Town shows its sup­port for moun­tain res­cue

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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

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