Derbyshire mountain rescue teams fly life-saving essentials out to Nepal

Volunteers from a Peak District Mountain Rescue Team have joined the relief effort to help the people of Nepal after the country was devastated by two earthquakes in just a few days.

The first earthquake on April 25 prompted Edale MRT fundraising officer Dave Torr to find a charity that could ship out vital supplies to the country.

Thanks to Bob James, a retired Peak District Park warden, charity Nepal in Need said it would fly out anything that members of the team could collect.

Working with the directors of Outside, an outside climbing and mountaineering shop based in Hathersage, Derbyshire, and all other Mountain Rescue teams in the Peak district, a joint collection of tents, sleeping bags, clothing and footwear was organised at the weekend.

David said: “The response from Mountain Rescue team members, families and Outside customers was overwhelming.

“RAB, the local outdoor company, also heard about the collection and donated a fantastic one hundred down jackets.”

There was such a large amount of mountain gear donated the load had to be shared between two vehicles, a transit van and the Edale Mountain Rescue control Mercedes Sprinter, to be taken to the airport.

The donated gear was sent out on a Cathay Pacific flight to Nepal on Tuesday, the day the second earthquake hit the country.

David said: “A huge thank you to all those who made this all happen, Outside staff and customers, Tom Richardson, RAB Outdoors all the Peak District Mountain Rescue teams and Bob James who does a fantastic amount of relief work at disaster areas around the world.”