For those in a hurry… 

You could help us to continue to provide a free 24 hour emergency service in several ways:

  • Donate on-line.  You could Donation on line.  All your donation and gift aid, if appropriate, will be passed to us except for a small amount to cover the card charge (much smaller for a debit card).  You can remain anonymous if you wish or we will acknowledge your donation and send our latest newsletter.   We will not retain your detail on any database and any contact will always be individually considered.
  • Text a donation.   You could text a donation by texting "DFMR33 £.." to 70070 giving the amount you wish to donate in pounds.   We will receive 100% of your donation. 
  • Send a Donation.  You could send us a one-off donation using the Donation Form at the bottom of the page.
  • Become a Supporter.  You could become a supporter, by using the Donation Form at the bottom of the page   This will enable you to establish a more personal link to the team and receive our annual  newsletter with occasional associated information and display items.  This avenue also enables you to be more active in your support, should you wish, either by helping out on occasional fundraising activities for perhaps a few hours once a year, or by taking one of our attractive ‘Every Penny Counts’ collecting boxes (pictured below). 
  • Raise money through on-line activity.  You could sign up to support us through ‘Everyclick’ overseen by The Charities Trust.  They provide 2 facilities both at no cost to you but considerable gain to DFMRT if enough people sign up.   Our first user raised an income of £225 in 18 months at no cost to themselves.  The 2 initiatives are as follows:
    1.  The ‘everyclick’ on line search engine based on Yahoo which gives us 0.1p per search.  To register log on to:
    Register with your name, age, e-mail address and who you want to support (DFMRT).
    This should lead you to the everyclick search box with a list of our recent income.  There is a link in this box to set this as your home page to save logging in each time, or you could save the link as a ‘favourite’.  Then carry on searching.
    2.  The everyclick ‘Give as you Live’ link which allows you to shop on-line at most major retailers (Amazon, B&Q, John Lewis, M&S etc) with the retailer giving 1-2% of your shopping bill to DFMRT at no cost to you.   With the growth of on-line shopping this could prove quite lucrative.  However, you have to install a programme that could record all your Internet activity in order to track the spending. The site assures that nothing will be done with this information and that it will not be passed on to third parties. You will have to decide whether you are happy with this.
    To register, either - if you have registered for everyclick searching above, click on the  ‘Give as you Live’ link; or - if you aren’t going to register for searching, log onto and sign on in the same way. You will be asked to confirm you want to support DFMRT and then get shopping.
  • Leaving a Legacy. If you are in a position to remember The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team in your Will the link on the paragraph title describes the various ways of doing this.  Such a gift will be exempt of inheritance tax but it may be worth considering that if you pay income or capital gains tax a donation during your life will could attract a further 25% gift aid.  

We can assure you that you will not be added to any processable database and any future contact will always be carefully considered.   Our data protection procedures, and standing order and gift aid mandates are on the linked 'Donation Form' below.


For those wishing for further details……..

The services of a mountain rescue team in the UK are free to the recipient.  However it costs about £35,000 a year to run our team, with additional funding needed for large capital expenditure such as a new ambulance.  Unlike most other emergency services, mountain rescue is a completely voluntary service with each team being a separate charity responsible for its own funding.  

Our relationship with the local community and those potentially needing our support, which can be anywhere out of reach to the normal ambulance service, is excellent.  We take pride in the service we provide - and it has to be said some enjoyment from the hill-going ventures - as well as an appreciation of a strong bond of teamwork and camaraderie.  In return we receive support from many individuals and organisations.   However there is little room for complacency and fundraising remains an on-going task.

Our members are all volunteers.  They receive no expenses for any activity within our large area but are provided with some items of all-weather clothing and personal protection equipment.  Training is given a high priority.  The team’s annual programme includes some 15 full days, 19 evenings and 5 short evening sessions.  The commitment of all members is therefore extensive particularly when individual courses, fundraising and administration is added.  So the assistance given by supporters on fundraising is a real bonus. 

The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team Supporters were launched in January 2007 for individuals, families and organisations with an interest in the mountains and our part in the provision of free emergency cover.   They have steadily grown and now provides a significant part of our funding needs.   We rely on a great many small donations for our normal running costs with the occasional legacy or grant from our parent organisations towards the larger capital projects.

Other fundraising initiatives include:

  • Marshalling adventure-type events – such as the Keswick to Barrow Walk, the Fred Whitton Cycle Challenge and the Coast to Coast Cycle challenge.
  • Car park management for local car rallies.
  • Street and supermarket collections.
  • Attendance at local galas, carnivals, schools etc, and talks to local organisations.
  • Collecting boxes in shops, garages and pubs throughout our area.


The above not only help with fundraising but heighten public awareness of our role and measures that people should take to improve their personal safety on the fells.  

Any support you can give us is much appreciated and will allow us to continue to provide the professional service which we believe our reputation confirms.

download Donation Form (including standing order mandate, gift aid declaration and data protection policy)


Martin Cooper

DFMRT Fundraising Officer
Martin Cooper

Hamilton Grove
Oubas Hill
LA12 7LB

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