Ballater first-aider makes shortlist

FIST AID: Philip is a member of Ballater's mountain rescue team.
FIST AID: Philip is a member of Ballater's mountain rescue team.

A member of Ballater’s mountain rescue team has been nominated for a prestigious Scottish First Aid Award.

Organised by St Andrew’s First Aid, the awards have been created to champion first aid in Scotland and recognise dedicated or courageous first aiders, or businesses that are leading the way in providing first aid.

Philip Glennie, who works at Braemar Mountaincraft, has been shortlisted in the private sector workplace first aid awards.

The category recognises individuals or organisations that are championing First Aid training to their staff, the public and their customers.

He was nominated by the first aid trainer and former deputy leader of Aberdeen mountain rescue team Alan Richardson.

Philip was shortlisted by judges because he regularly assists voluntary groups such as Girl Guiding UK, the Scouting Movement and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to teach them first aid.

Phillip has been a member of Scottish Mountain Rescue for around 25 years, providing training to other volunteers and support to climbers.

Over the years he has spoken to thousands of people about first aid.

Stuart Callison, CEO of St Andrew’s First Aid, said: “To be shortlisted shows a real dedication to sharing and applying first aid skills. The more people like Philip in Scotland the more resilient we will be as a society. He is a wonderful example to others when it comes to being first aid aware.”

Philip will find out if he has won their category at the Scottish First Aid Awards evening taking place on Thursday 29 November at Glasgow City Chambers.

The black tie event is the highlight of Scottish First Aid Week.

The national awareness week begins on 24 November with events organised across Scotland by St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers and supporters.

The theme of for this year is parental first aid skills.

A recent YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found less than half of parents would be confident dealing with a child who was choking.

In preparation for first aid week they charity have released free first aid guides for parents on their website: www.firstaid.org.uk.

Ballater whist

The Ballater weekly whist drive was held, as usual, on Wednesday,November 5. Whilst there were plenty of fireworks outside the group had an enjoyable evening round the whist tables.

The winners this time were: First prizes – Andrina Robertson, and Jock Watt and Sheila Reid (joint). Runner Up – Millie Begg.

There were also special prizes which were awarded to Jean Appleyard and Herbie Shewan.

Whist drives are held each Wednesday in the Beaton-Craigie Room, entrance on Monaltrie Road starting at 7pm. The next one will be on the 21st November. Everyone is welcome and admission is £2 including refreshments.

Boules

Sixteen teams enjoyed pleasant conditions in the latest Ballater Boules challenge.

There was a short break at 11am to observe a two-minute silence.

Winners were ‘The Two Cs’ (Alistair Cassie and Jim Clark) with runners-up ‘Torphins Two’ (Ron and Margaret Cockburn). Winners of the plate competition were ‘Uppington’ (John Hastings and Anne Reid)

The next meeting will be held on Sunday 25th November at 10.30am in Monaltrie Park. All welcome.