Special birthday celebrations for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team stalwart

A former mountain rescuer who has spent 50 years of his life supporting the organisation was treated to a visit from current members to make his 80th lockdown birthday celebrations a bit more special.

By Lucy Ball
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 3:48 pm

Gordon Booth started teaching first aid to members back in 1968 and became a full operational team member in 1970, before standing down from hill going duties in 1982. He continued to provide first aid training and other support functions for many years after. He was later awarded honorary life membership of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team

This month he celebrated his 80th birthday and his daughter, who lives in the Lake District, was unable to travel to see him because of lockdown restrictions so contacted Buxton Mountain Rescue Team who went above and beyond to make her dad’s birthday a bit more memorable.

Team leader Neil Carruthers said: “Gordon has been a stalwart and supporter of the team for over 50 years. His skills and experience were pivotal in raising the standard of our casualty care.

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Members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team making a special call-out to celebrate a former team member's 80th birthday

"He has been responsible for the training of hundreds of team members and has therefore indirectly saved lives through the skills members have had.

“When he stood down as an active hill member, he has always been a keen supporter of the team.

"We were delighted to be able to call on Gordon and we wish him a very happy birthday."

A couple of members called at his house in one of the emergency vehicles to present him with a card from the team.

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