Town shows its support for mountain rescue
RESIDENTS once again gave generously to the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team during its fundraising day in the town centre.
The event was supported by Macclesfield MP David Rutley and helped raise £311 towards the running of the charity.
Mr Rutley, who has been an avid supporter of the work of the voluntary group, was introduced to the team and had the opportunity to discuss challenges facing the service, ahead of the busy summer holidays.
The team was founded in 1964 after the deaths of three scouts in a blizzard on the Bleaklow Moors in neighbouring Derbyshire.
It started with a small group who despite having little or no rescue expertise and only basic equipment that was borrowed or homemade, pledged that such an event must never be allowed to happen again. Using £150 funding the team responded to just a handful of incidents.
Fast forward to 2015 and the team has almost 50 active members operating from two bases and running three vehicles responding to more than 100 calls a year and costing an average of £35,000 to run.
Speaking after the event, Mr Rutley said: “It is always a pleasure to be able to support the great work done by our local Mountain Rescue Service, both in Macclesfield and in Parliament, where I am an active member of the Mountain Rescue All Party Parliamentary Group.
“This is a team of volunteers who do very important work by assisting those who cannot be reached by the other emergency services, which is greatly appreciated by the local community.
“I would like to thank them for all their hard work, on behalf of the people of Macclesfield and those who come to visit our local countryside.”
Anyone wishing to know more about the team’s activities arrange a talk or visit to the team’s base can visit www. buxtonmountainrescue. org.uk.
●● MP David Rutley meets Lucy Derges from the Macclesfield Eye Society