Guides’ help for mountain rescue team

Members of Garstang Guides present the cheque to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
Members of Garstang Guides present the cheque to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.

A Garstang Girl Guide unit has helped a mountain rescue team by raising funds for a new stretcher harness.

Members of 1st Garstang Guides celebrated their fundraising efforts by presenting Phil Hill, of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team, with a cheque for £180.

The girls and their leaders took part in a sponsored swim, organised by the Rotary Club of Lancaster Loyne and held at Lancaster University earlier this year, in order to raise money to help fund a new stretcher harness for the team to use during cliff rescues.

The unit has a close connection with the team, having been to Bowland Pennine’s Smelt Mill headquarters at Dunsop Bridge for its winter camp and to the vehicle and training base at Barnacre as part of their weekly meetings.

On their visit, the Guides learned first aid skills and were informed about the team operates and its training requirements.

The Guides also got a chance to look at the vehicles and equipment the team uses – and even took part in some stretcher races!

A spokesperson for the unit said the girls really wanted to give something back to the men and women who risk such a lot to save others, and that the money was just a small way of showing their appreciation for the service the team provides.

The unit has had a very busy year, both with its normal meetings and other activities. The girls have taken part in line dancing, cake decorating with Iced of Garstang, outdoor cooking, joint nights with the Scouts, a trip to the cinema and a pizza tea, as well as completing the performing arts and campfire challenge badges.

Recently the unit won the Scout and Guide orienteering competition at Beacon Fell and also enjoyed taking part, with other Guides from the county ,in the Derham Cup team competition at Guy’s Farm, Forton.

“It’s been a very busy year,” said a spokesperson for the unit.