Minnigaff donations to Mountain Rescue

LOCAL MP Russell Brown has been visiting primary schools across Dumfries and Galloway to give Christmas donations to charities chosen by the pupils.

In the run up to Christmas, the Dumfries and Galloway MP has been running a competition to let children from local schools decide which charities he should award personal donations of £150 to. Pupils from primary schools across the region nominated the charities of their choice and winners were chosen for the Dumfries, Stewartry and Wigtownshire areas. Russell Brown has visited each winning school to meet the pupils and present a cheque to a representative from their chosen charity.

Minnigaff Primary School nominated the charity Galloway Mountain Rescue for the £150 donation.

MP Russell Brown said: “Galloway Mountain Rescue do vital work providing search and rescue to the public in a massive area from Stranraer through the Dumfries. The area includes the Galloway Forest Park, the Southern Upland Way and the 7 Stanes Mountain Bike tracks.

“I wanted to show my appreciation for the work of local charities at Christmas time with a personal donation and asked local primary schools to help me choose. I really enjoyed my visit to the schools and meeting the pupils. They were all really enthusiastic about their chosen charities and it is heartening to see them take such a keen interest in the work of these organisations. I was impressed by the breadth of the nominations and it shows the school children really spent a lot of time considering which charity they wanted to support. All the charities chosen by the pupils do amazing work to make people’s lives better. The volunteers who give up so much of their time are real heroes and I hope these donations go some way to showing our gratitude for all that they do.”

Ken McCubbin from Galloway Mountain Rescue Team said: “A big thanks to the pupils of Minnigaff Primary School and Russell for the donation to help with the running of Galloway Mountain Rescue Team. We rely upon the generosity of the community to ensure we maintain the highest professional service to those in need. This is even more relevant at this point in the Team’s development, as 2012 will see major expenditure on the new Team Base and replacing aging vehicles”.