‘Busi­est year ever’ for res­cue team

The Scarborough News - - NEWS -

The Scar­bor­ough and Ryedale Moun­tain Res­cue Team have re­ported that 2018 was their ‘busi­est year ever’ with 89 in­ci­dents.

It was not only in­ci­dents that the team re­sponded to but they have com­pleted train­ing, ex­er­cises, fundrais­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, talks, chal­lenge events, and been in­volved with the ‘Beast from the East’ and Crime­watch.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a lo­cal search and res­cue ser­vice, for 2,100 square miles of moors, wolds and val­leys, cov­er­ing the East­ern half of the North York­shire Moors and the Scar­bor­ough, Ryedale and York ar­eas.

The team, which is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, said: “Thank you to all our sup­port­ers, spon­sors, team mem­bers, em­ploy­ers, fam­ily and friends.”

Now three big marathons are be­ing staged by the team this year to help raise funds for its op­er­a­tions.

A spokesman said the team now num­bers 63 strong and in­cludes doc­tors, teach­ers, vets, IT spe­cial­ists, and ex-mil­i­tary per­son­nel, “They all give up 150 days a year for train­ing at week­ends and evenings.”

The team works with all the emergency ser­vices but the cost of run­ning its ser­vice, in­clud­ing two spe­cial­ist Land Rovers, amounts to £50,000.

While some grants are pro­vided by the North York Moors Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity and De­fra, the bulk of the cash comes from vol­un­tary fund rais­ing and do­na­tions, said the spokesman.

The first fundrais­ing marathon will be the Dalby Race on March 2, fol­lowed by the Raven­scar Coastal Half Marathon on May 19, start­ing at Raven­scar Vil­lage Hall, and the For­est and Moors Chal­lenge event on Septem­ber 22 at Pick­er­ing.

The team be­gan the year by pro­vid­ing first aid cover for the an­nual Scar­bor­ough New Year dip.

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