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    Callouts 2014

    From hairy hands to pillow mounds and parliaments; we had them all at our third sell-out Dartmoor in the Dark guided walk on Saturday. After two really successful 'Dartmoor in the Dark' night walks at Haytor and Hound Tor, we changed venues at the weekend to Two Bridges leading five groups of walkers out to Wistman's Wood for a slightly spookier walk complete with several 'stories' told at designated stopping points along the way. Teams walked just over three miles starting at the Two Bridges Hotel. Stops included Crockern Tor, Littaford Tor and of course, Wistman's Wood, with a supper…
    Julie Dymott and a group of friends each year borrow a field that belongs to one of our team volunteers to host a fundraising bbq for the team. Lots of fun is always had and this year was no different. Young Zach won a private flight, Billy won a big jar of marshmallows by guessing how many there were - keep a close eye on them Billy! Chris arranged an Alpaca walk and the weekend finished with, of course, a cream tea (cream first we hope #justsayin). This year the group of friends raised a magnificent £250 - (which hopefully will be…
    It’s hard to believe that this year saw Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton running their Templer Way sponsored walk for the eighth time. It’s come a long way from the 20 or so participants we had in 2010 to almost 200 in 2018. I remember chatting with fellow team members Kate and Helen in the pub one evening in early 2010 about holding a sponsored walk down the Templer Way as ‘a bit of an experiment’. Little did we realise back them how much it would grow in popularity and become such a flagship fundraising event for the rescue team.…
    Local rescuers Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton are gaining a reputation for putting together well run and enjoyable events.  Its 8th Templer Way Challenge fundraising event proved as popular as ever on Sunday despite the weather doing its best to dampen the spirits.   Sold out yet again, 180 participants braved the wet and foggy weather at Haytor early on Sunday morning to take part in the 18 mile sponsored walk to Shaldon walking the historic and beautiful Templer Way Trail. Raising money for the rescue charity that relies on public donation for over 90% of its income, the participants…
    Monday, 26 February 2018 17:12

    Ivybridge bowlers raise funds for rescuers.

    Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Tournament raises £800 for search and rescue charity The Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Club held its annual charity tournament on Saturday 24th February.  28 teams competed from West Devon and East Cornwall in an event which raised £800 for a local search and rescue charity. This event which is very popular with Short Mat Bowls teams is held annually at the Ivybridge Community College. The winning team this year was a team from Willand in East Devon. John Chaplin the club secretary said: "We generally try and support a charity local to the Ivybridge area or one…
    Friday, 01 December 2017 12:08

    Bovey golfers raise funds for local charity

    A very big thank you to Mel Winter, 2017 Ladies Captain, and all the golfers that supported her nominated charity this year at Bovey Tracey Golf Course. This support will make a big difference to us for the coming year, helping to keep us operational and helping those in need. Thank you!
    Sunday, 10 September 2017 15:32

    Magnificent donation from Ullacombe Farm

    Each year Ullacombe Farm likes to support a local good cause to support throughout the year`, and over the last 12 months its staff and customers have been raising money for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. At its popular Funny Farm Festival event in September, Ullacombe farm's Debbie Coles unveiled a grand total of £3,489.68 raised for the volunteer chairty of rescuers. Team Search Manager Dave Underhill said ' We are extremely grateful to the wonderful staff and customers of Ullacombe Farm for raising this amazing amount for team funds.' 'We rely on public donations for over 92% of our…
    This coming weekend is the 2017 version of the Dartmoor Classic Cycle Sportive, probably one of the premier cycle sportives in the UK. Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has been a charity partner of the Classic for over 6 years and this year we will once again be raffling fabulous prizes in the event draw. Since 2012 over £12,000 has been donated to the team thanks to the generosity of the organisers and participants of the Dartmoor Classic. This amazing support has undoubtedly enabled us to save lives of those in need on Dartmoor and across South and East Devon. Read more…
    Newton Abbot College raises over £9,000 for Devon charity of rescuers. Newton Abbot College was proud to present its chosen charity for the academic year 2015-16, Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton), a cheque for an incredible £9066.23. The amazing total reflects a year of dedicated fundraising by the College, including sponsored swims, non-uniform days, student-led fundraising drives, tutor group challenges and the Lynmouth to Teignmouth walk undertaken by staff and students in July. A cheque for the total was presented to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton in front of 200 students and staff. The final total was revealed to a thrilled Alan Pewsey,…
    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton’s  ‘dart2ZERO’ Supporters Club held it’s annual ‘Supporters Cream Tea’ to thank the public for all the support they give throughout the year. The day turned out to be a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, and the team’s rescue centre was the ideal setting for tea, cake and of course scones. The team, this year celebrating its 40th Anniversary, relies on the public for around 92% of its funding, so public support is vital to keeping the rescuers operational. Apart from having a natter over a cuppa with team members, the team’s specialist vehicles and equipment was on display giving…
    Following a presentation to the Rotarians based in Bishopsteignton earlier in the year by our Fundraising Officer, we opened the doors to our Rescue Centre to give them a hands on insight to our work, equipment and vehicles. The visit proved a great success and following the tour, the team was presented with a cheque for £500 by club President Chris Cullen. Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said ‘We are very grateful to Chris and his colleagues for this fabulous donation. It was a great pleasure to welcome the group to our Rescue Centre and give them a better idea how…
    Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:41

    Templer Way Challenge 2016. The best yet!

    Charity walk raises £11,000 for Ashburton rescuers An 18-mile sponsored walk has seen over £11,000 raised for Dartmoor Search and Rescue, as 150 people walked from the Haytor Information Centre in Dartmoor National Park to Shaldon on the Devon coast. The walk was aimed at raising funds for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue team based at Ashburton, a voluntary organisation and registered charity, which relies on fundraising to keep its team fully equipped and prepared to deal with the many emergencies it attends each year. Craig Scollick of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton said: “This event is very important to the…
    A BOVEY TRACEY firm has delighted members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton by becoming headline sponsors for the charity’s 2016 Templer Way Challenge. The deal could result in as much as £5,000 from Plastic Surgeon Fine Finishers with management pledging to match funds raised by staff who undertake the 18-mile sponsored walk on sunday April 24. That amount could make serious inroads into the £20,000 it takes to keep the lifesaving volunteers able to respond to the 35 or so shouts they receive each year. Last Christmas their expertise was even called for in Yorkshire when floods devastated a number…
    Staff and students at Newton Abbot College are celebrating an incredible start to their fundraising efforts for the academic year by presenting a cheque to the College’s chosen charity, Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, for £570.99 following the huge success of their student-run Christmas Fayre on December 11 2015. The annual Fayre, a highlight in the College’s calendar, is organised and run entirely by students; stalls included homemade baked goods, craft creations, face painting, hook-a-duck, book stalls and many more. More than 150 local primary school pupils were invited to the College to take part in the day, which included craft workshops in the Art…
    Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:21

    A Big Noise for Charity

    Big Noise Chorus, Ashburton’s new pop and rock choir, brought their fantastic foot-stomping concert of popular classics to the Methodist Church in Ashburton with songs from Ben E. King to Amy Winehouse and Queen. The concert raised over £500 for team funds that will go towards helping those in need and effectively help to save lives.  Some of our volunteers gave a demonstration of some of the equipment we use along with a brief talk on the sort of work we do. Big Noise Chorus is a network of 4 community pop/rock choirs around the South West raising money for charity with their highly popular…
    Devon Vintage Car Club has been supporting us alongside our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue throughout the year as its supported 2015 charities. Following this support we were delighted to attend a cheque presentation at Ivybridge where both teams received cheques for £1250. With a fine collection of classic vehicles – including 2 search and rescue Landrovers obviously, members of the club handed over cheques to each of the 2 teams. The photo shows team member Rob White collecting our cheque on behalf of our team. Team Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said “It’s great to be nominated by businesses…
    We’d like to send a big thank you to St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group for raising £1,000 and the annual River Dart clean up for raising a further £535 for the team at the River Dart Country Park during November. We really appreciate the support and it was great to meet a fabulous group of people from CRS Adventures and St James’s Place Wealth Management at the Country Park for a cheque presentation. The photo shows Nik, Al and Dave accepting the donations from our team with Mark Allen from the River Dart Clean Up in the front row, supported by CRS Adventures and…
    Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:52

    Newton Abbot Rotarian’s help to save lives

    We extend our appreciation and thanks to the Newton Abbot Rotary for the magnificent £1,750 donation to the team following their Golf Day at Dainton in September. We were lucky enough to be selected as one of the beneficiaries from the day which was followed by our Fundraising Officer attending a cheque presentation to receive the donation last week. We would also like to extend our appreciation to Santander in Newton Abbot who have very kindly agreed to match fund the Rotary donation meaning a total of £3,500 will be making it’s way to our bank account. Alan Pewsey our Fundraising Officer…
    Monday, 14 September 2015 16:02

    Team strengthens bond with its supporters

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has strengthened the bond with its supporters with the launch of a new Supporters Club, dart2ZERO. On Sunday September 13th the team opened its Rescue Centre doors to celebrate the launch of the club. Cream tea was served followed by a guided tour around the team’s specialist vehicles and equipment to thank supporters for their amazing support throughout the year. The volunteers who assist Devon’s emergency services when people go missing or become injured in remote locations, rely on the public for donations to continue its 24 hour service that can be life saving. It’s not just about…
    Monday, 03 August 2015 10:55

    A huge thank you from the team

    A huge thank you from the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton OUR VOLUNTEERS who assist Devon’s emergency services when people go missing or become injured in remote locations have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to a fundraising campaign. We only just managed to get our essential control van through its last MoT earlier this year and realised a new one would be needed if our lifesaving work was to continue into 2016 and beyond. An appeal for help went out at the end of June with a target of £20,000 that would allow us to buy the base…
    April 2015 and 95 walkers enjoy the 5th annual 18 mile sponsored Templer Way Challenge in aid of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. A beautiful day for the walk that starts at Haytor Quarry in Dartmoor National Park and follows the historic Templer Way trail to the sea at Shaldon. The good news is it’s predominently downhill! Thanks to all who took part and helped to raise £4,659.38 for team funds. Especially important this year as our Incident Control Vehicle has a major rust problem that means it is uneconomic to repair. Hence we need to find an additional £20,000…
    Monday, 20 April 2015 12:36

    Walkers enjoy a fabulous day

    Sunday 19th April and 101 people congregated in bright sunshine at the Haytor Information Centre with the objective to walk the 18 miles to Shaldon on the Devon coast in aid of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton. This year was the 5th year running the event has been put on in aid of the charity rescue team.  Walkers were launched on their way by team member and event organiser Craig Scollick. Craig said “This event is very important to the team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year. We couldn’t continue to provide our…
    Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:53

    Support for 4 legged friends

    We are very grateful to Moorgate Veterinary Group who have joined Sibelco in sponsoring our Templer Way Challenge that takes place a week today. They are not just sponsoring the challenge either as 2 vets are walking the route and offering free dog first aid to any 4 legged friends taking part should they need it. We are very grateful to the guys, girls …. and dogs at Moorgate in supporting the team. The photo shows our Fundraising Officer visiting the Bovey Tracey practice to pick up the donation from vet Ashley Rubens. We really appreciate this boost to the Templer Way…
    Our Templer Way Challenge has received a £500 kickstart from minerals firm Sibelco. On Sunday April 19 up to 150 people are expected to tackle the 18-mile Templer Way from Haytor Rocks to the mouth of the River Teign. Starting at 9am participants should reach The Green, Shaldon, some five – seven hours later. Money donated by sponsors and well-wishers will help generate the £15,000 it costs each year to keep the 24-hour team of voluntary emergency responders on the road.  Alan Pewsey, fundraising officer for the team, said: ‘Our Templer Way Challenge is now in its fifth year and we are…
    Monday, 26 January 2015 12:45

    Slimming World save pounds for rescuers

    Over the past twelve months, the members of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Slimming World have raised an amazing £300 for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashbuton. Their members have devised a novel way of raising money for local causes by collecting the five pence pieces which they would normally have in change from their weekly membership fees. Team member Phil Martin said “Last year the team were called out to assist the police 29 times, providing their search skills in both rural and urban areas. To meet our operational costs we need to raise £17,000 a year and we are extremely grateful…
    Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:48

    Scouts raise money for rescuers

    At Christmas time the 1st Liverton Scout Group went carol singing, on this occasion rather than raise money for their own funds they chose to raise money for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton). In January the scouts visited the headquarters of the rescue team to get a better understanding of the vital work which these volunteers do and to get ‘hands on’ experience of the rescue equipment and make their donation to team. Craig Scollick of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team(Ashburton) said ‘ We are extremely grateful to the1st Liverton Scout Group for making a donation of £240. It…
    During the month of November diners at the 2 Michelin Starred Gidleigh Park Country House Hotel and Restaurant donated a total of £603.50 to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton. Alan Pewsey, Fundraising Officer for the team of volunteers said “We are very grateful to Gidleigh Park and its diners for supporting us as their monthly charity during November. We rely on the general public for around 92% of our funding, and without this wonderful support from businesses such as Gidleigh Park, we would be unable to continue to provide our service to those who need it, not just on…
    Monday, 08 September 2014 13:00

    The Big Swim across Torbay

    Our volunteers are a very generous bunch, giving up a lot of time and energy not just attending callouts when the phone goes off at 3 in the morning, but also taking part in regular training and fundraising events. However team members Andy Turner and Jim Webster have really gone the extra mile, or should that be 10 miles in swimming across Torbay to raise funds for the team! Both keen wild swimmers, Jim and Andy set themselves a challenge of swimming from Ness Beach in Shaldon to Brixham Breakwater both swimming the entire 10 miles as opposed to a…
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