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Fundraising Officer

Introducing Neil Dalrymple

The Fundraising officer role is a relatively new position within the team.  It was created in 2009 to coordinate and provide direction to the team’s many fund raising activities.   We are based in a sparsely populated area, hence our team members are spread from Castle Douglas in the east to Stranraer in the west as well as Ayr in the north.  As a result, our fund-raising tended to be localised and run by individuals in their own local areas. Ever increasing health and safety responsibility to both team members and casualties was putting a strain on equipment and training budgets so a plan to better organise and increase fund-raising was put into place.  A calendar of events is annually drawn up and presented to the committee, as we recognise that full team support is essential to success. The events are ‘hopefully’ approved and a planned year of activities put into motion. We hope to not only raise funds but to raise the team profile within local communities out with the mountainous areas of Galloway where so many of our missing person searches now take place. Here is a list of some recent successful events: A Jive night in Castle Douglas town hall was followed by the now annual New Year raffle, other events were mostly successful but the star event was to become our big annual fund raiser. The Cairnsmore, now Merrick Challenge, is an opportunity for local groups or individuals to climb safely the highest mountains in South West Scotland and to fund raise either for themselves or the team. The first event was so successful for the team, and other local voluntary groups, that the team were featured in the Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine. Other spin-off’s soon followed and as a result of some of the local Sainsbury’s Supermarket staff walking for a Cancer charity up Cairnsmore of Fleet, they voted us their charity of the year for two years in succession.  As partners we raised enough money to buy an ex Police Mobile Office and fit it out as our Incident Control Vehicle. A great achievement from one small supermarket! One year after the creation of the fund raising officer position we started a supporters group  where people who were keen to be associated with the team, but lacked the fitness or the free time to be a call out member, were able to join us and help with tasks like fund raising, acting as casualties at first aid training and being ‘bodies’ for Search training. This new group, though small and geographically spread, has become a real asset to us for all of the reasons above, plus it has helped to spread the word about the good work we do as Mountain Rescue Volunteers.    
Galloway Mountain Rescue
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland

Making a Donation

You can choose to contribute to our voluntary service and fund the purchase of items on our Wish List in a number of ways: online single donation single donation payment by cheque monthly direct debit We may request a photograph be taken of a cheque presentation and arrange for one of the team committee to be present for the handover.  This is optional, and only arranged if you are in agreement to such a formal procedure.  Our Press Officer will generally circulate the photograph to the local newspapers and may include it on our website or Facebook page.  Media coverage is welcomed by many of our donors as it publicly expresses their support towards the work of the team.
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Fund raisers on Merrick Challenge 2012
years in operation  40 1975-2015
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Fundraising Officer

Introducing Neil Dalrymple

The Fundraising officer role is a relatively new position within the team.  It was created in 2009 to coordinate and provide direction to the team’s many fund raising activities.   We are based in a sparsely populated area, hence our team members are spread from Castle Douglas in the east to Stranraer in the west as well as Ayr in the north.  As a result, our fund-raising tended to be localised and run by individuals in their own local areas. Ever increasing health and safety responsibility to both team members and casualties was putting a strain on equipment and training budgets so a plan to better organise and increase fund-raising was put into place.  A calendar of events is annually drawn up and presented to the committee, as we recognise that full team support is essential to success. The events are ‘hopefully’ approved and a planned year of activities put into motion. We hope to not only raise funds but to raise the team profile within local communities out with the mountainous areas of Galloway where so many of our missing person searches now take place. Here is a list of some recent successful events: A Jive night in Castle Douglas town hall was followed by the now annual New Year raffle, other events were mostly successful but the star event was to become our big annual fund raiser. The Cairnsmore, now Merrick Challenge, is an opportunity for local groups or individuals to climb safely the highest mountains in South West Scotland and to fund raise either for themselves or the team. The first event was so successful for the team, and other local voluntary groups, that the team were featured in the Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine. Other spin-off’s soon followed and as a result of some of the local Sainsbury’s Supermarket staff walking for a Cancer charity up Cairnsmore of Fleet, they voted us their charity of the year for two years in succession.  As partners we raised enough money to buy an ex Police Mobile Office and fit it out as our Incident Control Vehicle. A great achievement from one small supermarket! One year after the creation of the fund raising officer position we started a supporters group where people who were keen to be associated with the team, but lacked the fitness or the free time to be a call out member, were able to join us and help with tasks like fund raising, acting as casualties at first aid training and being ‘bodies’ for Search training. This new group, though small and geographically spread, has become a real asset to us for all of the reasons above, plus it has helped to spread the word about the good work we do as Mountain Rescue Volunteers.    
Galloway Mountain Rescue
Fund raisers on Merrick Challenge 2012
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland
years in operation  40 1975-2015