TWO years after being nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Cumbria’s mountain rescue teams have finally secured their award.
All 12 were nominated by Superintendent Matthew Kennerley in 2019 for the award which is the team equivalent of an individual MBE.
They were told they won in April of last year.
Due to the pandemic, however, there was no chance for a presentation. But Friday, it finally happened.
Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, finally and officially presented the signed certificate and crystal to representatives of the Penrith Police Headquarters.
After the presentation, the president of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Association, the umbrella body and representative of the teams, handed the articles to Police Chief Michelto at the police headquarters where mountain rescuers are working as part of the multi-agency resilience team.
The 12 teams are: Cockermouth, Keswick, Wasdale, Kendal, Duddon and Furness, Coniston, Kirby Stephen, Langdale, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit and Rescue Search Dogs.
The teams are made up of around 400 members who each received a badge of which each team received a certificate and a crystal.