THE MOUNTAIN rescue team which patrols the Whitby area have been given Royal recognition for their outstanding efforts.
Refusing to rest on their laurels, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team celebrated the award by rescuing a 24-year-old woman who was hurt while walking through the Hole of Horcum.
On 31 May the team responded to a call for aid from North Yorkshire Police, who had been informed that the woman had suffered leg injuries and was located on a narrow path on a steep bank.
The rescue team were able to place the casualty on to a stretcher and lower her down the bank, before she was carried to the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance and transported to hospital.
In recognition of such invaluable efforts the team has been conferred The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2012 and is one of only 112 groups to receive the award this year.
Former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE, chair of the Voluntary Service Award Committee, said: “They are proof that in these difficult times the community spirit is alive and well.”
21 of the team’s operational members have also been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Individuals qualify for the award if they have faced the prospect of dealing with emergencies as part of their role for over five years of service.
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said: “The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of this country and the Diamond Jubilee will offer us all the opportunity to celebrate the commitment, loyalty and fathfulness with which she has led the country across the last 60 years.
“It is right that we reward those people who, like the Queen, also dedicate their lives to public good and who represent the very best of the British spirit.
“I hope the official medal will serve as a mark of thanks to all those who give so much in the name of society and public service and I extend my congratulations to all the recipients.”
The rescue team has also received a boost with the news that the People’s Postcode Trust have made a grant of £9,000 for the replacement of team member’s waterproofs and climbing helmets.
A spokesperson for Scarborough and Ryedale MRT said: “Members of the team are volunteers who give their time freely to both attend callouts and training with the rescue team.
“The kind of work this entails often means working in rough and hazardous terrain.
“As a result of this the outdoor clothing and equipment used by team members does not have the same life span that you would normally expect.
“The team recognises that team members already give a great deal to the team in terms of their time and tries to limit the financial impact of being a member by providing high quality waterproof clothing and climbing helmets.”