We are proud to announce that Longtown Mountain Rescue Team has today received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service. This has been granted for our service to the public for saving lives in remote places for more than 50 years. The award is in recognition of the work carried out by all the team’s members past and present and they should all be very proud.
Entries for this years Big Black Mountains Challenge are now open!!! Just go to the BBMC page on the team’s website and click on the big red “go to on-line booking form” button and follow the links. As usual places are limited so to avoid being disappointed please book your place as soon as possible.
BBMC is the teams biggest fundraising event of the year and goes a long way towards raising the £25,000 – £30,000 needed each year to run the team. The team are also currently raising funds to purchase a new incident control vehicle. We are therefore very grateful to everyone who pays to enter. If however you feel you can raise further donations for the team that would be brilliant. There are a few ways to do this:
1. you can download a sponsorship form from the BBMC page
2. you and your friends and family can make a £10 donation by text. Simply text BBMC16 £10 to 70070 to donate to Longtown Mountain Rescue and make a difference today. JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
3. or, finally you can set up your own Big Black Mountain Challenge 2016 fundraising page with JustGiving
We look forward to see you all in May
The team have been notified this week that we have been successful in gaining £3000 from the Lloyds Bank Community fund. The money will be used to provide team issue waterproof trousers to all team members. The team would like to thank everyone who voted for us by text, on-line or by visiting their local Lloyds Bank branch.
The team has been shortlisted for this years Lloyds Community Fund and we need your vote. We are one of four finalists for Monmouthshire. If we are successful we will receive £3000, which will go towards waterproof trousers for team members.
The fund is decided by public vote and voting is open from 23rd September to 1st November 2013. You can vote in your local Lloyds Bank branch, online or by SMS text message – text VOTE MWQB to 61119. Full details at
https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?guid=5A44EDB004D94ECEB04472AB52EB4A21&fb_action_ids=10151922390123767&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151922390123767%22%3A367731156662606%7D&action type map=%7B%2210151922390123767%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Please support the team and give us your vote
Team members recently met up with Edward Andrews at the end of the first leg of his four day adventure to raise money for the team. Edward had cycled from his home in Shropshire to Gospel Pass and was just about to walk to the top of Hay Bluff before starting the three day 86-mile walk back home.
This unusual fund raising idea has already raised a fantastic £450 for the team. Well done, Edward.
After 80 days of walking, Keith Chammings has completed the 1400 mile walk from his home in Abergavenny to Finistere. Keith has already raised over £1600 for the team and its not too late to support this fantastic effort to raise money for the team. Donations can still be made at
To celebrate completing this massive undertaking, 36-hours after returning home, Keith headed off to the Netherlands to complete the 120km walk as part of the International Nijmegen Four Day Marches!! Legend. Well done Keith and thank you from everyone in the team
On a recent crag training exercise at Llangattock, in sadly very wet and wild conditions, the team were joined by Gordon and Carola Kean. Carola is the widow of a former team member, Bob, and has been an amazing fundraiser – recent events, including a special ladies’ evening have raised in excess of £800 for the team. Having braved the elements to join us on training we are hoping that they will return on a sunnier day for a chance to go ‘over the edge’
On Thursday, Keith Chammings set off on his 1400 mile adventure to celebrate his 70th birthday and along the way raising funds for the team. Keith was seen off from Abergavenny town hall by the mayor, friends and family and representatives from the team. Team members also accompanied Keith on the first leg of his trip, walking with him from Abergavenny to Monmouth.
On his journey Keith will average 16-miles a day for 82 days with only 2 days off (one of which is the ferry trip to France!). If you would like to sponsor Keith on his adventure please visit
On the 11th April, the day after his 70th birthday, Keith Chammings will leave his home in Abergavenny and walk the 1400 miles to Santiago Compostela and then on to the ‘end of the earth’ at Finistere. Keith has very kindly offered to use his 80 day walk to raise funds for the team. If you would like to sponsor Keith for this impressive undertaking please visit his Just Giving page at:
Ewyas Harold Baptist Church have been busy this year making a difference to local charities, and recently presented a cheque to the team for the sum of £575.Revd Matt Powell from the church contacted the team early in 2012 and made it clear the community wanted to work with a nearby group, “This year we are celebrating our 150th year of being a Baptist Church in the village, and as part of our work we run several fund-raising events. During 2012 we looked at several projects and decided that this money often gets absorbed into a national pot, and therefore doesn’t go directly to support local people. As such we thought Longtown MRT was a good way to make sure locally raised funds went to a locally based project”
Receiving the cheque from the church representative, Jenni Whistance, is Longtown MRT Chairman, Mike Jones, who commented, “We were honoured to be chosen as a local charity to receive funds from the work done by Ewyas Harold Baptist Church. Much of our activity involves local people, from a wide rural area, so this was a great way to feel a further connection with the wider community we serve.”