Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team have kicked off a project to raise funds for a new state-of-the-art incident control vehicle.
The initiative will see the existing 15-year-old truck retired and replaced with a new vehicle which will be more reliable and equipped with technology such as a satellite data connection, touch- screen computers for search planning and the most up-to- date communications equipment.
The new vehicle is likely to cost in the region of £60,000 which will need to be raised through fundraising efforts.
The team are starting their festive fundraising by asking members of the public to buy them a ‘virtual pint’ via a donation on the team’s Virgin Money Giving page.
Volunteer and deputy team leader Dave Wright said: “Raising funds for a state-of-the-art incident control vehicle will be a challenging project and will take a number of months to complete.
“We thought that asking members of the public to donate the cost of a pint at the start of the Festive period was a good way to kick off the fund raising.”
The link to the teams fundraising page can be found here at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1005371
Tweed Valley MRT have 40 team members who are unpaid but very highly trained volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer assistance to lost or injured people in mountainous or remote areas.
For more information or to find out how you can support Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team please log onto www.tweedvalleymrt.org.uk
Tweed Valley MRT covers West Lothian, Mid-Lothian, City of Edinburgh and the Borders area to the West of the A68.