Mountain Rescue

rory_mountainrescue_august2012Mountain Rescue is one of only a very few truly great acts of public service. The public loves our volunteers; and Mountain Rescue are true volunteers – unpaid professionals providing a totally free service to our communities. Their efforts allow everyone to roam free in our mountains, and this we must preserve at all costs. Mountain Rescue must not become a corporate identity – its local ownership, and precisely its local knowledge and expertise, is what is essential to maintaining this community-based emergency rescue service.

There are 48 Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales, with a further 27 teams in Scotland. Team members are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Operations demand an extremely high commitment from everyone involved, and a typical rescue may involve up to 20 team members for around 6 hours. There are over 1,100 rescues each year in England and Wales, and over half of these occur in the Lake District.

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RORY BACKS BID FOR PENRITH MOUNTAIN RESCUE’S NEW HOME

Rory, a longstanding supporter of the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, has backed its plan to build a new base following a recent visit. The Penrith Mountain Rescue Team is based in Tynefield Drive in Penrith but has grown too big for its buildings. As a result, it is planning to build a new base for the […]

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RORY SEEKS BETTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN FOR STAINMORE

Rory Stewart MP has paid a visit to the community on Stainmore to hear about their experiences, after they were completely cut off by Storm Emma. Residents in the small, remote community found themselves isolated when deep snow and huge drifts blocked the roads and almost entirely submerged the ground floor of some properties. After […]

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PRAISE FOR ‘SELFLESS’ MOUNTAIN RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Rory Stewart MP has praised the work of Mountain Rescue ​teams across his constituency, who went above and beyond to support Cumbrian communities hit by Storm Emma. Through the intense period of snow and high winds, Mountain Rescue teams across the county worked to keep the public safe, cleared roads ​ and paths​ , and […]

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RORY PRAISES GOVERNMENT BOOST FOR PENRITH MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart has praised the work of a group of dedicated volunteers, who have been awarded £5,958 to boost their vital life-saving work. The money for the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team has been made available from the Government’s inshore and inland rescue boat grant fund and is the fourth round […]

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RORY DISCOVERS RICH HERITAGE OF BRITISH CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING

Rory Stewart MP has spent time at the Penrith base of the local charity Mountain Heritage Trust, where Chairman Jeff Ford showed him some of the charity’s archive, and explained about the work it does in promoting awareness of Britain’s mountaineering and climbing history. The Mountain Heritage Trust was founded in 2000 with the aim […]

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CUMBRIAN MPs WIN FUNDING FOR MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Rory Stewart, the Chairman of the APPG for Mountain Rescue, Vice-Chairs Tim Farron MP and Sir Tony Cunning MP, Treasurer John Woodcock MP and Jamie Reed MP and John Stevenson MP, along with colleagues from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mountain Rescue have today won funding for Mountain Rescue equipment across Britain. The All […]

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RORY LEADS CAMPAIGN FOR FUNDING FOR MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Rory, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountain Rescue, has organised a parliamentary campaign to convince ministers to repeat funding for Mountain Rescue. Successful campaigning of the All Party Group in 2011 led to the government giving Mountain Rescue teams a VAT rebate of around £200,000 pounds each year. This agreement is due […]