Saying ‘Cheers’ to rescue team

Members of the Rastrick Beer Festival Committee visited Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Mytholmroyd
Members of the Rastrick Beer Festival Committee visited Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Mytholmroyd

Members of the Rastrick Beer Festival committee got a close up view of the valuable work carried out by the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) during a visit to its Mytholmroyd headquarters.

The team invited festival members as a way of saying thank you for the cheque it received following last year’s beer festival at St John’s Church Hall.

Attracting hundreds of real ale fans from across West Yorkshire and beyond, the delighted organisers announced the two day event had raised around £7,000, and £4,500 went to St John’s Church.

Including funding from Barclays Bank Community Fund, three charities - Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Alzheimer’s Society (Calderdale Service) and local Marie Curie nursing services - also received £4,500.

CVSRT invited members of the festival committee to see first hand the work it does and see some of the equipment used.

Roger Ellis, beer festival committee chairman, was shown the latest wetsuit technology by team member Howard Barton, and Roger also offered to demonstrate the workings of a vacuum mattress, which is used for patients suffering from spinal injuries.

Roger thanked CVSRT, and said: “Everyone in this area has to be very thankful that we have such a dedicated and committed team, ready to come to our aid when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances.”

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the rescue team, Murray Chalmers said the team was helping people who were being stranded in floods, describing the 2012 floods as a “real wake up call,” and that the team was very grateful for the committee’s donation.

CVSRT provides a life-saving service to the people of the Calder Valley and beyond, attending 60 plus call outs each year, staffed entirely by volunteers. The area it covers encompasses the north of West Yorkshire and also has vehicle response posts in Copley and Todmorden.

It costs nearly £40,000 a year to keep the team operational, all raised by donations as it receives no direct Government funding.

CVSRT has produced a 2015 calendar costing £6. To order one, email fundraising@cvsrt.org.uk.