The twelve Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The umbrella organization of the 12 teams is LDSAMRA (the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association).
The Queen's Award for Voluntary service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on the 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.
Representatives of the Lake District's teams will receive the award from Mrs. Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from the group will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year's Award.
"This award is an incredible recognition of the huge amount of work and commitment put into mountain rescue by the current 400 volunteers within the twelve teams and by all members from our 70 years' history," said LDSAMRA Chairman, Richard Warren. "We are all truly humbled by the nomination and look forward to the recognition it brings."
"Thank you to everyone who has supported our Teams over the years."
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said: "This year’s Queen’s Awards highlight the considerable achievements of groups of volunteers who have been making a real impact to the fabric of our country for many years – in some cases decades. Inspired by all that is best in the human spirit, they are made up of local people who have come together to address particular issues and problems facing their communities - often in new and imaginative ways."