The LDSARMA is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria and is a registered charity solely funded by voluntary contributions.
Over the last few years the LDSARMA have recovered climbers from precipitous crags, reunited lost walkers with their friends and ensured injured and sick casualties have been treated and transported into vital hospital care. They have also searched for and found missing children and vulnerable adults, on and off the hills. They have searched river banks and swift water, aiding swimmers as well as rescuing great number of dogs, cows, sheep and any number of other animals, from all manner of inaccessible places.
The LDSARMA do all of this whilst continuing to practise and hone their skills in first aid and casualty care, technical rope work, water rescue, search management, maintaining their bases, equipment and vehicles.
It costs a tremendous amount to fund a mountain rescue team – one vehicle alone costs upwards of £35,000. But there is also a very large overhead in the running and replacement costs for items such as rope, which must be replaced after a given time, even if they have not been used.
The donation will be equally distributed to its 12 member teams and will go towards helping the financial security of the Mountain Rescue Teams.