Giggleswick School Parents Association has donated £1,500 to The Cave Rescue Organisation after holding an Alpine-themed ball at Christmas. The Parents Association chose to raise money for the charity alongside fundraising for the school’s new indoor climbing wall.
Chair of the Giggleswick School Parents Association, Sarah Crombie said: “The school has a dedicated outdoor pursuits department and some very well qualified staff, including Jo Wulf, who as well as teaching outdoor pursuits and teaching languages, also volunteers with The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO). Safety is of course paramount and obviously you always hope you would never need to call on the CRO but it’s great knowing they are there and they’ve helped so many people over the years.”
The CRO is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations from the public for its finance. Based in Clapham, it provides the cave and mountain rescue service in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and also extending westwards into Lancashire and Cumbria and eastwards as far as Malham and Gordale. The CRO is affiliated to the Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) and is a member of the British Cave Rescue Council. It normally undertakes over eighty incidents per year, the majority of which are to help walkers in the Yorkshire Dales.
Pam Hickin, Chair of the CRO added: “Thank you to Giggleswick School for this generous donation. Back in the seventies, before the age you could volunteer was raised to 18, we had many Giggleswick pupils volunteering with rescue efforts so it is great to be re-igniting the partnership.”