It was an emotional evening for the team on Monday this week, as members of the team with significant service were honoured to receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals in recognition of their work. The evening was made all the more special by the presence of a former casualty, John Rubery, and his wife Grace.
John was rescued by the local team 10 years ago after suffering a heart attack on Pen Allt-mawr in the Black Mountains, and thanks to the efforts of the team was evacuated quickly enough to receive further medical assistance and subsequently make a full recovery. Grace, speaking at the presentation ceremony, said, “Only a year after the day that John was taken ill, we were lucky enough to welcome into the world our first grandson, and thereafter further grandchildren. We have travelled all over the world in the last ten years and John has walked the length of the South West Coast Path and half of the Offa’s Dyke path. None of this would be possible without your work, and without your assistance that day not only would we not have been blessed with another ten years together, but also our grandchildren would never have known their beloved Granddad.”
Team Leader, Mark Nicholls, commented, “We rarely see casualties after evacuation and incidents, as our main function is to ensure they make it safely off the hill and where necessary to further medical care. We don’t look for this sort of award as all members give their time willingly, but an evening such as this really brings home to us the difference we can make, and certainly made receiving recognition of our service all the more poignant”.