One very cold week in January…
Since the world awoke to a snow covered world on Tuesday 5 January, Kinder Mountain Rescue Team has been working round the clock to man our base in Hayfield and to crew our two landrovers responding to incidents throughout Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. Over 40 team members have been involved to ensure that we reach those people most in need despite the snow and ice.
Our unpaid volunteers have clocked up over a thousand man hours since the heavy snowfall begun. We’ve been in blizzards on the high peak of Kinder Scout and the treacherous, frozen parks of Greater Manchester. We’ve driven our landrovers through ice and snow to urban areas that the ambulance service could not reach, typically to the surprise of local residents who did not expect a mountain rescue team to be operating in their cul-de-sacs and housing estates. We’ve even attended a major road traffic accident on the M60.
From sledging accidents to heart attack victims, we’ve been wherever we’ve been needed; Disley, Openshaw, Bolton, Chesterfield, Stockport, Hayfield, Stalybridge, twenty-four hours a day, whatever the weather.
We’ll help you, will you help us?
This operation would not have been possible if we hadn’t decided to improve the team’s headquarters in Hayfield in 2009. The new facilities meant that our landrovers can be housed inside, stocked with the right equipment for immediate deployment. However this crucial improvement work has left the team’s finances at an all-time low and we urgently need donations to enable the team to continue operations. The team is entirely funded by donations from the public as are all mountain rescue teams.