We have teamed up with the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team to bring some Christmas joy to Kirklees

Our annual charity Christmas film is sure to bring tears of laughter to local people’s eyes as we follow Santa’s journey to save Christmas.

The video aims to raise money for this year’s Mayor’s charity HVMRT, and its volunteers have a starring role in the festive film.

Christmas Film 2021

Father Christmas cannot complete his mission without the help of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) and a range of council workers.

What does the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team do?

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) has over 50 members who are on call to assist those in difficulty. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. Plus a similar number who are non-qualified trainees, helpers, and support members.

Although the team’s primary role is to search and rescue, the specialist equipment and skill set are frequently deployed elsewhere on incidents. They’re often called to assist missing person searches, particularly involving the elderly, vulnerable, and children. The team is also regularly called in by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with casualties in remote or difficult to access areas.

Most recently they have been deployed to assist with severe weather conditions. Snow, heavy rain, poor visibility, and severe flooding are all scenarios where the specific skills and equipment of Mountain Rescue teams can be brought to bear.

Donate to the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

The team relies almost totally on donations received by the public. Volunteers are all unpaid workers and must acquire equipment and funding through charitable donations. Donations are used to replace rescue equipment, supplies, utilities, fuel, maintenance of rescue vehicles, and training.

If you would like to help the HVMRT volunteers to keep up their great work, you can donate now and all year round.

Donate to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Thank you HVMRT

We would like to thank the HVMRT volunteers for the amazing work you do all year round. We would specifically like to thank the volunteers who assisted us with our filming and took part in this year’s giving a very theatrical performance.

Thank you to those who took part in the film

We are very grateful for the participation and amazing commitment to everyone who took part in the film and supported its creation.

We would like to thank the Narrator Eorl Crabtree now a veteran at this kind of thing. Father Christmas played by Colin Atkinson father of Katy Atkinson Senior Comms Officer, who appeared in the film with her daughter Alexandra.

Paul Best and Sean Caton at AlfaTech MOT and Testing Centre.

Latisha and Halima Mahmood, and Orange Design Studio for allowing us to use their lovely premises in Mirfield.

We would like to give a special thanks to Kirklees staff at Vine Street Cleansing in particular ‘Bandy’, Jean, John, Joe, and Louise at Mirfield Library, Heinz and Ben for providing us with the gritter.

Selena Schofield and her team at Mill Dale Respite Centre – we are particularly grateful to the jolly carol singers.

Mrs. Shaw at Norristhorpe Infant, and Junior School for allowing us to visit. Also, Lorraine and her catering staff team for welcoming us into the school kitchen.

Thank you to Filmographer, Tobias Longmate for the fantastic scriptwriting, and his filming and editing skills. Along with Senior Comms Officer Katy Atkinson for being his wingman organising casting and location shooting whilst supplying Father Christmas with Mince Pies.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year