The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Patterdale MRT was honoured to be one of the twelve Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams that were announced as winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service early in June 2020. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and it aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The award to the Lake District teams as a unit was a great recognition of the huge amount of work and commitment put into mountain rescue by the current 400 or so volunteers within the twelve Lake District teams and also by all members from the 70 years of MR history in the region.

Representatives of the Lake District teams will receive the award from Mrs Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, as soon as the pandemic allows, and two volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award, to represent MR in the Lake District.

Thank you, Hayley and Helen. Hayley lost her camera on Swirral Edge - precious memories and a special gift. Helen found it, posted on social media and Hayley's friend spotted it. Hayley has her camera, Helen wanted no reward so Hayley's donated to us. Thank you to both of them!

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