DEDICATED heroes of the hills have been presented with the most distinguished accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The courageous Oldham Mountain Rescue Team received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a glittering ceremony at Gorton Monastery.The team was recognised for helping injured or distressed in remote locations, and their expert skills are often needed to assist the local community.
Severe weather events, such as snow or flood, and major incidents like last year’s devastating moorland fires, are just some examples where the volunteers are on the front line.
The team received the award from Warren J Smith Esq JP, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Ginny Alexander and her husband Adrian.
OMRT’s proud leader Rob Tortoishell, from Mossley, said: “I’m over the moon OMRT has been recognised with this award.
“It is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by team members not only on callouts but in training and fundraising as well.”
He added: “We couldn’t survive without the support of our families and of the local community – this is a big thank you to them too.”
Mick Nield said: “It’s great to get the recognition. This is not just for the current members but also all those who have built the foundation of our team over the past 55yrs and for the support of our families.”
Dr Andrew Taylor, the team’s medical doctor, said: “As a team of fifty volunteers we are proud and delighted to receive this award in respect of service gladly given.
“We are always aware of the contribution and sacrifices of hundreds of members over the 55 years of OMRT and especially of the partners and families of all those members past and present for their support, their missed meals and celebrations as callouts took priority.”
Pictured: Mike Porritt, Nigel Hyde, Dr Andrew Taylor, Rick Beswick, Ian Atherton, Dave Allport, Justin Parkinson, Mayor of Oldham Cllr Ginny Alexander, Peter Hyde, Kelvin Storer, Mick Nield MBE, and Mayor’s Consort Adrian Alexander.