Steve Hilditch, who recently stepped down as team leader of Derby MRT after 34 years in the role, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List.
Steve has been a team member for over 46 years and after spending 34 years of that as team leader, continues to serve as a Deputy Team Leader after stepping down in March of this year from the principal role.
Steve has been given this award in recognition of his dedication and service over many, many years not just to Derby MRT but to the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and to national mountain rescue in general. Steve’s leadership and vision has led to the team becoming the much respected voluntary emergency service of today.
Aside from mountain rescue, Steve has also been very heavily involved with the Scouting movement in Derbyshire and held many key positions over the his 44 years of service, having only recently stepped down as the County Advisor of Hill-Walking and Climbing in the region, responsible for the training and assessment of all instructors in these areas. As such, Steve was honoured before Christmas by being awarded the Silver Wolf, the highest award in Scouting, which is presented for services of the most exceptional character and is an honour that can only be awarded by the Chief Scout, a position currently held by TV presenter Bear Grylls.
Steve has also been recognised for his service to many other charitable organisations that he has been involved with over the years.
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