Glossop Mountain Resuce Flood Heroes on Their Way to a New Emergency Vehicle
Tuesday 16th February 2016 @ 12:33 by Lee Wild

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team could always call on Father Christmas to help raise the extra few thousand pounds of the £20,000 for a new emergency vehicle.

After all, members have accompanied Santa on his annual cash-collecting sleigh-ride tour of Glossopdale for the last few years.

But what’s known as Glossop’s third emergency service knows the cash will come in with or without the man in red’s help.

The Glossopdale community has raised thousands over the years for the organisation it calls its own.
The team is coming up to its 60th birthday and is planning for the future by recruiting new members, and is well on the way to the target.

The Ellison Street rescuers want a new Land Rover to add to its fleet of two to help cope with modern demands of mountain rescue, which can see vehicles deployed around the country to locations such as Machynlleth, Cumbria and York.

It will also reduce the team’s reliance on its member’s private cars and 4x4s which have traditionally been the mainstay of the deployment.

The last six or so weeks have been busy for the team which rescues people or finds those who have gone missing, near and far.

The team responded to one of the wettest Decembers and Januarys on record by heading to the flooded cities and towns of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Members waded through water, knocking on house doors to make sure no one needed help.

They also probed hidden depths with rods to make sure no open man hole was lurking below.

Others manned inflatables to carry people caught out by the floods to emergency rescue shelters.

Ironically that first call for help came as the team was on a ‘meet the children mission’ with Father Christmas.

Some stayed with the float, others packed their equipment and headed for the floods.

Calls to the team can come at any time and from anywhere.

Just as happened a couple of weeks ago when BBC’s The One Show was featuring the last Land Rover Discovery to run off the production line.

Programme planners had heard about the team and its 1992 ex-RAF Defender Ambulance, and the 2008 Defender 110 given to Glossop by Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

As usual the team responded and headed for studios in London.

To maximise value for money the team is looking to buy a Land Rover from another mountain rescue team.

Thanks to recent generous donations, including support form Glossop and District Round Table and the Rotary Club of Glossop, combined with some of the team’s own reserves, it is well on its way to the £20,000 target.

If you can help raise the last few thousand pounds needed, visit the team’s JustGiving page or text “GMRT33 £10” to 70070.