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Virtual Rescue Day - marking the work of our 999 and voluntary services

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

After the coronavirus pandemic caused this year’s popular Rescue Day to be cancelled, organisers marked the day online instead looking back at previous years of the event. Saturday 11th July saw the Rescue Day social media accounts come alive with videos and pictures of the best bits of the last few years.

The team behind Rescue Day, the annual 999 day held at 7 Lakes Country Park in Crowle, North Lincolnshire, didn’t want the day to pass without remembering some of the fantastic fun and action which takes place. The hugely popular day promotes the great work of our emergency and voluntary services and attracts crowds in the tens of thousands. 999 vehicles and crews including Police, fire, ambulance, water rescue, air ambulance, search and rescue, rail and highways rescue and recovery teams and many more, normally all come together to show the public what they do through a series of live action displays.

Chris Long, Chair of the Rescue Day Society, said: “Like many thousands of events across the country Rescue Day cannot take place this year, however we wanted to still celebrate the great work of our emergency services and voluntary organisations by having a virtual Rescue Day looking back at some of the action packed scenarios and fun that has taken place over recent years. Many of the volunteers who make Rescue Day happen are emergency service staff or key-workers themselves and therefore have been working hard over the last few months, for which I want to pass on my sincere thanks.” Date Set for Rescue Day 2021 Chris went on to say: “I know the many thousands of visitors who attend Rescue Day with their families will sadly be missing the day this year, but hopefully they will enjoy the range of videos and content we will be sharing online. I’m sure everyone will be pleased to know that we have already set a date for Rescue Day 2021 as Saturday 10th July and we hope that we will be able to return for another live action packed day in Crowle.”

Rescue Day raises money for charities and good causes and has funded many lifesaving public defibrillators which have been placed in local communities over recent years. Last year donations were also presented to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, the Scunthorpe Sea Cadets, plus volunteer rescue teams including York Rescue Boat, Humber Rescue and International Rescue Corps. Donations were also given to the popular Pete Lewin Newfoundland rescue and support dogs organisation and to the volunteer animal rescuers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Further donations to good causes were announced online on Saturday 11th July.

If you missed the great range of videos and photo montages from Virtual Rescue Day, see our Facebook or our channel on Youtube.

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