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Queen's Award recognises efforts of volunteer rescue team

GALLOWAY Mountain Rescue Team has today been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Since its formation in 1975, the group of 48 highly-trained volunteers have responded to over 600 incidents and are on-call and ready to mobilise for emergencies at any time of the day or night, every day of the year - whatever the weather. From their base in Newton Stewart these dedicated men and women provide life-saving assistance to walkers, climbers and accident victims in challenging and often remote terrain stretching from Stranraer to Dumfries and from the Solway Coast to the South Ayrshire Hills. They also frequently provide assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, HM Coastguard as well as other emergency organisations. Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is one of 230 diverse charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. Representatives of the team will receive the award from Mrs Aileen Brewis, Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown, later this summer. Two volunteers from the group will also be invited to attend a garden party at Holyroodhouse in July 2021. Congratulating the team, Mrs Brewis said: “The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is known as the MBE for voluntary organisations and I cannot think of a more worthy and inspiring group to receive this honour. “The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are an outstanding group of dedicated people who freely give their time to save the lives of others, often in dire circumstances, by getting to those hard-to-reach places that can prove inaccessible to the emergency services. "During the past 45 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.” She added: “I am so looking forward to presenting the team with this Award when we are allowed to do so and I very much hope that we will see more excellent groups from Wigtownshire nominated for this Award in the future.” The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

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