Whale Bones Walk raises more than £120,000 in 21 years for mountain rescuers

REWARDING WALK:  Volunteer walkers and members of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) who completed a 23 mile walk from Whitby to Marske in order to raise money for the CMRT.  Holding the cheque for £11,060 are Paul Smith from the CMRT and lan

REWARDING WALK: Volunteer walkers and members of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) who completed a 23 mile walk from Whitby to Marske in order to raise money for the CMRT. Holding the cheque for £11,060 are Paul Smith from the CMRT and lan

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LIFESAVERS with a head for heights have been presented with a cheque to help outdoor adventurers by a group of 130 walkers who raised more than £11,000.

After successfully completing the 23-mile Whale Bones walk from Whitby to Marske earlier this year, some of the well wishers returned to The Clarendon Hotel in Marske, east Cleveland , to present Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) with £11,060.

Now in its 21st year, the event has raised a total of more than £120,000 which Paul Smith, of the CMRT said went a long way to help meet its annual £26,000 costs.

“The money raised will be a great help towards the ongoing running of the team in this very busy year.”

Last month the team played a big part in rescuing a paraglider who was winched off a steep escarpment by helicopter after being seriously injured in a crash. They were called out on Sunday, July 18, by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service after the pilot, 44, from Stockton, suffered back injuries after flying into Carlton Bank, near Lord Stones Country Park, on the North York Moors.

And last weekend they received two callouts to Roseberry Topping. A 65-year-old woman from Guisborough had to be winched off the well-known beauty spot with a helicopter after she complained of feeling unwell.

They were also called upon to help a seven year-old boy out walking with his father who had become stuck on a slippery steep shale slope and was roped to safety.

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