Finally – you can sponsor me

June 15, 2011

After an age of deliberation, which has left me with the clear impression that no community organisation ever answers an email (ever), I have chosen a beneficiary of the sponsorship raised by my efforts. I have decided to donate any sponsorship received to the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association and have set up a page at for that purpose.

Mountain Rescue helicopter

Mountain Rescue helicopter in front of Gimmer Crag, Langdale (Loft Crag summit at top of picture)

The LDSMRA serve as the umbrella organisation for all local fell rescue services in the Lakes, which are as follows:

  • Cockermouth
  • Coniston
  • Duddon and Furness
  • Kendal
  • Keswick
  • Kirkby Stephen
  • Langdale and Ambleside
  • Patterdale
  • Penrith
  • and Wasdale.

They also encompass SARDA, the association which looks after Search and Rescue Dogs. LDRMSA distribute all received donations equally to each of these separate associations, so by donating to them you are donating to all.

Mountain Rescue teams perform an absolutely essential service, and may be called upon in all weathers and seasons to help people who have got into difficulty upon the fells. Many lives have been saved by their actions – and all by volunteers, with a service propped up exclusively by donations and grants. Without people like these, none of us would be able to enjoy the fells as safely or with such peace of mind. They all deserve our support. I am doing my bit by this fundraising effort, small though it is.

There is no hurry: I have at least another 18 months’ worth of walking to do yet, I reckon. But my sponsorship target is reasonably substantial (£2,500) and it all starts now. Please support me! Remember; donate at, which is entirely secure. UK taxpayers, please also remember to ‘Gift Aid’ your donation. Thank you.

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