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The very dab! Praise for charity fundraiser

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HE'S known as Dabby as he's a dab hand at all he tries and readers of the Free Press are familiar with his ability with a camera... Now the work of firefighter David McCreadie as a fundraiser has been recognised by Holyrood. Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has heaped praise on the Newton Stewart man, whose photography skills are helping to support the NHS and fire service. Mr Carson welcomed Dabby's special calendar which he has produced in order to fund-raise for the NHS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Support Service Fund. "David is carrying out a completely selfless act alongside a local printer who has waived any fee for their work and acts like this go a long way to showing the community spirit that is existing at this time," said Mr Carson. “This is wonderful news and I praise David for his completely selfless act while at the same showcasing some fantastic pictures. “We must all come together at a time like this and David is supporting two causes which deserve our utmost respect. “It is a great idea to see him take his photography skills into supporting our emergency services and the support he is receiving shows the community spirit that is alive and well. “I wish him continued success with his fundraising efforts.” Mr Carson has lodged a motion at Holyrood which states: 'That the Parliament congratulates David McCreadie, who is a firefighter from Newton Stewart, on his extensive fundraising efforts for the NHS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Support Fund; understands that David has achieved this by publishing a special calendar that includes pictures of the Newton Stewart area; recognises that his hobby of photography has resulted in him building a blog with over 6,000 followers; praises David for this selfless act during the COVID-19 pandemic; applauds the local printer on waiving its fees for work; understands that David has been a firefighter for 28 years; commends him for his service, and wishes him all the best with his ongoing funding efforts.' David said: "Photography is a keen hobby of mine and I'm really proud to be able to create something that people enjoy seeing on my blog but also using this following to help raise funds for two very important beneficiaries. "I'd like to say a special thanks to the local printer I work with regularly as they have waived their fees ensuring I can donate all proceeds to both the NHS and SFRS Family Support Trust.” David, who works as a landscape gardener, joined the fire service in 1992. Since then, he has attended at emergency incidents across the region, ensuring that communities are kept safe. Just like 282 other retained and volunteer stations across Scotland, firefighters at Newton Stewart respond to emergencies via a pager system and will immediately drop everything to respond to a 999 call. Speaking about the job as a retained firefighter he said: “Even after all this time I still love being a retained firefighter. It's an extremely rewarding job and there is a thrill aspect. It's funny, because I'm always thinking about how to get to the station if I'm elsewhere in the town – it's even to the point where I'll always park my car facing that direction for ease just in case.” You can see more of David's work at his Facebook page, Dabhand's Blog and order his calendar from there too.

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