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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Rescue group get bag boost

CASH from sales of supermarket plastic bags are delivering funding boosts to local charities - with Moffat Mountain Rescue the latest to benefit.

The team have received £600 to buy a special stretcher that inflates.
Member Gill Pearcey has welcomed the funding award. She said: “A big company like Morrisons supporting a local charity is, I think, fantastic, with the sale of these carrier bags.
“With the Durisdeer tragedy, we’ve really been pulled into the news, and I think something like this is really good for the community.”
Moffat Mountain Rescue now have enough to buy a vacuum mattress, which keeps the rescued person secure on the stretcher.
Gill said: “We’re over the moon.”
Meanwhile, Morrisons community champion Myra Smith is urging other organisations to bid for cash.
She said that there is no limit to how much money either a local or national charity can request: “There’s a pot of money through the 5p on carrier bags and the recycle bins – the money that they get from them.
“If you’re a registered charity, you can apply yourself.”
Myra is encouraging any charity looking to bid into the fund to contact her directly so that she can help develop and promote applications, by emailing [email protected]

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