29 July 2016 - Ambulance Service Gives Special Recognition to Mountain Rescue Volunteer

Garry RhodesProud Bolton man, Garry Rhodes MBE, 58, has received special recognition from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) for his 35 years’ contribution to saving lives as part of voluntary work for Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).


Garry, who joined the volunteer group in 1974 was commended by the Trust in a ceremony during their annual Greater Manchester Long Service Awards which took place last month at The Village Hotel, Bury celebrating the achievements of colleagues who have dedicated over 20 years to the Service. 


During his time in the Mountain Rescue Team, keen explorer, Garry has been involved in over 2,200 incidents and call-outs and has spent 27 years as Team Leader resulting in him receiving numerous medals and awards including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Voluntary Services and in 2008 was made a Member of the British Empire for services to mountain rescue.


Chief Executive of NWAS, Derek Cartwright, said: “Many of our patients owe Garry and his team a great deal – without their rescue, there are people who wouldn’t have had such positive outcomes and I know I speak for all of those and our staff when I say thank you!


“To give up so much time over the years to help others is truly commendable and we felt it only right to give Garry special recognition at our Long Service Awards as he passes on the leadership role for a well-earned rest.”


Although Garry has taken a step back from his Team Leader role within the Bolton MRT, he still actively volunteers for them offering his support and expertise.


Garry comments: “This recognition came as a complete surprise to me and I feel humbled that NWAS very kindly recognised my voluntary service in this manner, particularly as such a wonderful event.


 “To attend the ceremony in the presence of my partner Ann, as a special guest and to then be presented with the recognition award was a great and very special honour for me, especially in front of such an esteemed audience of NWAS staff and invited guests.


“I shall treasure the memory of this special day for many years to come.”


The help and commitment of volunteers plays a very important role in the ambulance service as it works with a number of voluntary groups and also recruits volunteers to help patients in their local community.


More information on how to volunteer for NWAS can be found at www.nwascareers.com