Seascale Beaver Scouts Visit

Seascale Beaver Scouts have been waiting for 2 years to come and visit the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team’s headquarters at Gosforth due to the strict Covid restrictions in the team. It was therefore great to be able to extend a June invitation this year for them all to come along to the base with their leader Willow, their scout sub-leaders and parents. It was very touching to be presented with a basket of gifts and Read more…

Charity Tournament Fundraiser

On Monday 13th June, an incredibly generous cheque for £800 was presented to the team by Mr Bob Smith and his grandson Dexter. Bob organised a charity tournament for the Egremont Pool League in May and raised a huge amount of money which he divided between several emergency services. We’re extremely grateful to Bob, all those red-hot pool players (including Dexter) and those who supported them on our behalf.

Mountain Rescue volunteers awarded Jubilee Medal

Over 1700 Mountain Rescue volunteers are honoured to be recognised and included among the frontline emergency, armed forces and prison service workers across the UK who are recipients of today’s Jubilee Medal in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Congratulations to Her Majesty from everyone involved in Mountain Rescue on an unprecedented 70 years of service.

A sad farewell to Pete Baines

The team said a sad farewell to a stalwart of the team since February 1980. Pete Baines sadly passed away peacefully at home after a long illness earlier this month, and his funeral was held yesterday in Nether Wasdale. In his time, he has been Quartermaster, Buildings Officer, committee member, Trustee, and latterly Duty Team Leader. He was also a skilled and experienced Casualty Carer, providing first aid on the fell. He regularly took on Read more…

Congratulations to the ‘Class of 21’

Huge congratulations to our ‘Class of ‘21’ probationary members who successfully completed a mock callout this morning as their last training exercise. Following a great morning on the fell in the sunshine in Mosedale they returned to base for a richly deserved buffet. They are now full team members. Joining them on the training exercise was the ‘Class of ‘22’ who have also now transitioned to become fell-going probationary members. Rather predictably they did not Read more…

Thanks to Drigg Gala

Last Friday, Fiona Roberts and Terry Wake presented a cheque to the team on behalf of Drigg and Carleton Gala.  It’s a popular community event which they have run every year until the pandemic took hold. The cheque was for £100 collected in 2018 so the presentation has been much delayed, but no less welcome for the wait. Thanks for the support and we will be at this year’s event on Saturday 11 June. You Read more…

Stretcher Training

Monday’s team training was a practical exercise. We removed a stretcher from a tricky position at the base of a crag, then transferred onto the stretcher wheel when we reached easier ground below. These are core skills for us and it is good to train with a few rucksacks so we are well drilled for the real emergencies.

Winter Training

The team have just enjoyed an excellent long weekend in the Scottish Highlands carrying out Winter skills training. The course was attended by both experienced team members and probationary members. Despite some challenging Scottish winter conditions, lots of new skills were acquired and existing skills refreshed and improved. A great time was had by all. A big thanks to Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team who helped to cover the patch whilst many of the Read more…

2022 Probationer Intake

Last week we were delighted to welcome our new probationary intake at their first full team training session. We walked through a callout in ‘slow time’ from the initial 999 call to the debrief and restocking of vehicles. We wish them all the best and thank them in advance for their commitment to the team.

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!