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A major crowdfunding exercise has been launched by the Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team to get funds together for a new base.

HebMRT operates throughout the whole of the Outer Hebrides. The team is based in Stornoway, providing immediate access to the hills of Harris and Lewis.

The team is made up of 25 volunteers, who give up their time to train and help those in need in urban, hill and moorland environments. Team members are trained in basic mountain skills, search techniques, communications, first aid, rope access and off-road and ATV driving.

They are currently renting premises, and while we are grateful to have it, it is not fit for purpose as a mountain rescue base. The lack of heating and running water makes it difficult to clean and maintain equipment.

“Our new base will provide a purpose built space, that is designed specifically as a training facility and for equipment and vehicle storage. This will help improve the development of team members core skills as well as reducing the team’s response time for call outs. This asset will greatly improve the service the team can provide to the local community and its visitors.

"To make it easy, for those of you who want to help us on our way, we have created a CrowdFunder page that you can donate through."

Click the link below to find out more.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hebrides-mountain-rescue

The previous fundraiser was a Valentine's Day Raffle which raised £786 towards the new team base.