Hello to the whole team at Keswick.
I do not know where to begin in trying to thank you all for your amazing help, support, comfort and care in looking after myself and the rest of our group when I fell about 50ft in the ‘usual gully’ on Sharp Edge. The professionalism throughout, reassurance for all of us and dedication to making sure we were safe and being looked after is beyond any words I can post here.
The weather was horrendous and even where I lay was making the rescue very difficult, even for the helicopters to get there. This was never shown by anyone though, as you were making sure I was being treated, my friends were okay and we were all going to leave the mountain side without any problems. Even when I was being transported down the mountain side in the stretcher, volunteers were prepared to stand either side of it, whom I had never met to say “you’ll be okay Gareth, you’ll soon be down and getting some rest” …and this was giving me so much strength to know I was okay. The helicopter was saying “5 minutes or we cannot take off” but still your team was determined this would not hinder my rescue and I would be away and at hopsital as soon as possible.
My friends were escorted back to their cars safely so they could go home and I was able to ring them later to say we were all okay. I will be forever eternally grateful for the rest of my life to all of you and the fantastic help you gave all of us that day. I have no broken bones, no major injuries at all and just cuts and bruises which will heal and this is a miracle. It is also down to the excellent treatment I received in very difficult conditions from your team. So thank you, thank you, thank you from all of my heart, now and forever.