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ABS Walk for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

On 7th June, eight of the ABS and Driver Hire (Bradford) team walked 25 miles of the Pennine Way from Holme Moss (Kirklees) to Stoodley Pike (Calderdale). The aim of the event was to raise vital funds for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) so they could purchase high quality waterproof jackets for over 40 members of the call-out group.

HVMRT is a search and rescue organisation run solely by volunteers based in Marsden, near Huddersfield. The team has over 40 members who are on call to assist those in difficulty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all weathers.

The first part of the journey took us from Holme Moss summit car park to Black Hill and felt like we were tackling the mountains of Mordor, stepping out into the misty fog at 7.30am. A highly motivated team of amateur walkers with the help of Owen Phillips (HVMRT leader), set out on the adventure through the low thick cloud onto Black Hill which is notorious for its absence of landmarks.

To our surprise, the weather changed very quickly and the mist made way for glorious sunshine which meant we managed to make a few stops, one being for lunch around the 10 mile mark near Denshaw to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

On the second half of the journey we were joined by two other HVMRT members, Wayne Law and Seamus Quinn, who took the place of Owen for this part of the walk. With their dogs leading the way and guiding us across the rough terrain they kept our spirits and energy levels high.

The team powered through with blisters and sore legs to cross the finish line at Stoodley Pike (Todmorden) in nine hours. We all took on some water and marvelled at the view across this great Yorkshire town. A fantastic achievement by all meant that we were afforded the luxury of a trip to the Top Brink Inn in Todmorden for some well-deserved grub.

Seamus, fundraising officer for HVMRT said, “We were surprised and pleased to be chosen as ABS’ charity of the year with the goal to raise money towards waterproofs for the members of the call-out team.”

“It’s great to see more people enjoying the moors and putting in great efforts to support the rescue team. I’m glad we could help and thanks must go to ABS for their support.”

Hannah Burgin, trustee at the ABS Foundation and one of the walkers commented on the experience, “It was good to be out on the moors with great company, experiencing the environment where the HVMRT work throughout the year helping those in difficult situations.”

Hannah continued, “If we didn’t have Owen, Wayne and Seamus to guide us we would definitely have gotten lost! We are all so proud of our achievement to support such a worthy cause and the work they do.”

The ABS team raised almost £3,000 for HVMRT and without the support of ABS colleagues and the wider business community it wouldn’t have been possible.

Our next fundraising event will be in 2019 to celebrate ABS’ 30th birthday so watch this space for more information.


To check out what other projects the ABS team are involved in, visit our Foundation page by clicking here.