Edale Mountain Rescue Team came to the rescue of a distinguished casualty yesterday.

The Peak District team was called upon to rescue the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Jackie Drayton, from the moors in the Burbage Edge area.

Cllr Drayton agreed to act as a casualty during one of the team’s regular training exercises.  She was carried by stretcher by members of the 26-strong squad. The Lord Mayor volunteered after meeting the team at a civic reception in the Town Hall this year.

The Lord Mayor says she is enjoys making use of the countryside around Sheffield – the Peak District base of the Edale team is only a short distance from the city – and wanted to  see the rescuers in action.

Team leader Ian Bunting said the mock-up rescue was typical of many the Edale Mountain Rescue Team faced. The volunteers turned out to 95 rescues last year and is in the middle of a fundraising effort to kit out a new base.

You can help the team with donations via its website.

  • Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, which covers Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, has been awarded an £85,000 lottery grant.

The money will be put towards a purpose-built £500,000 base so it can move out of its current home, a converted garage behind Fort William police station.

The cash comes from the sportscotland Building for Sport Programme.