Buxton Mountain Rescue Team launches fundraising appeal

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Buxton Mountain Rescue team is trying to raise £50,000 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the service.

The team wants to raise the cash to pay for a replacement for its 11-year-old incident control vehicle.

Last year Buxton Mountain Rescue Team attended 84 incidents at the request of police and ambulance services, assisted 121 people, and spent 2,800 hours on call-outs alone.

In a new year message, Roger Bennett, chairman of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, thanked supporters for helping to fund the team.

He said: “Thank you to all those people who helped to make 2013 another very successful year for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

“Everyone who has generously made a donation of any size into one of the team’s red collection boxes has helped to maintain the community service offered by the rescue team.

“Without the unseen help of so many people and organisations, who have given so generously throughout the year, the work of mountain rescue teams simply could not continue. The knowledge that the team has the fantastic support of the local community is a great morale boost to the hill-going team members, who freely give up their time to help others.

“2014 is Buxton Mountain Rescue Team’s golden anniversary and the 50th is to be celebrated in many different ways.

“It also marks the start of a major fundraising campaign to replace the team’s 11-year-old incident control vehicle. The campaign banner is ‘£50,000 for Fifty Years’ Service’ and it is hoped the team can count on the continued generosity of local people to achieve the target.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped the team in any way. May your 2014 be safe and peaceful.”