Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund has awarded £1000 to support the building of a memorial to Police Scotland’s canine heroes.
Registered charity Scottish Police Dog Memorial applied for the £1000 funding support to help reach the £35,000 required to build a lasting tribute to Scotland’s police dogs past, present and future.
The permanent memorial will be based at Pollok Country Park, home to the National Dog Training Centre, and will be created by British artist John Doubleday and unveiled later this year.
There are more than 180 Police Scotland dogs working or in training today across the country and they are regularly deployed to Glasgow Airport.
Scottish Police Dog Memorial’s Carrie-Ann McNab said: "We are very grateful to have received such a generous donation from the Flightpath Fund and it gave us a much-needed boost as fundraising has been difficult as a result of the pandemic.
“We are currently £5000 away from our overall target, so we would welcome any further donations from the public in order to create a fitting memorial that will acknowledge the role these dogs undertake across the country.”
Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “Creating a tribute to the country’s police dogs is a fantastic idea given the role they play, particularly at the airport.
“Well done to the FlightPath Fund for supporting Carrie-Ann’s efforts to recognise the dedication our canine protectors deliver to keep us all safe as part of their duties each day.”
Over £90,000 has been made available in 2022 to help support groups and projects within the communities local to the airport.
A total of 39 groups, clubs and charities from a diverse range of areas have benefitted so far this year to the tune of £52,000 and the FlightPath Fund’s committee is urging more to come forward to apply for support.
Since 2011, the FlightPath Fund has awarded more than £1.7million to over 700 clubs, groups and community organisations.
The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authorities bordering Glasgow Airport, meets regularly throughout the year to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support.
The FlightPath Fund’s Committee is keen to hear from and support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.
The next meeting is on September 16 and applications must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the meeting.
To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: FlightPath Fund and download the application form and our funding guidelines.
Anyone who would like to make a donation or find out more information on the charity should visit: Scottishpolicedogmemorial.com