‘Local hero’ Raymond receives top honour

Raymond Davies with his award. Photo contributed.
Raymond Davies with his award. Photo contributed.

A GLOSSOP man and a founder member of the town’s mountain rescue team has been honoured for his invaluable contribution to the local community.

Raymond Davies MBE, 72, joins the likes of the Queen, Delia Smith, David Attenborough and Michael Palin in being named a ‘Local Hero’ by age positive charity WRVS, which unveiled its Gold Age Power List celebrating the 66 most influential people over 66 in the UK.

A founding member of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, Raymond has given over 50 years voluntary service and continues to respond to call-outs.

He was a founder member of the Peak District Mountain Rescue organisation, an honorary secretary of the Mountain Rescue Council, and sat on the Mountain Leadership Board, leading the design of a casualty bag, which inspired the one used today.

In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for 50 years in the voluntary services to mountain rescue in the Peak District.

He said: “I am very happy to win this award. Mountain rescue teams play a vital role in helping to save lives and to provide comfort to lost or injured people.”