Rescuers host special event

Pete Roe, of Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, with a group of caving novices from the Child Bereavement Charity in Kildale Mine.

Pete Roe, of Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, with a group of caving novices from the Child Bereavement Charity in Kildale Mine.

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Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team joined other rescuers at a special event for more than 25 disadvantaged youngsters.

For the last five years, different regions of mountain rescue have organised a day of outdoor activities for children and young people from several associated charities.

This year Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) hosted a day out for Centrepoint, WellChild and the Child Bereavement Charity at their base in Great Ayton.

The team was supported by members of Scarborough and Ryedale, North of Tyne, Northumberland National Park, RAF Leeming, Swaledale and Teesdale and Weardale teams, as well as the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA).

Activities included bushcraft, a visit to a mine at Kildale, demonstrations of search and rescue techniques, orienteering and abseiling.

Emergency services also joined in and North Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, who is also the president of the North East Search and Rescue Association, led the involvement of all the police and ambulance services from the region. There was a visit from an RAF Sea King helicopter from Leaconfield, police dog and scene of crime officer demonstrations, a visit from the fire service and five SARDA dogs.

Cleveland MRT deputy team leader, Carl Faulkner, said: “Everyone involved, about 160 people in all, was there on a voluntary basis to make this a great day for all the children, young people and their carers and families. Their obvious enjoyment and excitement was the best thanks possible and I’d like to thank all the local businesses who also contributed to making this such a fantastic occasion.”

The day concluded with a hog roast and the presentation of photograph souvenirs and goody bags to all the children and families.