Last week, Trainee Search Dog Maya, went to the Cairngorm region of Scotland, to partake in The Search And Rescue Dogs Association England (SARDA E) winter skills course.
A packed weekend of exercises, fund-raising and exercises keeps the team on their toes; call outs over 3 days, a very early exercise call-out and searches in poor weather and a very welcome donation of £1000 by friends and family of the late Ken Beetham. A busy but very successful weekend.
On Sunday 19 February 2017, the team welcomed family and friends of the late Ken Beetham to the base. Ken’s daughter presented a cheque for £900 to the team’s Chairman and the guests then toured the base. Many thanks to all for their generosity.
Peak & Northern Footpaths Society announce Snake Path 120th anniversary celebrations for 27 and 28 May 2017; events on the 27th will include music and poetry performances, presentations, displays, fun activities and will be attended by local celebrities. On the 28th PNFS are planning 2 walks along the path – an easy walk and a walk along the full length of the path; transport for both to be provided.
Variety performance evening in memory of Ken Blakeman, Mountain Rescue team member of over 40 years, to be held at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, on Sunday 26 February 2017. Proceeds will be donated to Kinder Mountain Rescue Team to help with their annual running costs.
As we were finishing our Sunday exercise, we were called by NWAS to assist with the evacuation of an injured walker in Lyme Park.
Team welcomes local runner Michelle Ryan to base to thank her for raising £2300 for the team during 2015 and 2016.
With the sudden onset of severe wintry weather, Kinder MRT would like to offer some timely advice to walkers: be prepared; check the mountain weather forecast on sites such as the Met Office (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/mountain-forecast), have a map and compass and know how to use them, take a torch and spare batteries, wear suitable clothing, allow yourself enough time to complete your walk in the daylight and always be prepared to turn around if the situation is getting difficult. By all means enjoy the hills, but please don’t take unnecessary chances
Following recent media coverage of funding cuts to National Parks’ budgets, Kinder Mountain Rescue Team would like to reassure the public that this will have no effect whatsoever on the service it provides. The team, manned entirely by volunteers giving up their free time to turn-out 365 days of the year to help those in need, to undertake essential training and to fund raise, is able to continue to operate due to the generosity of the public; the team would like to thank those who have donated to them or to the wider Mountain Rescue organisation.
We were called out at 5pm to assist with a search for a pair of ladies lost on the plateau. The weather was closing in and it was reported one had lost a shoe in the peat bogs. The ladies had no idea where they were and SARLOC had failed to reach them.