RESCUE Team Sets Target: £50,000 For Fifty Years of Service
Thank you to all those people who helped to make 2013 another very successful year for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.
Everyone who has generously made a donation of any size into one of the team's red collection boxes has helped to maintain the community service offered by the rescue team.
Without the unseen help of so many people and organisations, who had given so generously throughout the year, the work of mountain rescue teams simply could not continue.
The knowledge that the team has the fantastic support of the local community is a great morale boost to the hill-going team members who freely give up their time to help others.
In 2013 Buxton Mountain Rescue Team attended total of 84 incidents at the request of the police or ambulance services.
The team assisted 121 people in all sorts of situations and locations and members spent 2,800 hours on call-outs alone.
Add to that the time required for training, equipment maintenance, fund-raising and general team administration, then the time freely given by the volunteer members exceeded 7,000 hours, roughly equating to over five hours per week per member.
The team was involved in four extended searches for vulnerable people and several other non-mountain incidents.
Some of the call-outs also involved one or more of the other seven rescue teams of The Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, in particular our neighbouring colleagues in Edale MRT and Kinder MRT.
2014 is Buxton Mountain Rescue Team's Golden Anniversary and the 50th year of service is going to be celebrated in many different ways.
It also marks the start of a major fundraising campaign to replace the teams' eleven year old Incident Control Vehicle. "£50,000 for Fifty Years Service" is the campaign banner and it is hoped that the team can count on the continued generosity of local people to achieve the target.
Thanks to everyone who has helped the team in any way this year. May your 2014 be safe and peaceful.