The Edale Team is to launch its Rescue Centre Appeal at the Lord Mayor?s Dinner Edale Mountain Rescue Team is proud to announce the launch of their Rescue Centre Appeal.  We?re launching it at the Lord Mayor?s Dinner on Friday 21st April, in Sheffield. We?re currently housed in one bay of a truck garage which has very kindly been provided for us, free of charge, by Lafarge Cement in Hope. However, we have identified a need for a long time, especially in recent years, to upgrade our facilities to help cope with the demands of being one of the busiest teams in the UK.  We currently attend to well over one hundred full team calls a year on average, with 113 incidents attended in 2005. Lafarge has given us the opportunity to convert three bays of the same garage into our new rescue centre, saving us the far larger cost of constructing a new building.  We do however need to raise £150,000 for the new base from public donations from now on.  We?ve planned a first-class rescue centre with space for our three Land Rover Ambulances to be housed.  It will give us space to carry out training, and adequately store, dry and maintain our equipment, including the Land Rovers themselves.  More importantly, we will have a permanent base from which we can manage live rescue operations and improve our response. With a massively upgraded communications suite, which will take full advantage of the new VHF radios donated to all the teams of the Peak District by the police, we will be able to manage searches from a central location.  This will make planning search areas, managing phone calls and radio communications, and organising equipment for team sections out on the hill, very much easier and more efficient.  And instead of maintaining vehicles on the street and on team member?s property, we?ll be able to do it properly, with an organised vehicle bay. We?ll be able to store and organise our medical equipment much better too, with a dedicated medical equipment room.  Kit maintenance on ?equipment nights? will be far easier with a proper sluice room for washing down muddy equipment, and a proper drying room, meaning we?ll be able to get our emergency vehicles ready within a shorter period of time following a callout. How we are funded and how the public can help Edale MRT, like all Mountain Rescue Teams in England and Wales, is entirely funded by public donations.  All team members are volunteers and receive no reimbursement for attendance at callouts.  We receive no government or lottery funding, so we collect money to raise funds regularly.  We fundraise regularly at the major supermarkets in Sheffield and Chesterfield, and have several special fundraising events including raffles and charity dinners.  For details please see our website at http://www.edalemountainrescue.co.uk Meanwhile the Buxton Red Watch (Fire Station) and Derbyshore Cave Rescue Organisation have arranged for Andy Cave to give a slideshow at the fire station on May 13th.For 20 years Andy Cave has been exploring the remote mountain ranges of the world, establishing desperate new routes. Andy was recently voted one of the top three all round climbers in Britain. He is an experienced public speaker and has a PhD in linguistics. LEARNING TO BREATHE his recently published book ? which won the Boardman Tasker Prize and the Banff Adventure Travel Writing Award 2005 ? charts his life from Yorkshire coal miner to Himalayan explorer. Saturday 13th May 2006 7.30pm At BUXTON FIRE STATION Tickets £10 TEL: 0779 221 8264 Raising monies for: DCRO, FSNBF, BLYTHE HOUSE, WORLD VISION ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–