Fundraising in memory of Chris Brown

Members of the team were delighted and humbled to meet up once more with Allan and Marie Brown. The Brown family and friends have been huge supporters of the team since they tragically lost their son Chris to a fall on Scafell Pike in 2019 and we helped to recover him from the fell. They brought along the latest amazing donation from their fundraising this time – well over £1500. This was raised from a Read more…

Fundraising in Egremont and Whitehaven

Some of our members were out and about in Whitehaven & Egremont today fundraising for the team. It was great to meet you all on our annual flag day and, as always we appreciate your support! A fantastic £2,162.26 was raised in total. Thanks to the Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships Committee who managed to persuade Santa to stop by too!! 🎅

Winter Team Training

Last Monday’s training covered putting on snow chains ready for winter. This weekend’s weather proved their use as several mountain teams had vehicles out in snow. Also we tested out our new wheel from Lyon Equipment to good effect!

50 years outstanding service to mountain rescue for John Noake

This year has seen a significant milestone with John Noake achieving 50 years of service in the Wasdale team. This is a huge achievement and congratulations must go to him for his efforts over that time. Next year will see Sue Noake reach that milestone too and both have said that they would like to celebrate the event jointly next summer. Team treasurer John Noake is pictured receiving his framed certificate from team chair John Read more…

Brown Family Fundraising

On Saturday 13th of November the Brown family organised a fundraising event in aid of the team and in memory of Chris Brown. It was a snooker, pool and darts competition with evening entertainment and a raffle at Brigham and district social club. The fantastic sum of £1,506.30 was raised. Well done to everyone involved!

Mallin Family Donation

Four siblings jointly donated £4,000 recently from their father’s estate. James Mallin was a keen fell walker all his life, from the age of 14 until well into his 90s and donated to mountain rescue regularly. Here is a picture of James and one of his daughters handing over the cheque. Thank you to the Mallin family for thinking of us!

BBC’s Close Calls: On Camera with Nick Knowles

One of the team’s more interesting rescues of the year was aired recently on BBC’s Close Calls: On Camera with Nick Knowles. It included the normal foot power and team vehicles, but also the team boat and a Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter. All motive power worked in perfect harmony to access, treat and evacuate a casualty on the Wasdale Screes. The lady had broken her ankle badly and was in severe pain and Read more…

Jon Ryley’s 2,000 miler

Team Members were delighted to meet Jon Ryley and his friends at the weekend at Base. Jon has been raising money for the team during 2020 and 2021. We are very grateful for his support, and congratulate him on his achievement. Jon said: “A proud and defining moment having reached the top of Scafell Pike having walked over 2000 miles and raised over £3700 for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, who provide search and rescue cover Read more…

The 12 mountain rescue teams in Cumbria given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The 12 mountain rescue teams in Cumbria were jointly nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) by Superintendent Matthew Kennerley in 2019. QAVS is the MBE equivalent for an organisation rather than an individual. It was in April 2020 when the teams were notified that they had been successful and began using the coveted QAVS Logo on all communications. However, due to the pandemic it was only in September 2021 that the opportunity Read more…

Thanks to Jacob’s Field Solutions behavioural safety scheme

As part of Jacob’s Field Solutions behavioural safety scheme, one of their employees raised a safety observation. This was chosen as the best that month and as a result a cheque for £100 was donated to a charity of his choice. In September he chose Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. Here is photo of Jacob’s Field Solutions HSE Manager, Bernard Burns handing over the cheque to team member Mike Smith. Thanks for the support!

Probationary Members Training

In August, this year’s probationary team members are around half way through their 12 months of training and we have already started our campaign to recruit next years probationers. The closing date for applications is the 31st August. If this is something you might be interested in then please have a look on our website for the full details. http://www.wmrt.org.uk From the menu go to Join our team. For further information or to arrange a visit Read more…

Thanks to E.S.K.K. Martial Arts & Fitness

A local Whitehaven based karate club kindly donated £300 to us on Thursday the 8th of July. Each year E.S.K.K. Martial Arts & Fitness donates to local charities as part of their community fund. The photo shows Neil Carrick from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team receiving the cheque from Chris Denwood, Jenny Denwood-Ling and Dave Forsythe. We would like to thank them for their kind donation.

Rescue on Great Gable – Arrow Head Gulley

A nine hour rescue for the Wasdale team running from one day into early morning the next. Two walkers on Great Napes, Great Gable in Wasdale – luckily they decided to hold their position above a considerable drop in Arrow Head Gulley. A very slippery and loose area with rock falls a real risk for both rescuers and casualties. Here is a video of the rescue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54vFPnVpbS4

“Walk 100 miles in May” Challenge

The team would like to congratulate Marie & Bethany Brown on completing their “Walk 100 miles in May” challenge, and thank them enormously for raising money for our team through their Just Giving pages. Between them they raised an amazing £2,295 👏👏 with all money raised in memory of Chris Brown. We love this photo of them both along with Marie’s dog Seb, who accompanied them on their walking.

Thanks to the Co-op local community fund

A huge thank you to all customers who have nominated our team as their good cause as part of the Co-op local community fund. In March 2021 we received our first payment of £2,308. The community fund runs for a full year up to October, so there is still time to nominate us as your good cause if you do shop at Co-op. At the moment there is over £6,000 un-allocated to a cause in Read more…