A SEARCH and rescue canine coach was shocked with the presentation of an Unsung Hero award throughout a go to to the crew’s base by the Excessive Sherriff of Cornwall final week.
Kate Holborow DL,was welcomed to the West Cornwall Search and Rescue crew’s base in United Downs final Friday for a socially distanced tour carried out by a small group of call-out members, trustees and assist crew members.
In addition to the tour of the bottom, the Excessive Sheriff of Cornwall made a shock presentation to crew member Matt Stone, with the Unsung Hero Award for Companies to the Neighborhood.
Matt, in addition to being a call-out member within the crew since 2018, is a professional Swift Water Rescue Technician and Cas-Carer. He has additionally been volunteering as a dogsbody with Mountain Rescue Search Canine England for the previous few years, and is presently on the journey to coach an air-scented search canine (Merryn).
He repeatedly travels lots of of miles to work alongside different search canine handlers throughout the area, serving to to develop his, and Merryn’s skill-set and data.
Chairman, Andy Brelsford mentioned, ‘Matt is a really busy man with a brand new child and his personal design enterprise to occupy his time. Nevertheless, he nonetheless manages to seek out area to volunteer and, in addition to being an energetic call-out member with our crew, he might be additionally discovered educating the following technology of lifeguards at his native Surf Lifesaving Membership and serving to the NHS as a Neighborhood First Responder, on prime of different volunteering roles in the neighborhood.
‘Matt additionally has a key position behind the scenes. He’s our PR lead, managing our social media and placing hours of his personal money and time into designing the appear and feel of the crew branding.’
The Excessive Sheriff of Cornwall mentioned, ‘It was a privilege to go to West Cornwall Search & Rescue Workforce as we speak and meet a number of the crew, together with one of many latest members Merryn, an air-scented rescue canine presently one 12 months into her very rigorous coaching.
‘I used to be delighted to current an Unsung Hero Award to Merryn’s trainee Search Canine Handler. In addition to giving up his time as a member of the crew, he’s dedicating quite a few hours and private expense to Merryn’s coaching, typically travelling across the nation for specialist coaching weekends. Thanks Matt.
‘Like its sister within the east, West Cornwall Search & Rescue is an impartial charity which depends on fund elevating to maintain supply of its superior service.‘
Unsung Hero, Matt, mentioned: ‘It’s an honor to obtain this prestigious award from the Excessive Sheriff of Cornwall. However it’s a actual crew effort, and I acquire it on behalf of everybody concerned in West Cornwall Search & Rescue Workforce, in addition to all of these from Mountain Rescue Search Canine England, SWAST, Surf Life Saving Nice Britain, the RNLI and the opposite organisations and charities that I’m grateful to be related to.’