In a changed to our published program today we welcomed David Dennis who gave an informative talk, with more stories from the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue association.
The association has about 80 members, who come from all walks of live. They were involved in 42 calls outs last year and 8 calls outs so far this year. David was concerned about the privatisation of the RAF/RN air/sea rescue services as they are invaluable resource for the Fell Rescue. Will helicopters be freely available under privatisation?
We were told that the service requires £35,000 per year just to “break even” and that publicity and fund raising have become major issues.
David had some humorous tales to tell, about the cow that was rescued twice from the same hole and the woman who was rescued twice from Brimham Rocks. He told of rescues that had a happy ending and some, unfortunately, that did not.
At the end of the meeting, members gave a donation to the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue organisation.