The Crerar Trust announces that it has awarded a grant of £10,000 to Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Scottish Mountain Rescue will use the funding to make vital updates to our infrastructure including replacing our aging website and intranet. The funding will enable us to develop a new public website that is easy to navigate, and accessible via modern devices with up to date information about Scottish Mountain Rescue and our member teams, helping us to raise awareness of the work of the teams. The funding will also enable us to offer a new intranet for our member teams, making it easier to share information and ideas and best practice, helping teams to improve the service we deliver so that we can provide the best possible search and rescue service.

Crerar Hotels operate 11 hotels and inns which are based in Scotland. Uniquely, more than 50% of the group’s distributable profits are donated to charities operating within areas where Crerar Hotels are based.

The Trust, which is chaired by Paddy Crerar CBE, has awarded £7.5m of grants to over 400 organisations over the last 17 years. This forms part of a commitment to re-invest in the communities in which the group’s hotels and inns are based.

The Crerar Trust meets twice a year to award grants, with application periods closing on 1 April and 1 October, respectively. In this current funding round, £251,187.00 of grants were awarded to 30 organisations.

A wide variety of organisations received awards, including those providing support across health, education, and social inclusion to people of all ages.

Paddy Crerar CBE, Chairman, of The Crerar Trust and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels comments:

“We are delighted to have made this award to Scottish Mountain Rescue and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact their work. Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach. For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others, who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland.”

Kev Mitchell, Vice Chair, Scottish Mountain Rescue adds:

‘”Scottish Mountain Rescue are pleased to have the support of the Crerar Trust, to develop and update our website. It is important to provide volunteer team members and the general public with an up to date, informative and easy to access website which, like all Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams, is available any hour, any day, any weather. The award of this grant enables us to increase the amount of funding that Scottish Mountain Rescue can distribute to its member teams to allow them to support their local communities both on and off the mountains, allowing them to be better prepared and giving the public a real awareness of the high skill level and commitment in their local teams.”

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003