Local mountain rescuers have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017, the first mountain rescue team in Wales to receive such an accolade.
Abergavenny’s Longtown Mountain Rescue Team has been given the award in recognition of its `service to the public for saving lives in remote places for over 50 years.’
Mike Jones, of Longtown MRT said: “It was a real honour to have received the award. It is in recognition of the work carried out by all the team’s members past and present and they should all be very proud.
“We couldn’t carry out our work without the support of the team’s families, and our many supporters. Thank you all for your tireless dedication over many years. I am so pleased that this has been granted such recognition today.”
The team is made up of highly trained volunteers from all walks of life and is on call 24/7. It is a registered charity and is dependent almost entirely on donations. The team covers an area from East Wales, through the Welsh borders and across Herefordshire
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.
Hours after the award was announced the team was called out in the early hours of Saturday morning to assist Gwent Police with an injured teenager in the Cwmbran area. The team was called at 12:30am to assist colleages fom the ambulance service and HART (Hazadous Area Response Teams) attended the incident near the Blaen Bran reservoir. The teenager was later taken by ambulance to the Royal Gwent Hospital.
The team was called out again later that day to Tranch in Torfaen to rescue a local woman with a fracture to her lower leg. She was carried by stretcher off the hill to a waiting ambulance and on to Nevill Hall hospital.