The charity scooped the Vodafone Community Connection Award after a vote by staff at Vodafone’s Kendal store.
Kendal Mountain Rescue played a key role in helping with the emergency response to Storm Desmond in and around Kendal, working closely with the emergency services and local council. Members worked around the clock to carry out everything from emergency call outs to assist stranded motorists to undertaking welfare checked on people – many vulnerable – living close to the River Kent.
Thanks to the £1,000 award, the charity will continue to recruit, train and maintain a team of volunteers to search for and rescue people in distress, as well as respond to any requests for assistance from other mountain rescue teams and emergency services.
Kendal Mountain Rescue, run by Dave Howarth, was set up in 1953 to run a search and rescue service to people in distress in the Lakeland and Cumbria Fells.
Team Leader Dave entered the charity for the award and said: “As a charity, we have to rely almost entirely on donations to be able to go out and rescue people who have had the misfortune to get themselves injured or into difficulty whilst out in the mountains. The Community Connection Award we’ve received from Vodafone will help to replace our ageing avalanche transceivers.”
Michael Slessor, Vodafone Store Manager in Kendal, congratulated Kendal Mountain Rescue and said: “They are an amazing group of individuals that do a dangerous job with little or no recognition. We couldn’t think of a more worthwhile charity to give the Community Connection Award to.”
Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, have already made a difference to more than 50 local communities across the UK.
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