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Winners! SW search and rescue teams celebrate award success.

The best of the South West celebrated this week at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards held under the last Concorde to ever fly at Aerospace Bristol.

And we were delighted to be recognised with a special Outstanding Contribution award given to the South West Mountain, Cliff and Cave Rescue Teams for the huge voluntary contribution to looking after visitors as well as their pets.

Our team leader Keith said "We are delighted that all the search and rescue teams in the region have been recognised with this award. Our volunteers give up a huge amount of their time to be part of the team fundraising, training and on callouts. It can be very disruptive to family and work life so this award is very much for them, their families and employers, as without their support we wouldn't be able to provide the life-saving service we do."

Team members collect a special outstanding contribution award at the SW Tourism Awards 2019.

 Nell Barrington on behalf of the South West Tourism Alliance presenting the award said "The success of tourism in our Region is not just dependent upon businesses such as those we’re celebrating this evening, but also other bodies & agencies that play a huge role in our success. "

"One such service is run entirely by volunteers and proportionately has more rescues involving visitors to the South West than those who live and work here. " 
"This is the service that looks after our visitors and local residents:  those who get lost on the moors, who get stuck on cliffs and a whole unimaginable range of difficult, sometimes life-threatening situations. " 
"AllTeams annual running costs come from fundraising, they receive no statutory funding."
The SW teams recognised with the award were:
  • Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton
  • North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team
  • Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Tavistock
  • Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Plymouth
  • Exmoor Search & Rescue Team
  • Cornwall Search and Rescue Team
  • Devon Cave Rescue Organisation
  • Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue
  • SARDA (Search and Rescue Dog Association) SW

Team members Paula and Alec (3rd and 4th left) attended the awards with other representatives from the SW teams.

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