Ribble Valley Stepping Out walkers’ thanks to mountain rescue service

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A GROUP of volunteer walk leaders have decided to show their appreciation for a vital service which gives them much needed peace of mind when they are out and about enjoying their hobby.

Ribble Valley Stepping Out walks programme has been providing a varied selection of well loved walks in the area for the past six years and is run solely by enthusiastic volunteers. In December 2010, leaders decided to raise money for the Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Service by producing a calendar of local landscape photographic scenes. Sales of the calendar raised more than £450 thanks to kind donations from many local walkers and colleagues.

The members of Stepping Out were invited on a tour of Smelt Mill, headquarters of the mountain rescue team, by senior member John Houghton, so that they could deliver the funds raised in person and were treated to a tour of the facilities and a talk by John. He explained that the service is totally funded by charitable contributions and that last year, the team attended 65 incidents and call outs. He also gave the group a guide to safety on the fells and footpaths of Lancashire.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Stepping Out walks programme, please contact Dominic Cooper, Health Development Officer (Walks), at Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 414484 or e-mail dominic.cooper@ribblevalley.gov.uk