Helicopter drops in with boost for Mountain Rescue Team

On Saturday 4th August, volunteers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team received a very welcome boost to their charity's funds as the Coastguard helicopter R936 dropped in to deliver a cheque for £5000

The individual Coastguard helicopter bases, operated by Bristows Group on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, were requested to nominate a Search and Rescue charity to benefit from a Bristows social responsibility scheme and this year the crew at Caernarfon selected the Aberdyfi Team to receive the award.

A spokesperson from Bristows described the programme: "In recognition of the superb, dedicated and often unsung work carried out by the Search and Rescue volunteer community, Bristow Helicopters will be making a series of donations to partner agencies around the UK. Bristow Helicopters recognises that volunteer groups are often the forgotten link that those in difficulty assume will be there for them when needed. It is hoped that the money will help to raise the profile of worthy causes and provide a vital boost to the funds of organisations that often rely solely on donations." 

After presenting team-leader Chris Dunn with the cheque, team volunteers experienced a training flight around their area of operation aboard R936, seeing the region from the crew’s perspective. "We have a great relationship with the R936 crew, and have worked closely with them on many rescues," said Chris. "As you might imagine, these encounters by necessity are highly professional, very functional and to the point, so it was great to meet up in less pressured circumstances and enjoy the spectacle of our mountains from the sky without the overhanging sense of urgency that goes with a rescue."

Twenty four hours later and R936 was back at the same landing site to once again fly Chris, this time with a group of crag-rescue technicians and some big bags of equipment as part of an 8h operation to rescue climbers stuck on Cader Idris. "I'm wondering if they do air-miles" said Chris.