My name is Graham McPherson. Some may know me as an ex offshore medic, others as an Industrial Hygienists and others still in some other way. One of my hobbies is hill walking. In April this year I was walking near the summit of Beinn a Ghlo in Perthshire with some friends when one of them suffered a heart attack. Lindsay is a very fit, experienced and regular hill walker with no history of heart disease.
We assessed the situation immediately and contacted the emergency services via mobile phone. Whilst awaiting their arrival we ensured Lindsay was made as comfortable and warm as possible given our exposed location.
The Tayside Mountain Rescue Team (TMRT) mobilsed 17 of their members and an RAF rescue helicopter to the scene which unfortunately due to poor visibility could only land at the foot of the mountain leaving the MRT to climb to the summit. To say we were relieved to see them appear out of the mist would be a bit of an understatement to say the least !
The TMRT took control of the situation and carried Lindsay off the hill to the helicopter waiting at the base of the hill. he was then airlifted to Inverness Hospital. The speed and proficiency of the TMRT was incredibly impressive as was the equipment they had at their disposal. This equipment needs regularly replaced and updated. In this occasion it helped save a mans life.
In order to repay our debt of gratitude we decided to try and raise some money to donate solely to the TMRT to help towards replacing equipment and maintaining training etc.
Myself and the others involved in the walk (including the now fully recovered ill person) are intending to walk part of the Rob Roy Way in Perthshire from Aberfoyle to Killin over 3 days (19 - 21st Sept 2014) a distance of just over 30 miles to raise funds for the TMRT.
UK MRT's are all voluntary & entirely reliant on donations to buy equipment etc. To help them continue to provide such an important & potentially life saving service any donation you could make would be very much appreciated.
Graham McPherson /Lindsay Ross/Andy Ross//Alan Dickson.
Event Location: Perthshire
Event Category: Active & Health > Walking
Fundraising: Donations are accepted until 21 Oct 2014
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