Nick Shepherd of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team shows one of the children from WellChild the ropes during the climbing and abseiling activities

Nick Shepherd of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team shows one of the children from WellChild the ropes during the climbing and abseiling activities

Youngsters from three charities had a taste of adventure, thanks to volunteer rescuers.

Mountain and cave rescue teams in the Peak District staged mock rescues, led hillwalking expeditions and caving trips for young people from charities backed by Princes William and Harry.

William is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales and the day of adventure was the third provided by volunteer rescuers for other groups with which the Duke of Cambridge and his brother are involved.

Previous adventure days were held in the Lake District and north Wales.

Teams also staged climbing and abseiling activities and high ropes routes for members of Centrepoint, for socially excluded homeless young people; WellChild, which supports children with serious illness and their families; and the Child Bereavement Charity, which helps families affected by the loss of a child and children who have suffered bereavement.

The activities took place at Castleton, Hope and Buxton and were put on by members of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.

Rescuers used their emergency vehicles to transport the youngsters between venues.

Neil Roden, chairman of the PDMRO said: “We’re happy to take on this challenge and try to provide a very special day for all those involved.  The princes actively encourage this sort of cooperation and it works well for everyone.”

Mike France from Mountain Rescue England and Wales said, “For the last three years, different regions of mountain rescue have organised a day of outdoor activities for young people from several associated charities.”

The inaugural event saw Prince William climb England’s third highest mountain Helvellyn with mountain rescuers and Centrepoint members, before taking a trip on an Ullswater steamer with WellChild children and parents.

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