Res­cue team is­sue ap­peal for sup­port

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMOUNTAIN res­cue team is look­ing for sup­port to win cash for pro­tec­tive kit for its vol­un­teers.

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team (BMRT) helps walk­ers in dis­tress in the coun­try­side around Mac­cles­field.

The vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion is a char­ity which re­lies on do­na­tions and fundrais­ing to keep go­ing.

Now the team is call­ing for the sup­port of the com­mu­nity to help win fund­ing as part of the Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund 2017. Their bid has been suc­cess­ful but only projects with the most votes will be­come fi­nal­ists.

The team is re­ly­ing on votes to in­crease their chances of win­ning fund­ing of up to £5,000 which they will use to pro­vide pro­tec­tive equip­ment for their wa­ter res­cue trained per­son­nel. This will en­able them to be ap­pro­pri­ately kit­ted out when called to res­cue or search for peo­ple in and around wa­ter.

Ca­rina Hum­ber­stone, BMRT’s train­ing of­fi­cer said: “With £5,000 we would be able to kit out six wa­ter res­cue per­son­nel with a heavy duty dry­suit, a spe­cial­ist buoy­ancy aid, hel­met, throw­line and belt. With six res­cuers kit­ted out we will have two sec­tions that could be de­ployed in­de­pen­dently to search wa­ter mar­gins, in­clud­ing reser­voirs and rivers; work in flood­wa­ter and within wa­ter, and when com­bined they would work as one unit to safely ef­fect res­cues within mov­ing wa­ter. This would im­me­di­ately en­hance the team’s ca­pa­bil­ity with re­gard to wa­ter re­sponse.”

The res­cue team is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers, who put in hun­dreds of hours along­side their day jobs, to train and re­spond to 999 calls when mem­bers of the pub­lic need their ser­vices.

The team was formed in 1964 after a tragic ac­ci­dent when three scouts died in a bl­iz­zard whilst at­tempt­ing the Four Inns Walk, a 50 mile hike over some of the Peak Dis­trict’s most chal­leng­ing ter­rain.

Although they pri­mar­ily res­cue peo­ple, and an­i­mals, lost or in­jured in the hills; in­creas­ingly they are be­ing asked to search and res­cue peo­ple from flood­wa­ter, rivers, reser­voirs and other bodies of wa­ter.

To vote for Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team and help make a dif­fer­ence visit com­mu­ni­ty­fund.aviva.co.uk/vot­ing/ project/view/17-2091.

Reg­is­ter and sub­mit your vote be­fore Novem­ber 21. For more in­for­ma­tion on Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team visit face­book.com/Bux­tonMRT or bux­ton­moun­tain­res­cue. org.uk.

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team is look­ing for sup­port to win com­mu­nity fund­ing.

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