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Home-based virtual challenge helps Exmoor search and rescue get PPE

More than £1,000 has so far been raised to provide PPE equipment for Exmoor Search and Rescue Team, following a stay-at-home challenge - which is still open to take part in or support.

Dan Brice, from Minehead-based community interest company Channel Events, came up with the idea in the first phase of lockdown exercise restrictions.

On May 10 he challenged himself to complete 10 kilometres on foot -  within the confines of his property -  while also climbing the combined height of the three highest points in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall which is a total of 1540 metres.

Each of the 200 laps was 50 metres and included the flat roof of his garage, children's climbing frame and a pallet built obstacle to ascend eight metres per lap. 

He said: "Why have I chosen the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team I hear you ask? This amazing group of volunteers put themselves in harms way, day and night and in all weathers to search and rescue for those in need. 

"The team is totally manned by volunteers, their facilities, vehicles, equipment and clothing is all paid for by fundraising (no government funding) and they are deployed by the police force as a blue light service.

"These heroes keep on giving and in this time of uncertainty and vulnerability they have had to purchase all of the required PPE to deal with any casualties that may be showing signs of Covid-19. 

"It's criminal that they have received nothing form the government to protect them while they put others lives before their own and for that reason I am fundraising to help them stay safe during this pandemic."

The search and rescue team's Caro Wedgwood explained: "At the start we managed to procure PPE but the problem was that we weren’t expecting to have to spend hundreds of pounds that we hadn’t budgeted for. 

"Because we are still operational and have been attending call outs we are getting through the PPE so the cost is on going. 

"We are entirely dependent on charitable giving but our main revenue sources  - giving talks and attending events - are currently cut off.

"That is why we are so grateful to people like Dan supporting the team in his fundraising. 

"The masks that are difficult to get hold of are what we give the casualty carers as they need better protection given their proximity to casualties."

To see the online fundraising page click here

For more about Channel events and the virtual challenge click here

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