03 August 2023

Lloyd Kelso Announce Partnership With Border Search and Rescue Unit

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Lloyd Land Rover Kelso is delighted to announce a partnership with their chosen local charity, Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU).

The Scottish Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU), evolved from the Yetholm Rover Scouts in 1963, joined shortly after by members of the Cheviot Walking Club, and the unit became an affiliated member of Mountain Rescue Scotland, (now Scottish Mountain Rescue), in 1969. BSARU has become a crucial asset in the Scottish Border's rugged terrain. The charity provides vital assistance in emergency situations, conducting search and rescue operations for missing persons and helping those in distress.

The dedicated, local volunteers of the BSARU exemplify the spirit of community service. The charity currently has a team of 32 volunteers who train hard to be ready to deploy at any time: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, saving lives and aiding those in need in the region's breathtaking but treacherous landscapes.

Operating on a small budget, BSARU faces significant financial challenges. With annual running costs of £30,000, their determined efforts are only supported by a limited share of the funding the Scottish Government allocates to Scottish Mountain Rescue. Despite this shortfall, their commitment remains unwavering, reflecting their deep-rooted sense of duty and compassion for their community.

The BSARU is currently working on constructing a new base. The existing facilities—a cramped 3-bay garage—no longer suffice. The lack of space hampers their ability to store efficiently and access vehicles and equipment, potentially impeding their response to critical emergency calls and providing no facilities for team members.
However, completing the new base remains challenging due to the lack of funding. The charity relies heavily on the generosity of individuals, local businesses, and grants to realise its vision. Donations are crucial in ensuring BSARU has the necessary resources to continue life-saving work effectively.

BSARU's current base, a cramped 3-bay garage:

BSARU's new base under construction:

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our chosen charity partnership with Border Search and Rescue Unit. We are very fortunate to live in such a picturesque part of the Scottish Borders and it brings us great comfort to know, that BSARU’s team of exceptionally skilled and enthusiastic professionals are readily available to assist in any unfortunate incidents. The charity has consistently held a crucial position within our community and we are looking forward to raising vital funds and generating awareness for their fantastic work.”

Emma Lindsay, Aftersales Manager, Lloyd Land Rover Kelso

“On behalf of Border Search & Rescue Unit, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Lloyd Land Rover for establishing the joint fundraising partnership. 
The funds raised through this collaboration will directly contribute to our ongoing efforts in providing essential search and rescue services, ensuring the safety and well-being of those in need. With their support, we can continue our mission of saving lives and making a positive impact in our communities.”

Scott Thompson, BSARU Deputy Team Leader 

To find out more about Border Search and Rescue Unit and for more information on events and anything you can get involved with, please visit their website by clicking below. 

https://www.scottishmountainrescue.organd http://www.bordersar.org.uk 

BSARU is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SCO23213

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