In case of emergency, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Police


    Please donate, your support is vital

    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, such as Exeter and Torbay, across the county of Devon. Mountain Rescue teams are so much more than just mountains.

    What would happen without us?

    Without search and 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 as there just isn't the resources in the emergency services to deploy to search incidents.

    How much does it cost to keep our team of volunteers operational?

    Its costs over  £28,000 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.


    How Do I Donate?

    You can support search and rescue and helping those in need by donating to the team in the following ways:

    Please also don’t forget to claim Gift Aid on your donation. 

    Gift Aid Certificate if claiming as an individual:  Click on following link > Gift Aid Certificate

    Gift Aid form for claiming as a group: Click on following link >  Gift Aid Form for Groups

    Please make sure you fill in all fields as HMRC require all the fields completed to allow us to reclaim the tax. Thank you!



    By donating online

    You can send a one off payment or set-up  a regular donation.


    By setting up your own fundraising page

    Are you planning on taking part in an event like the London Marathon or your own sponsored challenge? Then you can set up your own fundraising page to promote your event and make donating easier.


    By Text message from a mobile phone


    Donating to us has never been easier.

    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

    DART02 £10

    You can even make your donation go further by following the instructions in the acknowledgement text to add gift aid to your donation.


    By cheque

    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 shopping

    Shop with Amazon!

    Amazon will make a donation to us at no extra costs to you. It's really simple to register with the 'Amazon Smile' scheme, just click on the following link.


    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 of our Landrover to register or find out more.

    Raise money for charity just by shopping with Amazon at no cost to you.

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    Serving the Devon community

    This short video gives an overview of what the unpaid volunteers in over 50 teams across England and Wales.

    Fundraise for us?

    Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton relies on the public for around 92% of its funding each year. Please consider making a donation or arranging a fundraising event as you can make a real difference. Thank you.

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