Keepers swap the beating line for abseil line

Eleven gamekeepers from the Angus Glens Moorland Group faced their fears to abseil 165ft in aid of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Keepers swap the beating line for abseil line

Nine of the eleven abseiling members of Angus Glens Moorland Group, including Co-Ordinator Lianne MacLennan (left) and Jason Clamp (third from left) prior to their 165ft abseil.

They raised almost £3,000 for the service, which had helped save their fellow keepers in the past. Gary Croll suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage while building grouse butts up a 1700ft incline on the Millden Estate. A helicopter was required to carry him to a hospital at Ninewells in Dundee. Headkeeper Jason Clamp, who abseiled for the Ambulance, was shocked by his co-worker’s accident: “Gary complained he was feeling unwell. The next thing, he just dropped to the ground. It was really alarming. All of us are trained in First Aid. We called an ambulance and managed to get him in the recovery position.When the land ambulance couldn’t get him off the hill, the helicopter was there in 10 minutes and took him straight to Ninewells. Thankfully he is back working now and getting regular checks but specialists say the type of brain haemorrhage he had, many don’t survive. When the idea of helping Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance was discussed, we wanted to do it. We all work in remote parts of the Glen. People don’t realise but we are 45 minutes from the nearest hospital and I know because I’ve done the drive with my little one. So this service is really, really important to us all.”

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The Angus Glens Moorland Group abseiled 165ft from the Forth Rail Bridge

Mr Croll isn’t the only one to benefit from the Air Ambulance; there have been several instances of emergency aid on the moors. A trainee keeper from an adjoining estate required assistance when he took a tumble from his snow bike. Earlier, a guest on the same estate suffered a suspected heart attack and was flown to hospital for care. Flood waters threatened the life of the Gannochy Estate owner while out fishing; he managed to scramble up a tree after the river surged, but needed the air ambulance to lift him to safety.

Eleven members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group took the challenge last week, enjoying their stunt for charity so much they vowed to return in October to raise more funds.

Lianne MacLennan, co-ordinator of the Angus Glens Moorland Group, said: “It was good fun but it was also important to do our bit because the charity do great work in places where it’s really needed.”

To donate to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, click here.

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