A statement from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team
June 12, 2020
Calder Valley Search and Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind our community to exercise within your abilities and don’t put yourselves in harm’s way this weekend whilst out enjoying the countryside. This request comes ahead of the governments ‘support bubble’ guidelines coming into effect from tomorrow (June 13th).
Jonathan Cole, CVSRT Team Leader said, “We are truly blessed with some stunning scenery around the Calder Valley, with excellent locations and routes to explore and it is great to see people out walking, running, cycling, climbing and enjoying the landscape. However, the team has seen a significant increase in callout requests from emergency services to assist with 45 incidents so far this year. This we believe makes CVSRT one of the busiest Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales.”
The year to date figure (45) is a 40% increase for the same period last year and CVSRT has had 26 callouts since lockdown began in March.
Jonathan concluded by saying, “As the lockdown is relaxed further, more and more people will be venturing into the countryside, therefore we urge everyone to stay safe and #adventuresmart”
Like all charities during the pandemic, CVSRT has been hit hard when it comes to fundraising seeing all public events, school/community visits and fundraising events cancelled. This has caused an 80% decrease in donations to the team. Granted the team isn’t unique or alone in this downturn, but it doesn’t stop us from being cautious with an eye on future plans and developments for the team.
CVSRT was established in 1966 and costs £45,000 per year to remain operational. The team is 100% voluntary and relies solely on donations from the community and local businesses to keep a roof over our heads and team vehicles rolling. We are ready to respond 24/7, 365 days per year, no matter what the weather or circumstance.
If you would like to support the team please visit this link to donate: https://www.givey.com/caldervalleysearchandrescueteam