Injured runner spends £1,300 on new kit for the Uist Coastguard team

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The Lochboisdale Coastguard Team in South Uist has just taken delivery of £1300 worth of new equipment bought for them by local man Stephen Scott.

Two years ago 22 year old Stephen badly ruptured the patella tendon in his left leg while taking part in the Ben Kenneth hill race and had to be airlifted to hospital by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter.

Despite the experience, Stephen took part in the race again last year - this time, to show his gratitude, he ran to raise money for the local volunteer Coastguard team.

After consulting the members of the team, he decided to buy them some new clothing, boots and equipment.

Stephen praised the work done by the Lochboisdale based volunteers: “These lads do a great job, often in very difficult circumstances, and after my accident on Ben Kenneth, I wanted to do something to show my thanks.”

The Lochboisdale Coastguard team’s station officer, Donald A MacLellan thanked Stephen for providing the equipment: “This is a very generous gift that Stephen has given us. The whole team would like to pass on our thanks for what he’s done.”

This year’s Ben Kenneth Hill race takes place on August 4th.