Giggleswick School Parents Association have donated £1,500 to The Cave Rescue Organisation using funds raised from the Alpine-themed ball at Christmas.
The Parents Association chose to raise money for the charity alongside fundraising for the School’s new indoor climbing wall. The charity seemed appropriate as we have a long tradition of involvement in Outdoor Pursuits and currently have 122 pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh gold and silver awards. Our location means there are 34 crags within a short distance of the School, including Giggleswick Scar South which is widely considered one of the best sports climbing crags in the UK with 260 climbing routes.
Chair of the Giggleswick School Parents Association, Sarah Crombie, explained why it was important to give to the charity “The School has a dedicated Outdoor Pursuits Department and some very well qualified staff, including Jo Wulf, who as well as teaching Outdoor Pursuits and teaching Languages, also volunteers with The Cave Rescue Organisation. Safety is of course paramount and obviously you always hope you would never need to call on the CRO but it’s great knowing they are there and they’ve helped so many people over the years.”
The CRO is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations from the public for its finance. Based in Clapham, it provides the cave and mountain rescue service in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and also extending westwards into Lancashire and Cumbria and eastwards as far as Malham and Gordale. The CRO is affiliated to the Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) and is a member of the British Cave Rescue Council. It normally undertakes over 80 incidents per year, the majority of which are to help walkers in the Yorkshire Dales.
Pam Hickin, Chair of the CRO said “Thank you to Giggleswick School for this generous donation. Back in the seventies, before the age you could volunteer was raised to 18, we had many Giggleswick pupils volunteering with rescue efforts so it is great to be re-igniting the partnership.”