09th June 2011


Giants support Dr Emma Kirke and Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team

Foster Care

When Huddersfield based Consultant Osteomyologist, Dr Emma Kirke, chose to give her support to a local Mountain Rescue Team, she could not know that her idea would grow way beyond her initial expectations. Life long rugby fan Emma, whose brother, Ian plays for Leeds Rhinos, sponsors Huddersfield Giants’ half back Danny Brough, she approached Danny to get involved and he was only too happy to join in. Danny generously gave Emma one of his shirts which could be sold at auction for the benefit of Hade Edge based Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

The shirt was just the start… the Huddersfield Giants have since come forward with a number of items to be auctioned at The Star Inn, Fenay Bridge, on June 16th.

Giant’s commercial manager Paul Cribb said:

‘Huddersfield Giants has recently been looking at supporting local charities. Emma’s enthusiasm combined with recent newspaper and TV reports drew our attention to Woodhead Mountain Rescue and provided us with this opportunity to help out. It’s a pleasure to be of service to those that selflessly serve others.’

It didn’t stop there; Emma even managed to secure 2 tickets to the British Super bikes championships Oulton Park on July 17th; in fact the scale of giving has been tremendous.

Emma said ‘To me mountain rescue are Heroes and I am sure that the people they help feel the same way too. They give a lot of themselves in so many ways. I’m sure it doesn’t seem so big to them but I admire all that they do, and just wanted to try help a bit’ She went on to add ‘I am really excited about this evening and have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm it has received plus the generosity of others. I have not had to push for anything, people just wanted to give. It is fabulous.

Peak District Brewers, Bradfield Brewery have donated a barrel of their very popular Farmers Pale Ale specially rebranded as ‘Rescue Ale’ with the proceeds going to the team, the 5% ABV tipple always goes down well!

Woodhead Team Chairman John Howe, echoed Emma comments and said ‘I am touched by the enthusiasm and generosity of people for this project; it’s overwhelming. I would like to say a very big thank you to Emma, the Huddersfield Giants, Danny Brough, Sarah Lyon licensee of The Star, Aura Print UK and everyone else who is working tirelessly to make this night a huge success. Let’s hope this is the start of a very good partnership between Huddersfield Giants and Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.’

The Auction takes place at the Star Inn, Thursday 16th June, Fenay Bridge at 7pm. It is tickets only event and the tickets cost £5 (including Pie & Peas) are on sale now, and are obtainable from the following locations: The Star Inn, Fenay Bridge; Total Fitness, Waterloo; Blackburns Outdoors, Moldgreen; Emma Kirke at The Treatment Suite, Total Fitness, and Waterloo.

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Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team has covered the hills and moons around Southern Huddersfield and Woodhead Pass as well as the North Eastern Peak District and West & South Yorkshire since 1964. All 40 members are proud volunteers from local towns and villages, and all walks of life on call 24/7/365. Funded entirely by public donation and staffed by volunteers the team’s role is ever changing and now is literally ‘So much more than Mountains!’

Woodhead played a major role in after math of the Lockerbie air disaster, The Kegworth Air Crash, and gave vital support to the people of South Yorkshire during the floods in 2007 which saw the team evacuate residents from Catcliffe, Middlewood, Rotherham and Sheffield. More recently the team was commended by South Yorkshire Police for its actions during the heavy snow in December 2010 when the villages surrounding the A57 near Workshop became cut off for the 3 days.

Heikki Kovalainen




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