact David McNicol on 07789 902430 or by email to davidmcnicol@live.com. Entry forms can also be download and further information can be had from the team website at www.gallowaymrt.org.uk.