One of the team's vehicles at The Nook

One of the team's vehicles at The Nook

Christmas revellers will be able to raise a glass of festive cheer and help mountain rescuers.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team’s local brewery has produced a special new ale and will donate cash from each pint sold to help the team’s appeal for a new headquarters.

The Nook Brewhouse in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, is selling the beer, Rescue Red, at its pub, close to the team’s base. The firm is a long-time supporter of the volunteers, who cover the Pennine moors in the North of the Peak District and in the South Pennines.

The team is currently based at a fire station in Marsden near Huddersfield, but is planning a new base at Meltham.

Nick Mason, of The Nook Brewhouse said: “In recognition of the vital role the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team gives to West Yorkshire, The Nook Brewhouse has specially brewed its own ale of which 10p in every pint is donated to the team.

“Rescue Red will be available at The Nook Pub throughout the festive season and is already proving to be a great hit with the locals and real ale enthusiasts alike.”

Owen Phillips, a spokesman for the rescuers, said “We’ve just recently secured planning permission to build our new headquarters in the Robert Ashton Memorial Park in Meltham.

“The team’s running costs usually come to about £10,000 a year, but this does tend to creep up year-on-year. We make all of this from the generosity of the public and donations from charitable groups and those we have helped directly.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently considering fire station closures following budget cuts under the Government’s austerity programme.

Mr Phillips said: “Naturally, the new HQ project ups the stakes considerably. We need to raise a substantial amount of money to get the project off the ground.”

Team members sample Rescue Red

Team members sample Rescue Red

“We’re trying to do this with some sense of urgency given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Marsden Fire Station, where our headquarters is currently located.

“To be supported in such a way by The Nook Brewhouse is really good news for us. We’re hoping that people enjoy the ale and every pint sold means a little bit more money to help us continue our work.

“More than that though, we hope that everyone who sees the beer on sale is reminded that we are there and that we need the help of the public so we can continue to help out when we are needed.

“We can’t thank the Nook Brewhouse enough for helping us to raise this awareness.”

The new brew is a 3.8 per cent beer described as an amber-red coloured ale, with hint of maltiness, a subtle hoppy aftertaste and a flowery aroma.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team provides volunteer search and rescue services for the southern half of West Yorkshire. Averaging 18 to 20 incidents a year, its members respond to incidents on the moors and upland areas, as well as helping police with missing-person searches in rural and more urban environments and helping the ambulance service with casualties in difficult-to-reach situations.

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