Rescue volunteer is given top accolade

Roger Hartley, centre, with Garry Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire and the rest of the Scarborough Team.
Roger Hartley, centre, with Garry Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire and the rest of the Scarborough Team.

A FORMER Bridlington man was honoured at a local heroes awards ceremony for lifesaving volunteers.

Roger Hartley is an experienced Party Leader, casualty carer and team driver with the Snainton based Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

Now living in Whitby, Roger, a science teacher at Caedman Comprehensive School in Whitby, was among 20 honoured at a Search and Rescue Awards Ceremony supported by Welcome to Yorkshire and held at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar on Friday evening.

The awards are designed to spotlight the work of lifesaving volunteers in five lifesaving teams covering North Yorkshire, one of them being Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue.

It was established in 1965 and covers the eastern half of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Wolds, Scarborough, Ryedale and York.

Mr Hartley was one of three Scarborough team members to received awards.

Together with a friend he completed the Coast to Coast walk and John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle ride to raise funds for the team and Grace Murray, who suffers with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The other four teams are the Cave Rescue Organisation, based in Clapham, which provides the cave and mountain rescue service in the Three Peaks area of Dales, extending into Lancashire and Cumbria and eastwards as far as Malham and Gordale; the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team, based in Stokesley, who cover the North West of the North York Moors and Cleveland Area; the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, based in Catterick, which covers the Swaledale and Wensleydale area; and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, based in Grassington, which covers Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and Mid-Airedale.