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Partnership Announcement – Above and Beyond Supporting Northumberland Mountain Rescue

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We are thrilled to announce a partnership with the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT). Volunteers will be provided with fully updated Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping, discounted kit, and clothing. Additionally, once per quarter partial profit of every OS map sale will be directly donated to NNPMRT.

NNPMRT volunteers conduct professional, often dangerous rescue operations on a day-to-day basis. Every rescue volunteer provides their own kit, and completes training in their free time, much of which has a cost associated with it – also funded by the volunteers.

AboveandBeyond will be swapping NNPMRT’s outdated maps with the new editions of OS mapping, and will provide new revisions regularly. Once per quarter, AboveandBeyond will be donating proportion of revenue directly to NNPMRT for every OS map sold, while a special discount on any kit or clothing will also be offered to NNPMRT volunteers. In addition to this, AboveandBeyond will be raising awareness of outdoor safety with their customers by featuring relevant and useful advice (provided by NNPMRT) on their website, while also encouraging volunteering opportunities with NNPMRT.

“AboveandBeyond are extremely pleased to recognise the amazing work of the NNPMRT and in doing so feel it is only natural to support them.” said Darren Smith, Director of AboveandBeyond.

“NNPMRT Leader, Iain Nixon, has been a customer for some years, and through a chance conversation, we became aware of his role with Mountain Rescue. We feel strongly that AboveandBeyond should not only provide the best equipment for outdoor activities, but that we should also be able to offer sound advice on staying safe and support those risking their lives to save ours. It’s a really exciting partnership to have and we are thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile organisation.”

NNPMRT volunteers respond to around 35 incidents per year. This, their 50th year, has been one of the busiest to date, with 27 incidents. The team’s typical operating cost is £20k per year, and on top of this, costly equipment (such as two Land Rover Ambulances costing £50k and £70k respectively) must be replaced periodically. The intention of the partnership is to take away some of the financial weight on volunteer shoulders and upgrade outdated mapping systems to ensure efficient rescuing operations, all the while educating public on necessary outdoors safety measures.

Iain Nixon, Team Leader of MMPMRT has said “We are very excited by this new partnership and A&B are providing a great deal of support to individual volunteers by updating their maps; each volunteer is required to own our, and our neighbouring teams, operating areas. With the frequency we are out, often in bad weather when people are in trouble, the maps do get damaged and replacements often needed. In addition the financial assistance offered to the team as a whole, from the sale of OS maps at A&B will help reduce the huge annual fundraising burden of keeping the team operational.”

We’ll be posting tips on staying safe outdoors really soon – the slightest change in weather or a fall/twist can turn an exciting adventure into a life threatening situation so in conjuction with Mountain Rescue we hope you’ll find the tips and hints useful.

For further information or if you have fund raising ideas, please contact:

Tracey Lee Binns Smith, Director Iain Nixon, Team Leader
Above & Beyond Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team
E: [email protected] E: [email protected] or [email protected]
T: 07796 097945 T: 07717 651679 or 07772 039873
Web: http://www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk/ Web: http://www.nnpmrt.org/