16th July 2014 FAREWELL TO FOUNDER MEMBER OF RESCUE TEAM
FAREWELL TO FOUNDER MEMBER OF RESCUE TEAM
A founder member of a local mountain rescue team has sadly passed away after a heroic battle against Mesothelioma. Chris Scott from Spennymoor joined Upper Teesdale & Weardale Fell Rescue Association when it was formed in 1968 which went on to become Teesadale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team in the 90's. Since 1998 he has been the treasurer of the Team.
Former team leader Alan Best said "Chris made an outstanding contribution to the team, he was the sort of person who worked away in the background and who you knew you can rely upon to do a good job. Chris has left his mark in a number of areas within the Team as well as attending callouts, he produced a computer based data logging system to record our incidents which was adopted by other mountain rescue teams, he managed our associate members for many years and with his wife Kathleen attended the majority of our street collections what ever the weather. Chrisís most lasting legacy for the Team is its base in Barnard Castle, named the The Chris Scott Search & Mountain Rescue Centre in his honour. Chris was a major participant in the 2002 appeal to raise the £150,000 funds to build the base and was totally committed to monitoring the fundraising to ensure we had sufficient funds to build and run a permanent home for the team, its vehicles and equipment. Over the years Chris played such an important role in taking the team from a group of poorly equipped, beg-steal and borrow enthusiasts, to the impressive highly trained, sophisticatedly equipped group that it is today."
Present Team Leader Pete Bell said " Chris's wife Kathleen said he fought his illness with great courage and determination and those word sum up how we felt about Chris within the Team. It is perhaps fitting that Chris's last journey on Friday will be in one of the vehicles belonging to the Team which was such a big part of his life for over 50 years."
Photo - Chris and Kathleen Scott at naming of The Chris Scott Search & Mountain Rescue Centre
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk