Several mountain rescue teams are applying for the NatWest Community Force grant - a scheme which enables local projects and charities to raise money via a grant from NatWest - and they need your votes NOW!
PLEASE VOTE NOW - VOTING ENDS ON MONDAY 25TH
The voting process requires some patience:
1) Register a new user account here.
2) Wait for the confirmation email to arrive - check your spam folder! - and confirm the email.
3) You have three votes for the NatWest (England and Wales one) so vote for these:
- NEWSAR (North East Wales Search and Rescue) - vote here NEWSAR
- AMRT (Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team) - vote here for AMRT
- Kinder Mountain Rescue Team - vote here for KMRT
4) Then go through the registration process again for the RBS version for Scotland here. This will give you three votes for the MRTs north of the border:
- Moffat MRT - vote here for Moffat MRT
- Lomond MRT - vote here for Lomond MRT
- Assynt MRT - vote here for Assynt Mountain Rescue
It is important to note that these bids are in different regions hence they aren't against each other so your three votes will count. In the last 24 hours UKC readers have added 500 votes to the first two bids for NEWSAR and AMRT!
Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT)
AMRT operates in North West Wales and Snowdonia and is staffed by approximately 30 volunteers and on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. AMRT provides a search and rescue service, not just on the mountains, but covering the whole of North West Wales, including urban and rural areas and along the coasts of North Wales, thereby providing a service to the whole of the community. They work closely with all of the other emergency services, including Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Coast Guard, RNLI, RAF Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance.
NEWSAR (North East Wales Search and Rescue)NEWSAR has been operating for 30 years and their callouts range from fallen climbers, injured walkers and bikers in the mountains to missing person searches in rural areas.
They are currently equipping a new control vehicle and need funding for communication equipment and technology, as well as to keep two Land Rovers maintained and ready for callouts. It currently costs between £15,000 and £20,000 a year to run the team, including maintaining and replacing vital equipment, training and administration. NEWSAR team members are all volunteers, they do not get paid for their services and are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to save lives and help their community.