Mountain Rescue takes centre stage at Parliament

Today sees the start of a week long exhibition on the role of Mountain Rescue Teams and Cave Rescue Teams within England and Wales in 2013, being held in the House of Commons at Westminster, London, by our National Body; Mountain rescue England and Wales (MREW)

The exhibition is taking place from today until Friday, 1st November, in the Upper Waiting Hall, between 09.30hrs and 16.30hrs each day.

Tomorrow a reception is being held in Dining Room A between 16.00hrs and 18.30hrs, linked to this five day exhibition.

The purpose behind the exhibition is to highlight to Members of Parliament, directly at their ‘place of work’ the very varied operational roles of mountain and cave rescue teams in England and Wales in their role of providing a totally voluntary search and rescue service within their local, regional and national communities.

As with every MRT and CRT in England and Wales, we have written to all the Members of Parliament who have constituencies within the Bolton MRT primary area of operational responsibility, in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, thanking them for their support of our team and inviting them to visit the exhibition.

We have written to the following Members of Parliament in this respect ; Ann Coffrey of Stockport Constituency, Graham Brady of Altrincham and Sale West, David Crausby of Bolton North, Lindsey Hoyle of Chorley, Hazel Blears of Salford and Eccles, Yvonne Favargue of Makerfield, Yasmin Qureshi of Bolton South East, Andy Burnham of Leigh, Mark Hunter of Cheadle, Paul Goggins of Wythenshawe and Sale East, Lucy Powell of Manchester Central, Lisa Nandy of Wigan, Kate Green of Stretford and Urmston, Julie Hilling of Bolton West, Jake Berry of Rossendale and Darwen, and Barbara Keeley of Worsley and Eccles.

A great many of ‘our’ Members of Parliament have always been very supportive of the Bolton MRT and Mountain Rescue in general within England and Wales, and are very sympathetic to our cause and the many issues now facing us, to which we turn to our Government for their help and support to our entirely free and totally voluntary national organisation and its constituent teams.