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Waitrose Community Matters

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members, Roger Bennett and Rob Wymer, were pleased to visit Waitrose supermarket in Buxton this week to receive a cheque for £563 from Community Matters organiser, Julie Atkinson.

Buxton MRT was one of three charities to share £1,000 of the Waitrose monthly donation to local good causes.  The proportion of the share is decided by customers indicating their preference with tokens at the checkout.  To receive such a large donation was a real surprise and a indication of how much the local community appreciates …

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Can You Identify this man?

On a chilly Friday in December 2015, a smartly dressed elderly gentleman set off on a 200-mile journey from west London to Saddleworth Moor, in the Pennines.

The following afternoon he stopped in at a picturesque pub called The Clarence and, pointing to Indian’s Head, a 1,500ft peak above Dovestone reservoir, asked the landlord, “How do you get to the top of that mountain?”

The landlord expressed some concern that there wasn’t enough time to get to the peak and back by sunset, but the mystery man …

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This week Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was pleased to announce the winner of its 2015 Christmas Raffle and present the first prize to, Steve Rathbone of Rainow.

The prize was a £200 voucher kindly donated by The Bike Factory of Whaley Bridge.  The presentation was made at the shop in Whaley Bridge where the voucher was formally handed over.

Ironically, Steve was rescued by mountain rescue in 2012 when he crashed whilst mountain biking in the local area. He said that buying the raffle ticket was a “great opportunity …

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Someone had a white christmas

Whilst we are all getting a bit fed up with the wet, windy weather which seems to have become locally our winter, spare a thought for those who still train to meet the harshest of conditions.
Trainee search and rescue dog, Isla with handler Mark Williams headed north to Scotland at Christmas for a SARDA training session at Glenshee.  There was no shortage of snow up there as the dogs were put through their paces learning how to work in challenging conditions.
Handler and mountain instructor, Mark said, …

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D. I. Y. Gets Results!

Results of the team quiz number ten have just been released and the lucky winners have been announced by the team’s own Quizmaster, Gillian Halliday.
Taking first prize in the quiz, which was all about do-it- yourself tools and equipment is Christine Pairman of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
Second prize is on its way to Mrs V Wiltshire, Welshpool, Powys.
Congratulations to the winners, the cheque is in the post!  196 quiz sheets were sold at £1 each and many had a cash donation attached.   In …

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Christmas Draw nets £730

Many thanks to all who supported the Christmas Draw.  The draw raised a magnificent £730 towards team funds. 
Congratulations to the First prize winner who lives in Rainow and all the other lucky winners.   A huge thanks to the prize sponsors.

Christmas Draw 2015.  You could win £200.
You have just 17 days of December to get your CHRSTMAS DRAW 2015 ticket to be in with a chance of winning a magnificent prize.

The Bike Factory at Whaley Bridge ( has offered a £200 voucher as the first prize and …

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We wish you a Happy Christmas

The members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team wish all their helpers and supporters, “A very Happy Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year.”

The team also wishes to say a big “Thank You” and send special greetings to the members of all the other emergency services with which mountain rescue teams frequently work. The High Peak is surrounded by several different police, ambulance and fire services so rescue team members meet dozens of folk in uniform but rarely get to know their names.

Best wishes are sent to all the farmers …

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Team pay respects to Steve HIlditch MBE

Ten members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team joined hundreds of other rescue team members, scouts, friends and family at Derby Cathedral Church on Friday for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Steve Hilditch.

Steve had dedicated his life to helping others in so many different ways and the packed Cathedral was a testament to the inspirational voluntary work he has done for numerous organisations.

A scout from the age of five he became involved with mountain rescue following the 1964 Four Inns tragedy.  He went on to become Team Leader …

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Mr Frostbite starts training

Nigel Vardy, one of the team’s newest members, started training with the team this week.  However, with a string of international summits under his belt, it was Nigel who was delivering the training.  His experience of high altitude and extreme conditions was put to good use in explaining the physical and psychological problems of encountering severe cold conditions.

It was in 1999 that Nigel suffered severe frostbite in temperatures of -60°C on Mount McKinley in Alaska.  The story of his rescue and his slow recovery from the horrific injuries enthralled team members for two …

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Happpy First Birthday to our Newest team member

The newest recruit to Buxton Mountain Rescue Team is just 12 months old but has the advantage of four legs and a very sensitive nose.

Isla is a red border collie who had her first birthday on 20th November.  She is now the family pet of team member Mark Williams who has been with Buxton MRT for twenty-four years.   But Isla is not just a family pet, she is destined to play a very important role in future team activities if she can successfully complete a very …

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