Communications between dog handlers and navigators serving the Search and Rescue Dog Association Isle of Man (SARDA IoM) have been given a welcome boost after the charity received a Celton Manx Recognition award to fund the purchase of new VHF radios.
SARDA IoM’s Jim Macgregor said: ‘The support from Celton Manx has been brilliant. The funding came at just the right time as we needed to replace our radios for the handlers and navigators. The radios are such a vital piece of equipment on call outs, so the Recognition award was really welcome and a big help in what can be life-saving work.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, who joined Mr Macgregor and his team to observe a ‘hasty search’ training exercise at South Barrule, said: ‘To witness first-hand the skill of the handlers and their relationship with the dogs demonstrated to great effect the vital community service Jim and his colleagues provide. Celton Manx has been pleased to present a Recognition award to the charity and commends the volunteers for their selfless dedication to locating missing and vulnerable people, missions which very often require them to work late at night and in difficult conditions.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx that aims to give heightened visibility to local charities and not-for-profit organisations, in particular those with limited resources for promoting and developing their services.
In 2017 Celton Manx made 27 Recognition awards.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery is pictured with SARDA IoM volunteers Charlotte Heap, Marc Marshall, Christine Lewis, Jim Macgregor and Gary Wright