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St John Scotland supports UK & Ireland MR Conference

St John Scotland a Scottish charity dedicated to medical and rescue activities has committed to support the UK and Ireland Conference in September 2014. The conference comes to Scotland once every 8 years and is a major event in the diary of mountain rescuers.

Confirming the announcement Sir Malcolm Ross, Chairman of the board of trustees of St John Scotland said “We are proud to be associated with the brave and skilled men and women in mountain rescue teams across Scotland who risk their lives to save those of others. We are a charity dedicated to life-saving and life-enhancing work and see our long association with Scottish Mountain Rescue as a key partnership in delivering our charitable objectives.”

Conference Chairman Jonathan Hart commented “St John Scotland have supported Scottish Mountain Rescue since 1997 and since then donated close to £3.5million toward our work. This relationship and support is essential to the world class voluntary mountain rescue service we provide. I am absolutely delighted that they are supporting the conference and look forward to welcoming Sir Malcolm Ross and his colleagues to the event.”

The conference which will take place in Aviemore this year will attract 300 delegates and is based mostly on outdoor workshops in small groups using venues in the stunning Cairngorms National Park. This will allow the best possible opportunity for skills transfer between representatives from different teams and countries.

Martin McCallum lead conference organiser said “The support from St John Scotland confirms the critical role of mountain rescue in community resilience and I’m delighted that they are taking such an important role in our national event.”

More information on the conference is available from the conference website http://mrgathering2014.scottishmountainrescue.org/ which contains all necessary information and links.

More information on St John Scotland is available from their website http://www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/

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