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22nd July 2015 MOUNTAIN RESCUE CASUALTY SAYS THANK YOU
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have just received a donation from a lady they rescued last year. In August 2014 Kelly Weelands went missing from her home in Stanley Co. Durham. Her partner contacted the police and they asked the Teesdale Team to help in the search for Kelly. 17 team members and 2 mountain rescue search dogs were involved in the search. In less than an hour Misty one of the dogs had found Kelly unconscious in dense woodland. She was initially treated by team members and carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. As a result Durham Police Chief Constable Mike Barton awarded the Team a Certificate of Commendation. This was presented by Mike Barton accompanied by Kelly.
Kelly said "I will always be grateful to the mountain rescue team for finding me. I wanted to try and raise some funds for them as all their funding comes from public donation. With my work colleges at Asda Stanley we organised a charity night and with money donated by Asda we managed to raise over £335. I would like to thank all of my colleges for their help.
Steve Owers Deputy Team Leader said "It was great to see Kelly again and we really appreciate the effort she and her work colleges have gone to raise money for us.
Photo - Steve Owers, Kelly Weelands, Catherine Herkes (Asda People Manager)
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