Queen's Award for Galloway Mountain Rescue
The Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown, Aileen Brewis, has presented Galloway Mountain Rescue Service with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Since being formed in 1975, the group of 48 highly-trained volunteers has responded to over 600 incidents and are on-call and ready to mobilise day or night, whatever the weather.
From their base in Newton Stewart, these dedicated men and women have provided life-saving assistance to walkers, climbers, and accident victims in challenging and often remote terrain.
They also frequently provide assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, HM Coastguard and other emergency organisations.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “I cannot think of a more worthy and inspiring group to receive this honour.
“Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is an outstanding group of truly dedicated people who freely give their time to save the lives of others, often in dire circumstances.
"During the past 46 years the team has evolved and now has an essential role helping and supporting young people and other groups in our communities with fundraising and training.”
Ken Mackenzie, former Team Leader, added: “It is a great honour for the team to receive this award.
"It is recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment of all our team members, the understanding and support of their families, and the continued support of local communities over the 46 years of our existence."
Galloway Mountain Rescue Team was one of 230 diverse charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to be awarded the honour to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.Ms Brewis said: “I very much hope that we will see more of our exceptional groups of volunteers from Wigtown area nominated for this award in the future.
"Any group of three or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years and are making a positive impact in their community and benefitting others are eligible to apply.
The nominations for next year’s awards close on September 15, for more information visit https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/ or email [email protected]