Windermere pupils get an inight into mountain rescue
29 December 2014
Staff and pupils from Windermere St Anne’s Prep School visited the Rescue Centre of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team on Monday (8 December) and had an opportunity to find out about the latest equipment and technology used to find and help people on the Lake District fells.
Twenty pupils from Year 5 were involved in the visit and it formed part of their work in school on adventure, a core subject for them all from a young age.
“Mrs Brierley, a teacher at the school approached us earlier in the year,” explains Stuart Smith, a member of Patterdale MRT who organised the visit, “and it was a good opportunity to show the young people what is involved in modern search and rescue and also to explain about us being a completely voluntary service.”
As well as seeing the three Team Land Rovers, each one converted and equipped for use on the mountains, and the Team’s personal kit, the pupils were shown around the Control Room with its computers and large screens by Ian Griggs, another Team member. They also saw the Rigid Inflatable Boat that the Patterdale Team uses to reach the inaccessible eastern side of Ullswater in an emergency.
“The students were really excited and had some great questions about avalanches,” said Stuart Smith, “and all just as the snows came to Kirkstone Pass. They were very pleased to see the Land Rover that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge donated to the Team too.”
“Even at such a busy time of year in school, a visit like this brings some reality to the adventures and camp that the pupils will be undertaking in 2015,” said Mrs Brierley.
As the pupils gathered to leave after a couple of hours, Stuart gave them further reading material including information about the Team, Mountain Rescue England and Wales and tips on how to stay safe in the mountains. The pupils all thanked Ian and Stuart for their time and efforts and presented the team with a cheque for £100 as a thank you and as a donation to all the hard work that the Team does in the community.
“Who knows,” said Stuart, “some of these young people may well be our long-term supporters or even Team members in the years to come.”