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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Kind donation to rescue team

MOFFAT Mountain Rescue Team has been given a boost from Dumfries Community Champion Ewan Fraser.

The owner of the Toll Bar shop, on New Abbey Road, saw his latest fundraising efforts pay off last Thursday when he handed over £500 to members of to the team.

The money raised from the purchase of carrier bags as well as donations, book sales and tombola contributed to the donation.

Mr Fraser said: “This is the first time we have been able ot help the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) who do an amazing job in saving lives and rely on public donations to fund all their equipment, base and vehicles. Everyone at the Toll Bar is really happy to have been able to give them £500.”

“The staff have been fantastic in fundraising and we also generated some of the cash from providing some parking for the Youth Beatz event.”

“We all wish MMRT well and hope more people help them with fundraising and donations.”

Meanwhile, the team were called into action on Sunday. They were asked by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland to assist in the search for a missing person who had been camping with friends at St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders.

The search turned into a multi team search which also involved SARDA Southern Scotland, Borders Water Rescue Team and a Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team.

A spokesman for MMRT said: “During the search we got a lucky break when one of the teams on the hill came across a walker on the Southern Upland Way who had seen the missing person earlier in the day without realising he was missing.

“This changed the areas we were searching a soon after that one of the search teams located the missing person tired but otherwise okay.”

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