Prince gives team the royal seal of approval

The Duke of York with members of the rescue team
The Duke of York with members of the rescue team

Prince Andrew presented a major award t the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team at a ceremony in Bridlington on Thursday.

The Duke of York was in town as part of his Community Initiative awards, which are presented annually to community groups and charities from across the whole of Yorkshire which, following rigorous assessment, are deemed to be “of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.”

The rescue team was one of those groups chosen to receive the award and to meet the Duke at The Spa.

Ian Hugill, public relations officer for the team said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way. As a charity established to serve our local community and one which only continues through the support of our local community we find immense satisfaction and motivation from this Royal award.”

Speaking at the event the Duke of York talked of how over the years the Initiative had sought to extend its remit so that now it not only recognises and rewards outstanding community work but in so doing seeks to enhance society by encouraging award holders to continue to do all they can to break down barriers between both organisations and organisation and people and people.

The Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team is manned entirely by trained volunteers including doctors, paramedics, nurses and expert climbers and hillwalkers, none of whom receive payment or expenses for the help they provide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

As well as searching for and rescuing missing and injured walkers and climbers, the team also assists the police and ambulance service with a wide variety of incidents in the local community, including missing children, the elderly, helping despondents and even road traffic accidents.