SCARBOROUGH & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team is appealing for funding after the cancellation of fundraising activities due to the coronavirus.

The team rely solely on donations and sponsorship to continue helping the community and responding to incidents.

There are currently 50 volunteer team members - including doctors, paramedics, nurses and people with hillwalking and climbing experience – who offer their time for free.

Chairman Jon Bateman said: “We are still fully operational - ready and prepared to help all those injured or in distress throughout our area.

“However, our operational costs don’t stop and we have had to halt all our core fundraising activities.

“Forward planning means we can stay operational for the time being, but the financial hit of this period to the team cannot be underestimated.

“We will need to work extremely hard from now and over the next year or more to ensure the team can continue to be operational and we can continue to maintain and grow our essential search and rescue capabilities.

“If you can spare some money in these challenging times, you can make sure our team is always there when we are needed – so please give, if you can.”

To donate to the team, visit