University of the Third Age comes to Hayfield
On Friday 28 April the team were delighted to welcome The University of the Third Age (U3A) to the base. The Marple Bridge and Mellor Chapter of U3A have very generously raised over £1000 for the team and two of its members, Derek Hesketh and Malcolm Moss, came to visit us to see for themselves what the money would be used for.
U3A (https://www.u3a.org.uk/) is an international movement, described on its website as “a unique and exciting organisation which provides …. life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!. Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them“.
Kinder MRT is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, providing a 24/7/365 service to those in difficulty both on and off the hills; when not treading the hills, we are regularly called on by the Police and Ambulance Services to help search for vulnerable missing people or to access people injured in difficult locations. Additionally, like many other search and rescue (SAR) teams across the UK, we are increasingly being tasked to assist with searches in and around water and to help with major flood events; this all adds significant time demands to team members for training and call-outs as well as significant additional specialist equipment costs.
We rely almost entirely on the public’s incredible generosity in order to meet our annual running costs of over £25K. Donations such as this are hugely important for the team and very much welcomed so, on behalf of all at KMRT, thank you U3A for your help and generosity.
If you would like to support the team or provide a donation, please visit our website at www.kmrt.org.uk/fundraising/other-ways-to-give/