West Beach Sessions music festival in Hopeman raises £3,000 for Moray Inshore Rescue Organization

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MIRO Team Alastair MacDonald and Simon Paterson (centre) accepting a check from West Beach Sessions Organizing Committee members Barry Scott, Fiona Duncan, Ruth Scott, Cath Lyall, Scott Duncan and Jackie Hutchison.

LIFESAVING volunteers have accepted £3,000 from the organizers of a local charity music festival.

On Saturday September 24, crew members from Moray Inshore Rescue Organization (MIRO) visited Bootleggers Bar and Grill, Hopeman, where they received a check from the organizers of West Beach Sessions, West Beach Caravan Park.

MIRO president John Low confirmed that the Findhorn-based service is dependent on donations.

He said: “We are extremely grateful to the organizers of the West Beach Sessions charity music festival for their continued support and for this very generous donation.

“The MIRO crew and shore support volunteers remain available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and have responded to 13 calls so far this year.”

Caravan Park Manager Ruth Scott was delighted to support the essential work of MIRO.

She said: “We appreciate the excellent service that MIRO volunteers provide to our coastal communities. We are fully aware that if our children had any difficulty in the water, it would probably be MIRO who would reach them first!

“We are delighted to award them £3,000 of our 2022 festival proceeds.”

The West Beach Sessions had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to covid so 2022 was the first festival since 2018.

The event takes place the first weekend of June and this year headliners included Scottish bands Skerryvore, Session A9 and The Peatbog Faeries as well as local bands The Boatshed Band and The Forty Elephants.

Ruth said: “We got together with 12 of our friends and were able to raise over £30,000 for local charities. To keep the cost of insurance and event licensing down we kept it as an event private and the 14 members of our committee invited family and friends.

“This means more of the money raised from food, bar, auction, raffle, accommodation, tent pitches and donations goes to charity.”

To donate to MIRO, visit www.morayinshorerescue.org


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