Warming cuppas help to support our rescue team

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White, with team members
Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White, with team members

SHOPPERS calling in for a warming cuppa at the Mayor of Todmorden’s charity coffee morning were also able to learn more about his Mayoral charity.

Volunteers from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were on hand to talk to people about their work at Todmorden Town Hall, where guest were served tea and biscuits and wereable to meet the Mayor, Coun Richard White.

Coun White has chosen the team as his charity for the year.

“We didn’t get as many people in as I’d hoped because there were other things going on that morning including a choir sing, but we raised £143.

“About ten members of the team were there and on hand to talk to people about the work they do,” he said.

“We also had some big information posters and the team had a laptop computer with them, showing footage of them in action. Last week they also spoke at a Todmorden U3A meeting and showed BBC footage of their work in winter.”

The Mayor explained that the search and rescue team, which has volunteers from all over the Calder Valley and vehicles at several staging points in the area, including the Rescue Post headquarters at Mytholmroyd, played a vital role, working with the emergency services.

They can be called out at any moment, said Coun White, but fortunately they were not deployed while lending their support to the coffee morning.

Coun White said his family had personal experience of the team’s importance when, five years ago, his sister-in-law slipped and broke her leg while out walking and the team were called in to rescue her.

More fundraising events to support the team are planned by Coun White, including another coffee morning on February 25 and a quiz evening on March 31.