The branch chose to help out Specialist Search Dogs, which has a 24-hour call out team of trained dogs to assist with a range of different scenarios, including live person and victim search. 

Annan secretary Archie Dryburgh explained, “The charity advised us of its work with emergency services across the UK; they are a local charity that need specialist equipment for themselves and the dogs, so that they can search for missing persons and cadavers. The charity has ex-forces volunteers and coastguard [support], as well as volunteers from blue light services. They deliver a much-needed service to those in need.” 

Branch chair David Paterson added, “As part of our continuing support to the ex-service community the branch also wants to help those other charities that have ex-service members in their ranks. This charity fitted the criteria, and we are proud to support them in the work they do.” 

The donation will make a big difference to the local team. Donna Laurie, a Specialist Search Dogs volunteer and member of the Annan coastguard team said, “Thank you to Legion Scotland Annan branch. We are over the moon with this donation – it will help maintain our equipment. We are blown away by the kindness of the branch. 

“Some of our other volunteers are ex-service personnel and they do a great job supporting the public. It isn’t the easiest job in the world but it is a very necessary job, we cannot thank the branch enough for this magnificent donation.”