About this cause
We provide a free 999 search and rescue service on an entirely voluntary basis in the Northern Peak District, on call 24/7/365, funded by donations and fundraising, with no public funding available. We help anyone who calls us. Our presence gives people confidence, encouraging them to explore the outdoors, thereby promoting the physical health of our community. We also organise, and provide safety cover for, fell races and challenge walks. Our searches for missing people are often for people suffering from mental illness. Examples of recent call-outs, all with a good outcome, include searching for a suicidal person, an 85-year-old walker who had collapsed, and a teenager who had a head injury from a mountain bike fall. In 2018, we had 43 call-outs and helped over 60 people.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Our vehicles are fundamental to our effective emergency support. They save lives and are highly visible, so the community knows we are there to help. We support the emergency services – examples including searching for missing vulnerable people, and first aiding for 2 nights of the moorland fires – and help at many community events, including the carnival and the Hayfield Show.