Like many organisations, Mountain Rescue teams are suffering from a reduction in income due to the Corona virus lockdown. The usual backbone of funding, pubs, cafes, shops etc have all been closed, events such as sponsored walks and runs all cancelled, but it's times like this that creates lateral thinking. One group who have been unable to train because of this are the handlers and dogs of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE). However, where there's a will there's a way, and an activity was planned whereby team members, dogs & handlers and supporters could take their daily exercise and raise money within the government guidelines. And so the ‘from the front door ‘ MR'athon was born, all involved have over a period of days run, walked or cycled the 26 plus miles of a marathon.
47 volunteers from 20 teams from all across the country took part, the oldest being the 84 year old father of a dog handler from the Teesdale & Weardale team. Donations and funds raised are being shared between the 20 teams, so far the Teesdale & Weardale team have received over £1800! Donations can still be made via the MRSDE just giving page or to your local team through their website.
Last year over 2000 people in need were helped by Mountain Rescue volunteers, in 2020 MR teams continue to show selfless commitment to helping others, including walkers, runners, cyclists, climbers, vulnerable people missing from home, providing support during flood events and supporting and assisting the other emergency services.
Mountain Rescue teams are grateful for your support and donations during this difficult time and always.
Press and PR Lead
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