I wrote last month about a successful rescue of an injured walker. A sense of satisfaction and elation are feelings after such a rescue having located the missing person and in the case of an injured casualty treated to prevent any worsening and administered pain relief.
However, other feelings are encountered when the outcome is not a happy one. This was the case in mid-June when the team was called to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service in the recovery of a walker who had died on the St Cuthbert’s Way. Our thoughts are then for the family members of the casualty.
The team were delighted to complete the purchase of the site for their new base on 30th April. The site sits in Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate on the south side of Kelso, and once the base is built it will provide a state of the art and fit for purpose Mountain Rescue Post. The location is ideal for BSARU to carry out their duties and operate as a control centre for incidents in the Cheviots and surrounding area.
The team has formed a dedicated sub-group focused on delivering the new base and they are hard at work finalising design, obtaining regulatory approvals, and working with contractors with an aim of starting on site later this year, market conditions permitting. Some team members recently cleared the site of vegetation.
We are very grateful to supporters for their help in making the base project a reality thus far. A project such as this has significant ongoing capital requirements, and the team would be delighted to hear from anyone with donations or offers of help.