Trio of hotels recog­nised for fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THREE fam­ily-owned hotels around Loch Lomond have been recog­nised for their tire­less fundrais­ing work af­ter col­lect­ing £42,000 be­tween them over the past six years.

The project was car­ried out as part of the Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs char­ity ini­tia­tive OUR park vis­i­tor giv­ing scheme.

The Lodge on Loch Lomond Ho­tel at Luss has raised £18,300 in con­tri­bu­tions from vis­i­tors, while the nearby Inn on Loch Lomond at In­ver­beg has col­lected £9,700, and the Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha has raised £14,000.

These sums have been col­lected through opt-in do­na­tions by guests stay­ing overnight and restau­rant cus­tomers, with the funds raised go­ing to­wards sup­port­ing a range of her­itage, con­ser­va­tion, ac­cess and pub­lic safety projects through­out the na­tional park for the ben­e­fit of vis­i­tors’ and res­i­dents’ en­joy­ment of the park.

Re­cent projects sup­ported with grants from the Friends of OUR park vis­i­tor giv­ing scheme in­clude im­prove­ments to paths around the loch, the pro­duc­tion of paths leaflets, roll out of pub­lic de­fib­ril­la­tors, Tom Weir’s rest and view­point at Balmaha, and chil­dren’s play ar­eas at Bal­loch and Luss.

There have also been hun­dreds of dis­ad­van­taged young­sters spon­sored on ac­tiv­ity days out and short breaks in the Park as a re­sult of the scheme.

Friends chair­man James Fraser re­cently pre­sented com­men­da­tion cer­tifi­cates for dis­play at each ho­tel to Niall Colquhoun, owner of the Lodge and Inn on Loch Lomond, and Oak Tree Inn pro­pri­etor Sandy Fraser, and a smaller ver­sion will be in­cluded in wel­come packs in each ho­tel’s rooms to make guests aware of how much has been raised and the projects that have been sup­ported.

Mr James Fraser said: ‘ The amounts these hotels have raised as part of the Friends of OUR park vis­i­tor giv­ing scheme have been noth­ing short of re­mark­able and it sim­ply would not be pos­si­ble to sup­port so many worth­while projects in the na­tional park with­out the com­mit­ment of these hote­liers and their staff.

‘We rely heav­ily on this sort of sup­port from around 100 busi­nesses in and around the na­tional park and they all de­serve our sin­cere thanks, as do their many thou­sands of vis­i­tors who are help­ing us to make a real dif­fer­ence to make the na­tional park a bet­ter place for people and na­ture with the de­liv­ery on many prac­ti­cal projects on the ground work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’

Mr Colquhoun said: ‘We are only too glad to try to help lo­cally-based projects in the na­tional park which are in need of fi­nan­cial sup­port, and the Friends of OUR park scheme has been an ex­cel­lent way for us to do this. We wish to thank all cus­tomers and guests who have made con­tri­bu­tions to our fundrais­ing while we have been part of this great ini­tia­tive led by the Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.’

Mr Sandy Fraser added: ‘We are ex­tremely hon­oured to be recog­nised by the Friends in this way and only too glad to sup­port their ef­forts to make a dif­fer­ence in the na­tional park. It would not have been pos­si­ble to raise these funds with­out the sup­port of our cus­tomers over the years, who have given will­ingly to en­sure that many lo­cal projects can be sup­ported. Thanks to ev­ery guest and restau­rant cus­tomer who has do­nated – you can see from the range of projects sup­ported by the Friends just how im­por­tant your gen­eros­ity is.’

Be­low, Lodge and Inn on Loch Lomond owner Niall Colquhoun, left, and staff mem­bers Johnny Aitken and San­dra Cun­ning­ham are pic­tured re­ceiv­ing a com­men­da­tion cer­tifi­cate from James Fraser, sec­ond from right.

Above, Sandy Fraser, Oak Tree Inn pro­pri­etor, sec­ond from the right, ac­cepts the cer­tifi­cate from James Fraser, right, with staff Nida Kal­a­dyte and Damian Au­gus­cik.

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