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Peak District Mountain Rescue Team's Record Year

Posted on Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:35AM by Judy and the Peakdistrict Online Team
A TEAM of volunteers that carries out rescues in the Peak District has had its busiest ever year with 50 call-outs.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team’s 50th rescue, helping an injured teenager at Black Rocks near Cromford, took place on Tuesday last week and the callout broke the team’s record, cementing 2012 as its busiest year to date.

The team’s record year has led to higher running costs, which have to be met by its own fund-raising and plans are in place to secure a new head-quarters ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2014.

But team leader, Steve Hilditch, a member for 43 years, thanked supporters. He said: "It’s been another busy year for the team. This one breaks the previous record for call-outs.

"I am delighted that we have been able to help so many people in distress.

"I would like to express in public my sincere thanks to team members, their families, their employers and our supporters for their unstinting contribution to this, the nation’s busiest voluntary emergency service." Team chairman Nic Berry said: "I’m really pleased to find that the generous members of the public have continued to support us, even in these times of austerity and that financially, this means we have been able to cope with the increased level of activity.

"It’s our 50th anniversary in 2014 and we’re hoping by then to be in a new, purpose-built headquarters.

"This, of course, means even more of a fundraising push than ever, but with the continued support of the public and various altruistic groups, I’m hoping that for the first time, we’ll have our own building, designed especially for our needs, that will allow us to provide the best service possible, no matter how much our workload increases."

Ashbourne News Telegraph