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Scottish MR Benefits from TISO Support
Chris Tiso, CEO of Tiso Group today (16 November) underlined the specialist outdoor retailer’s commitment to lessen the funding burden on Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as he presented a cheque for £3206.75 to Paul Russell, National Equipment / Radio Officer and Deputy Team Leader of the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.
Chris Tiso handed over the cheque at Tiso Perth Outdoor Experience, one of its 15 (Tiso, Blues the Ski Shop and Alpine Bikes) outlets in locations that include Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh that stock high quality apparel and equipment for mountaineers, hill-walkers, skiers and cyclists.
The donation to support the 27 volunteer mountain rescue teams across Scotland is the latest raised by Tiso Group and its customers through its winter lecture series, in-store collections and a 5p levy on its carrier bags. Collectively, over the past ten years the stores have now raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.
Paul Russell, commented: “Scottish Mountain Rescue is almost wholly dependent on the generosity of the public, including customers of Tiso to ensure our 1000 volunteers have the vital equipment and training in place to rescue individuals lost or injured in our mountains.
“Our selfless volunteers, who conduct rescues in all weather conditions, 24/7 and 365 days of the year undertook around 550 rescues last year alone. This latest donation by Tiso Group and its customers is greatly appreciated. While we hope Tiso enjoys a busy forthcoming winter season, I very much hope our teams are quiet!”
Chris Tiso, a keen mountaineer, added: “Tiso Group is proud to continue to support the vital work of Scottish Mountain Rescue and its fantastic volunteers across the country. A huge thank you to our many customers who through our winter lecture series, collection tins at the till or by purchasing a 5p carrier bag have made their personal contribution to the invaluable work of a charity that’s dedicated to keeping all outdoor enthusiasts safe in our mountains.”
The specialist outdoor retailer also supports Scottish Mountain Rescue through the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Munro Challenge fundraising initiative.