Stowupland: Suffolk’s mountain rescue team to raise money for charity

The Stowupland Mountain Rescue Team. L-R Cathy Welham, Eddie Hele, Sam and Rick Hamilton, Keith Welh

The Stowupland Mountain Rescue Team. L-R Cathy Welham, Eddie Hele, Sam and Rick Hamilton, Keith Welham and Karen Hamilton. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk is known for its flat countryside and farming landscapes not for its mountains.

But one village has made the unusual move of creating its own “mountain rescue” team to help people in an emergency.

Keith Welham, 65, a member of the team in Stowupland said despite running for almost two years the group has yet to receive an emergency call.

“The parish council had to have an emergency plan so we just thought as a joke we would set up a mountain rescue team,” he said.

“We have not had anyone who needs help because we do not have any mountains but we are here to help people if they get stuck.

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“We do not expect to be called for help with anything to be honest – it’s not set up as helpline – the main focus of it is to have a bit of fun and raise money for charity.”

The group’s 4x4 vehicle contains the team’s emergency equipment of ropes, helmets, powerful spot lights, warning signs and fluorescent jackets.

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Thousands of pounds have been generated for good causes through fundraising walks and quizzes the rescue team compete in.

Currently money is going to support nine-year-old Harrison Kemp who lives in the village and suffers from cerebral palsy.

On Sunday people are invited to take on three of the highest hills in Stowupland to raise money for Harrison.

Walkers will be arriving at The Retreat pub in Stowupland Green between 11am-4pm to take on the hills.

Maps guiding people to the hills, which will take about two hours to complete, will be available. People can take on as many of the hills as they like as part of the “Three Peaks Challenge”.

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