Many many belated thanks from April to all the lovely people who supported us at the Farmers Market in Egremont, where we provided refreshments, and our Open Day at our base the following day.
Both events were a great success, the Farmers Market raising £450.06, and the Open Day £826.05. This came as a welcome surprise as it wasn’t intended as a fund-raising day, but as an opportunity for people to come and see what we do and a thank-you for their support over the years. This was our first Open Day since moving into the base several years ago, our first attempt had to be cancelled at short notice because of Covid.
People were able to chat to our team members to find out more about what we do, look at and try out some of our equipment, practise bandaging, meet Frank, our skeleton and Wazzie our full sized mannequin which we use for our casualty care training, look at drones, meet Jess our search dog and watch a little demonstration with her finding a “dogsbody”.
Thanks must also go to Garry from the Mountain Weather Information Service, who informed and educated with some brilliant graphics, to Piers who talked about the bees we offer a home to on his behalf and to the West Cumberland Orienteering Club, for helping us with a short navigation course.
We also received a cheque for £500 and a further donation of £510 from the family of the late David Mullen of Whitehaven, who was a keen walker and climber for many years. Our thanks to them for their kindness.