BEM award for volunteer Keith

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team member Keith Birkitt was presented with the British Empire Medal by Mr William Tucker, Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire in recognition of his volunteer services to the team. Photo contributed.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team member Keith Birkitt was presented with the British Empire Medal by Mr William Tucker, Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire in recognition of his volunteer services to the team. Photo contributed.

A member of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team has been recognised for his dedication to volunteering.

Keith Birkitt was presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM) by Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire William Tucker at a special ceremony held at the team’s Dove Holes headquarters last Thursday.

Among the guests were David Coleman, President of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, Neil Roden, chairman of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and Keith’s friends, family and colleagues.

The award, the only BEM awarded in Derbyshire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, was made to Keith in recognition of his volunteer services to Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

Keith joined the team in 1994 and has consistently ranked in the top five members attending the most incidents each year. Since 1997, he has managed one of the team’s biggest annual fundraising events at Chatsworth Country Fair, raising more than £80,000 for team funds. He also now manages the team’s training programme.

In addition, Keith also gives talks to local groups, school groups and shakes a collection box when the team is fundraising in local towns and villages.

The team would like to thank Keith for his dedication, and his wife Jane-Anne, for providing support.