Oldham Mountain Rescue Team receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, ‘OMRT’s’ primary role is to help those injured or distressed in remote & difficult to access locations, however, they often call upon their skills to assist the local community when needed. Severe weather events, such as snow and floods, and major incidents like last year’s moorland fires are just some examples.
Representatives from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
OMRT is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
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 2nd
June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Representatives of Oldham Mountain Rescue Team will receive the award from Warren J Smith Esq JP, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.
Team Leader of OMRT, Rob Tortoishell, says:
“I am delighted that the Team’s work has been recognised with this prestigious Award, recognition which needs to be extended to the local community, whose assistance is vital for us to be able to function”.