Ken Blakeman Memorial Stone
On the 2ndof July 2016, a member of our team, Ken Blakeman, died whilst on a callout to a young walker in trouble whilst doing her Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Ken had been a member for over 40 years and was both our team Chairman and the Chairman of the regional organisation – the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.
It was a tragic occasion for all who knew him and the team really wanted to remember him in a permanent way. Because he died in the National Park, permission for a memorial stone was going to be difficult, but with the help and support of the local National Trust, The Peak Park and Natural England this was eventually granted and the memorial stone with plaque put in place. The Team and Ken’s family are very grateful of the support and assistance given by these organisations, and especially Ted Talbot of the National Trust.
The memorial stone can be found at the spot where he died, on the way to Mill Hill, at a place we have called “Ken’s Place”. The dedication reads:
In memory of Ken Blakeman 5th September 1946 – 2nd July 2016, Chairman of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team, who died here whilst on his way to help someone else.
The memorial is also in recognition of the work of all the volunteer Mountain Rescue teams both here in the Peak District but also in the rest of England and Wales who give their time to help others.
“RIP Ken, Gone but never Forgotten”
Should you pass it, please spend a moment to remember our great friend.
As part of the permission being granted, the team are responsible for ensuring the upkeep of the site so we would ask that people do not leave anything at the site except fond memories and best wishes. The site is part of an area of outstanding natural beauty and we don’t want this spoilt for future generations.