THEY are a hardy bunch in the Scarborough And Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. And they need to be to rescue lost or injured walkers, climbers or mountain bikers in all weathers on the North Yorks Moors, the Yorkshire Wolds and in the Dalby Forest.
The 60 active volunteers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, hill walkers and mountain climbers, respond to between 60 and 80 incidents a year in support of the emergency services.
As one of the biggest Mountain Rescue teams in the country, they cover a 2,100 square-mile area and are increasingly called out to find lost people suffering from dementia or those intent on self-harm, as well as those who get into trouble while enjoying the great outdoors.
When they are not responding to call-outs, they train in search and rescue and survival techniques, casualty care and navigation in order to be ready for action.
Army veteran Ian Hugill, who nominated the team for a grant and who volunteers with the other rescuers, said: “They are a bunch of people from a wide range of different backgrounds who all want to help others.”
It was Lancastrian fell walker Alfred Wainwright who once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather…only unsuitable clothing”, and the members of the Mountain Rescue Team would be lost without their own heavy-duty waterproofs when facing the worst the elements can throw at them.
But what about the summer months when the weather can be warmer but atrociously wet?
A grant of £8,000 from The Sun Readers’ Fund will help to buy a full set of lightweight waterproofs for each operational team member to tackle the terrain protected from the elements but not restricted by heavy clothing.
Ian said: “They have a great team spirit and make sure they have fun, but it’s a serious job and they need serious equipment to do it. This will make a big difference.”