In memory of Ken Beetham
On Sunday 19 February 2017, Kinder MRT were delighted to welcome friends and family of the late Ken Beetham to their base in Hayfield.
Despite low cloud and less-than-ideal conditions, family and friends of Ken took part in a walk that ended at the George Hotel for a celebratory drink in memory of him. His daughter Liz Williams had previously been in touch and told us that they had set up a collection for the team in memory of her father.
In the words of his daughter Liz, “Ken passed away on January 15th 2017, aged 93 years. He loved spending time in the hills, and spent many happy days tramping up and down the the groughs of Kinder Scout and walking the surrounding hills, as well climbing and walking many other hills and mountains throughout Britain. He never had cause to call on the services of Kinder Mountain Rescue, but always knew they would be there for him if he ever needed them“. We understand that Ken was also a member of the Karabiner Mountain Club for over 40 years and a large number of the walkers were current or former members of the Club.
The team welcomed the party, numbering approximately 50 people and including his widow Joan and daughters Liz Williams and Louise Hall, into base where the meeting room managed to accommodate them all for a speech and the presentation of a cheque for approximately £900 to the team’s chairman, Nigel Taylor, who explained that the money would be used to contribute to the additional water-rescue equipment being purchased by the team.
The guests then toured the base, seeing some the equipment we use and asking about the team’s operations from the team members present. During this visit, a further £120 in cash was donated directly to the team’s treasurer by a number of people and we understand from Liz that the JustGiving page set up by Ken’s family will remain open for a while. If you wish to visit that page and make a donation, please follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ken-Beetham
Alternatively, you can donate directly to the team by visiting our fundraising page.
Kinder MRT is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers with the majority of its annual running costs, of approximately £25K to £30K, being generated by fund-raising activities by team members and supporters.
Consequently, every penny donated by Ken’s family and friends will go directly to supporting the team, particularly with the recent requirement for additional water-rescue equipment, and we thank them all most sincerely.