Last month, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were kindly invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Rochdale Masonic Lodge, along with fellow Mountain Rescue Team representatives from Oldham, Rossendale & Pendle, Bolton and Bowland.
The very generous donation was in recognition of the MRTs voluntary services and assistance provided to the emergency service and local communities during the recent devastating floods that hit the region and surrounding areas.
Provincial Grand Master Alex McLaran presented the regional mountain rescue team with a cheque for £2,500 per team - that’s an incredible grand total of £12,500.00 donation.
CVSRT members, Steve Britton and Les Wilson were on-hand to gratefully accept the donation on behalf of the team, which will go towards increasing our Water Rescue response capabilities to the benefit of the local community.
CVSRT would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Lancashire Mark Masons for this very generous gift. Thank you.
Earlier today, CVSRT members managed to catch up with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson on Day 4 of their gruelling 3-legged challenge for Sport Relief. They’re walking 120 hilly miles across South, West and North Yorkshire over nine days – tied together throughout.
Follow their progress: http://www.sportrelief.com/whats-going…/3-counties-on-3-legs
A lovely lady called Diane Waite recently contacted the team to tell us all about her amazing fundraising idea that she’s doing this year to help raise funds for CVSRT.
Diane is a keen runner with Stainland Lions Running Club and has basically set herself the target of completing 52 races in 52 weeks during 2016!!
As it says on her fundraising page, “After much consideration, I decided that as this will be my 52nd year I will challenge myself to complete 52 races in 2016 to raise funds for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. (Yes, that's one a week). I will be entering various distance races throughout the year. Please show your support now by donating generously to help this totally voluntary charity stay operational”.
CVSRT Treasurer, Richard Graves said, “I’ve known Diane for some years as we used to run together at the running club and I have every faith that she will complete this challenge. On behalf of the team, may I thank Diane, for selecting CVSRT as her chosen charity and we will be watching her progress throughout the year. Good luck!”
Diane has already managed to raise £255 so far with a fundraising target of £1000. Please show your support and encouragement, and let’s help her reach her target.
Please donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/
On Saturday, CVSRT spent the day at the Castle Carr Estate focusing on Core Skills Training. During the morning session, members were divided into groups and worked through five skill stations including; casualty care, timed stretcher circuits, rope system evacuation, search techniques and water rescue safety. In the afternoon, teams put these core skills to good use and were deployed to various search and rescue incident scenarios within the estate.
CVSRT would like to thank a few people who made all this possible. Firstly, thanks to the owner of Castle Carr estate, Mr Frank Schofield and Yorkshire Water for their kind permission and for allowing the team access to the beautiful estate. Secondly to our numerous casualties and make-up artists, who made the scenarios very life-like and believable. Thanks also to several of our Active Supporters Group who kindly provided additional assistance at the skills stations and fed the troops at lunchtime.
As you can see by these great photographs captured by Mr Kevin Tynan Bowe, it was an excellent training day in a stunning location.