Less than a month to go to the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team Annual Charity Challenge

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It’s less than a month until the 2024 Moffat Mountain Rescue Team Annual Charity Challenge. The team’s most important fundraising event of the year is scheduled to take place on 9th June and will celebrate the landscapes of Moffat and feature Donald’s, Dales & Tops.

The Charity Challenge this year will take its inspiration from Moffat’s newfound status as Scotland’s Eagle Town, the UK’s first, with every participant receiving a custom-designed t-shirt incorporating the theme.

Walkers will be offered a choice of 4 fully recced and way-marked routes which will lead them through hills where the eagles have been known to soar. The variety of terrain across the four routes offers something for all abilities and is a great opportunity to get out in the hills and enjoy some time recharging in nature.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team is a charity and relies on the generosity of public donations to maintain the kit required to carry out emergency search & rescue activities and the Charity Challenge is our main annual event to raise funds for the coming year. Participants for the Charity Challenge event often like to raise additional sponsorship from friends and family to add to their registration fee and to support this Moffat MRT have created a Just Giving page and a downloadable sponsorship form – both available HERE.

Team Leader, James Coles, Moffat Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Moffat is one of the UK’s most stunning locations to go hillwalking and this inevitably means there may be occasions when visiting walkers or members of our community get into difficulty. Is it an honour to lead our team on callouts where they administer support and casualty care by rescuing and locating missing persons across our area of responsibility. Our annual charity challenge allows us to raise the essential funds needed to continue our work and increase awareness of our stunning landscape which has so much to offer, including perhaps a glimpse of our newly introduced eagle population.”

David Hope-Jones, Chief Executive, South of Scotland Destination Alliance said: “We’re hugely lucky to be surrounded by such fantastic hills, incredible scenery and amazing wildlife.  Our Mountain Rescue teams help ensure that both locals and visitors can enjoy our hills and remote areas in a safe and responsible way.  The least we can do is come out as a community and support those who keep us safe.  That’s why I’ll be there, with my family, taking part in the Annual Charity Challenge on the 9th June.”

Rick Taylor, Community Outreach Officer for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Moffat Mountain Rescue over the last three Eagle Festivals. They are a great organisation and deserve a huge amount of support from their local community. This event sounds absolutely fantastic, and you may even get the chance to see one of the young eagles, possibly even Sinclair, a young male who was adopted and named by Moffat Mountain Rescue in 2021. By taking inspiration from Moffat Eagle Town, this great charity challenge will also help to play a vital role in raising awareness of the importance of golden eagles to the south of Scotland.”

To find out more information on the routes and register for the Moffat MRT Charity Challenge 2024 links are found here: https://www.moffatmrt.org.uk/events/charity-challenge-2024/

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