Thank you very much everybody. We have successfully crowdfunded a snow groomer for the Ski Club's facilities on Lowther Hill.
Back in 2015 we asked your support to acquire a piste basher. A snow groomer would help us to compact and move drifts of snow around at Lowther Hill. Groomed snow creates a longer lasting and much better surface for skiing and snowboarding. A well pisted snow surface is of particular help to beginners and children, helping them to enjoy snowsports and progress their skills.
While we had to pause the crowdfunder for a couple of years due to the lack of progress obtaining a lease on the hill, we promised you we would get a groomer - and we like to keep our promises:
Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce you to the only snowgroomer in operation in the South of Scotland. This was Lowther Hill on Wednesday 30th October 2019 as our mighty Kässbohrer PB070 arrived in Scotland's Highest Villages from the southern French Alps.
And this was two days later, having a first stroll around its new home as the groomer's tracks were fitted back on and the initial mechanical checks had been completed.
The groomer is now having a rest and will continue undergoing tests and a comprehensive service over the next month. In the meantime:
THANK YOUWe would like to wholeheartedly thank everybody who made this happen through their donations: Martin Docherty, James White, Iain Steedman, Ade Gidney, Des Reid, Adam Lee, Gordon Borland, Jenny Milner, David Holland, Paul, Daniel Traynor, Kathleen Sharp, Louis McLaughlan, Bob, Brian Morrison, Lloyd Dixon, Carolyn Futty, Neil Scott, Niall Mcpherson, John Martin, Jacqui Baggaley, Leo Capaldi, Pablo Rodriguez, Elysha Ramage, Thomas Crawshaw, the many people who attended our fundraiser at the Lowther Hills Ski Sale on 2nd December 2018, David McKillop, Jamie Glendinning, Ally McKillop, Tim Crick, the couple of hundred brave cyclists who participated in our fundraising event the Lowther Hills Sportive on 6th January 2017, Lorna McKillop, Paul Speed, Kirsty McKillop, Angus Myles, Kenneth Ledger, Harry Moffat, Lowther Mobile Garage Services, Roy Smart, Brian Connor, www.walkaboutscotland.com, Jon Haber, Thornhill Dental Practice, Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, Leadhills Estate, Marie Stanley, Sandra Welsh, Stuart McWilliam, Sheila Crompton, www.sauzeonline.com, James Hanson, Martin Queen, Sheila Chalmers, Sanquhar's Burnside Filling Station & Tea Room, Graeme McQuarrie-Parkes, Russell Gill, Lorna Ashcroft, John Mould, Kirk Davidson, Neil Munro, Bethan Wood, Peter Stewart, Craig MacWilliam, Karen Jones, Graham Dane, Ann McKillop, Kat Coughlin, Gordon Simpson, Neil Wallace, Kevin Chalmers, Heskins Ltd - Anti Slip Solutions, Scott Graham, Stuart Ferguson, Colin Milne, The Futty family, Alastair Shields, John Gorman, Amelia Shoemark, Tim Mullens, and 19 anonymous donors.
Also, thank you so much to all those who contributed towards the groomer with their voluntary work, favours, donations of equipment, and all kinds support. You know who you are. Thank you very much for making this possible.