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Winter 2011

Welcome to Pidley Mountain Rescue Team’s e-newsletter covering news of recent rescues, donations from supporters and reports on past fund-raising events and news of future ones. We hope you enjoy catching up with the work of the charity.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Teddies raise £3200

We are delighted to announce that we raised over £3,200 at the September's Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Competition.
The ten dare-devil professional parachuting teddies, sponsored by local companies and individuals, jumped from a plane into the skies over the Huntingdonshire fens. Each teddy was focused on winning the pot of honey and cheered on by nearly 500 supporters. Honours went to the final jump of the day with Teddy Number 10, sponsored by The Powell Family, landing nearest to the target.

“We had a fantastic day and the funds raised by sponsorship, raffles, competitions, food sales and kind donations from our supporters will soon be helping those in our community that are less fortunate,” said PMRT’s chairman Trevor Peacock.
Our thanks for to the brilliant Somersham 2nd Brownie Pack for providing vital stretcher-bearer services and first-aid to the teddies as well as Cambridge Aero Club, host farmer Kelvin German at Rookery Farm, and the 2331 Squadron St Ives Air Training Corp who worked incredibly hard, alongside our committee and volunteers, to ensure the event ran smoothly on the day. Check out our event video on YouTube.

Best Dressed Teddy Bear competition winners
Winning sponsor Mr Powell

Recent rescues

Gwen from Pidley

Not all our work is providing new equipment. Gwen from Pidley has recently benefited from a second-hand chair-lift, that we sourced and then paid the installation costs.
Sometimes a rescue can be very simple. John has various medical problems and is benefiting from a custom-made chair which is more comfortable and supportive for him that any shop-bought model.
Alex from St Neots is enjoying his new, lighter portable communication device that replaces a heavier, larger version that he has been using for several years. He has limited verbal communication and, as well as the device, uses a combination of signing and pointing to communicate with family and friends.

Alex from St Neots and his new communication device
John has a custom-made chair and is out of his wheelchair

Join us at our events

PMRT at Ramsey 1940s Weekend

We’ve donated nearly £10,000 of equipment this year and carried out 13 rescues so far. Our work is only possible because of your support and donations - so thank-you!
We are often invited to other events and this year attended the Ramsey 1940s Weekend and the Somersham Carnival, as well as many other smaller local club events and open days. But this is still not enough. There are still many more who would benefit from our help, and we are always considering new and different ways to raise funds.
We are looking to launch a major new event for early summer 2012 and attract some new and different supporters – so keep in touch via our Facebook page and website. But don’t worry, the Pidley International Teddy-Bear Freefall Competition remains our premier event, and we look forward to seeing you there.