It took many years for me to realise how much the families who supported us on Mountain Rescue give to us. When I joined the RAF Mountain Rescue in 1972 the commitment was three weekends a month. The weekend started after work on Friday night we left at 1800 and were away till Sunday night sometimes very late home. Looking back it was crazy there were no mobile phones and few telephones in the remote areas to stay in touch with families and loved ones. How did families cope especially those with young families. How selfish were we?
Things did change we had Christmas parties for the kids at RAF Valley in North Wales in the late 70’s. Then later on we would have a families weekend annually where we got the families, partners to a Base Camp.
I remember in Aviemore getting a call out and I was left with all the families whilst the troops went on the hill.
We will never repay the support we were given and even today take this for granted. The families and partners are the real heroes of all our voluntary agencies!