We rely on public and business support.
As a volunteer search and rescue team, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton relies on public and business donations for over 90% of its funding. The team doesn’t just rescue lost or injured walkers on Dartmoor, but is increasingly used by the Police and other emergency services to assist in many different types of incident across Devon and sometimes further afield.
In these days of austerity, Devon and Cornwall Police, South West Ambulance Service and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service don’t have the manpower or resources to deploy to all incidents that require specialist resources. Hence volunteer search and rescue teams are used increasingly in missing person enquiries, flooding incidents and injuries in remote areas to complement the full-time emergency services. We equip and train our members to cover land and water incidents and are on call 24/7 to respond where ever we are needed. Over time, along side other mountain rescue teams across the country, we find we are being called more regularly and typically deploy over 30 times a year primarily across Dartmoor as well as rural and urban areas across the county of Devon. Mountain Rescue teams are so much more than just mountains.
What would happen without us?
Without rescue teams such as Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, vulnerable people such as children, despondents, dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers; outdoor enthusiasts such as kayakers, paddlers, climbers, walkers and cyclists; and everyday walkers would be at much greater risk.
How much does it cost to keep our team of volunteers operational?
Its costs over £15,000 a year to run the team and we rely on public generosity to survive. We are very good value for money with our volunteers purchasing their own equipment and, on average, devoting 5 hours a week training, fundraising and attending callouts to those in need. We are always grateful to the public and organisations for their support. If you would like to talk to us about any fundraising ideas or donations you can email the Fundraising Officer via the form on the Contact page.
Please also don’t forget to claim Gift Aid on your donation. A gift aid form is at the bottom of this page.
You can also donate to the team in the following ways:
By donating online
You can send a one off payment or set-up a regular donation.
By setting up your own fundraising page
By Text message from a mobile phone
Just like Comic Relief, you can now donate to us using a simple text message from your mobile phone.
Send a text to 70070 with the message DART02 followed by the amount you wish to donate either £1 / £2 / £3 / £5 / £10.
For example to donate £10, just text 70070 with the message
You can even make your donation go further by following the instructions in the acknowledgement text to add gift aid to your donation.
Send a cheque to the team made payable to “DSRT Ashburton” Use the Contact Form on the Contacts Page to contact us and we will forward the address to send it too.
By registering and shopping with GiveAsYouLive you can earn money for the team just by shopping online at no extra cost to you at all! Thousands of stores have signed up including B&Q, WH Smith, Amazon, Boots, Argos, Scottish Power, the list goes on. You can click on the image below to register or watch a video to show you what’s involved before registering.
Your support is always welcome and critical to us providing the vital life saving service we do to the people of Devon.