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Distinguished Service Award for Dave Neville

Distinguished Service Award for Dave Neville

01st November, 2023

Scottish Mountain Rescue recently presented Dave Neville of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team with a Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution over 45 years with Dundonnell MRT.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team are indebted to David Neville for his service to the team over the years.


It was during diving trips up to the North of Scotland that led Dave to buying Sail Mhor Croft, Camusnagaul, Dundonnell. Dave and his wife Lynda set up a local, independent youth hostel adjoining the family home, which was known to 1000’s of mountaineers climbing in the area.


Dave joined Dundonnell MRT in 1978 and held a number of posts within the team, including Team Leader, Chair, Secretary, Equipment Officer and Medical Officer, before stepping into his current role of call out officer alongside Lynda.


Dave took a strong interest in all things medical in Mountain Rescue. During his time as Medical Officer, he trained and became a BASP trainer, going on to train many of the Northern teams in emergency first aid skills, becoming a well-known face in the Mountain Rescue world. Dave is very much a community driven person and, while serving as Medical Officer, he helped the local community to fund raise for a defibrillator. Once obtained, he held defib classes at the Dundonnell base for the local community.


Along with operating the youth hostel, Dave also made use of his technical drawing skills and soon become well known and respected in his local community as a building designer. Dave put these talents to good use when he designed and project managed the team’s first base, fittingly in Dundonnell.


Dave has a really personable character and can quickly fit into a team and these are some of the reasons why Dave excelled in our team.  He remains a very approachable person who will readily give advice and support to others when needed.


Dave, on behalf of everyone at Scottish Mountain Rescue, thank you for all you have done for us over the years.


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