News in brief: £18,000 grant for rescue boat, navy base bake-off, awards for young people

The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat has been awarded a grant of £18,607.60 from the Department of Transport.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: “This grant is a fitting recognition for the dedicated service of all the members of the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat Association, whose selflessness, skill and bravery has saved lives and helped those in need since 1977.

“The volunteers are a credit to their communities and I am delighted that this funding will support their continued outstanding work, assisting those using the loch and travelling the West Highland Way.”

Royal Navy personnel at Faslane donned their oven gloves to raise cash for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Staff baked cakes at home at the weekend and brought their goodies to work to sell to colleagues around the base, raising a total of £180 for the charity.

Two teams competed against each other for the RNRMC Bake-off Team Trophy and first, second and third prizes were also awarded for the best individual bakers.

“I really wanted to raise as much money as possible for the RNRMC and raise their profile. I also wanted to everyone to enjoy the event, have some fun and build team spirit,” said Leading Writer Caerwen Makepeace, the organiser of the bake-off.

Inspirational people aged between 11 and 26, will be honoured in the Argyll and Bute Awards, with the following categories:

The award categories are as follows:

  • Unsung hero
  • Youth entrepreneur
  • Youth volunteering
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Youth environment
  • Citizenship
  • Youth Arts Award
  • Sport

To nominate someone visit the website for a nomination form.

Nominations close at midnight on Friday November 17 and the awards ceremony will take place on January 31 in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh.