The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team hosted the official opening ceremony for its new Headquarters building on Manchester Road in Marsden on Saturday 18th April. This was followed by an open day for the public to see the building and meet the team.
The day marked the culmination of many years of fundraising and work on the part of team members to try and secure a permanent home to ensure its life-saving services can continue into the future.
After a massive fundraising effort, the team succeeded in purchasing Marsden’s former Fire Station building earlier this year, after the station was closed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The building provides garage space for the team’s two emergency vehicles, as well as a training room, control room, kitchen, toilets and ample storage and equipment drying facilities.
The money has been raised mainly through the generosity of the public. Owen Phillips, a spokesman for the team said;
“Many individuals and local business have donated money to help us achieve this goal. We put on some major fundraisers, such as the Oysterband concert in Holmfirth back in November 2013 – both the band and The Picturedrome supported us to the hilt, charging us nothing and ensuring the full profits went to the team. Their efforts took us several thousand pounds closer to our goal.
“The Nook Brewhouse in Holmfirth also continues to sell their Rescue Red ale – 10p per pint comes to the team and the donations from that, again, run into the thousands.
“Then there are the individuals who have bought bricks for our commemorative wall, and even those who have chucked some small change into one of our collection buckets. All these people are to thank for getting us to where we are now.”
The building was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Also attending were the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, the Mayor of Kirklees, The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, the Area Manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, The Chair of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Representatives from other Mountain Rescue Teams throughout the region and various local politicians and councillors, as well as major benefactors of the team who have given significant assistance with fundraising.