Mountain Rescue Team fundraising for permanent base


March 2024

Mountain Rescue Team fundraising for permanent base

Our Official Charity Partner, Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue are fundraising for a permanent base to continue their vital rescue service in the Lake District.

Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue are a voluntary organisation covering approximately 655km² of land inaccessible to the Ambulance Service. The dedicated team of volunteers help hill-goers in need round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are a charity entirely funded by donations, and are currently fundraising for a more permanent base. A more permanent base would provide a better space for storing and drying kit, warm areas for training and welfare, and the ability to conduct multi-agency/team incidents.

The work of the Mountain Rescue unit includes:

  • Search and Rescue in mountainous terrain
  • Casualty Care and evacuation
  • Searching for lost persons in non-hill environment
  • Crag/steep ground rescue
  • Supporting other 999 services and Mountain Rescue Teams
  • Ambulance support in winter conditions
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Flood Assistance

The current team consists of 35 individuals, many of whom have backgrounds in vital skills, such as doctors, teachers, engineers and outdoor instructors. With an average of 42 callouts each year, the team work hard to provide a vital rescue service, while having inadequate space for training, storage and equipment.

To find out more about the MRT, visit their website and consider donating to help support the charity. You can also check out what the Mountain Rescue unit are up to on Facebook.

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