Isle of Skye whisky boost for mountain rescue

Photo: Colin Henderson / Scottish Mountain Rescue

Photograph: Colin Henderson / Scottish Mountain Rescue

Sponsorship deal continues following successful first year.

Ian Macleod Distillers, the family owned distillery, is continuing to show its support for the Scottish Mountain Rescue team after its successful first year of backing the charity.

The Isle of Skye and Mountain Spirit campaign was launched in 2013 when the sponsorship began, where, with every sale of an Isle of Skye whisky, 15p would go directly to Scottish Mountain Rescue. Along with the launch of this campaign, Ian Macleod Distillers made a donation of £10,000. The company also teamed up with the outdoor retailer Tiso to organise the Munro Challenge, raising money for the charity by encouraging people to take on a Munro and fundraise for the cause. The chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue, Simon Steer, said: “The support provided by Ian Macleod Distillers means we can constantly improve the sustainability of this critically important service.”

MountainRescueBenNevis_4-2-webThe money raised goes towards equipment to help the Mountain Rescue team do its job; supplying stretchers, rescue dogs and training. The aim of the sponsorship is to raise awareness of the importance of the voluntary work carried out by the team and how vital it is to donate.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service documented an average of one incident every four days in the first two months of 2014. This shows the significance of the work carried out by those who volunteer. For them to receive the appropriate training and to have the right equipment, funding is of huge importance. It not only places those in need in capable hands, but also allows the volunteers to keep themselves safe.

The company is delighted to keep doing what it can in support of the charity, to help the rescue team continue doing the best job it can. Neil Boyd, commercial director of Ian Macleod Distillers, added: “Scottish Mountain Rescue is a perfect partner to the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky brand. It embodies the spirit of the outdoors, endurance and the landscape of Skye – home of the Clan Macleod.”
Picture shows leading climber Dave MacLeod with rescue dog Ruby at Ben Nevis for the launch of the sponsorship link-up.

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