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Sunday, 11 September 2016 11:39

Amazing support for team of volunteers recognised

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Amazing support for team of volunteers recognised

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.

Cream teas

Apart from having a natter over a cuppa with team members, the team’s specialist vehicles and equipment was on display giving the chance to get up close and personal. Lots of fun was had as adults and children alike tried their hand at climbing on The Climbing Project’s mobile climbing wall, trying on specialist rescue equipment, squeezed into drysuits, got hung from the rafters on stretchers and ‘immobilised’ in vacuum mattresses.

young water team prospects at the Dartmoor Search and Rescue supporters tea

The team was also able to officially recognise the amazing contribution our supporters make to keeping the team running.

Local business Plastic Surgeon Fine Finishers at Bovey Tracey were awarded the ‘Platinum supporter award’ for being the prime sponsor at this year’s Templer Way event where they contributed over £5,724 to the total, helping to make the event the most successful fundraising event in the team’s history raising over £12,138 in total. Team Chairman Alec Colyer said ‘We were delighted when The Plastic Surgeon got involved with the Templer Way this year and we were very grateful to them for being so enthusiastic in taking part with over 28 of their staff walking the 18 miles from Haytor to Shaldon.’

Plastic surgeon fine finishers

The South Devon Methodist Churches also presented the team with a cheque which took their support to the team to over £2,000 this year and it was very a fabulous way to recognise their fundraising achievement at the event.

s devon methodist cheque presentation to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

Newton Abbot College took us all by surprise as having nominated the team as their official supported charity for the 2015/16 school year, they unveiled a cheque for £8,571.75. The money had been raised throughout the year at various events culminating in their ‘Challenge Team’ of students who walked the Devon ‘coast to coast’, Lynmouth to Teignmouth at the end of the summer term. A fantastic achievement.

Newton Abbot College supporters tea presentation

Certificates were presented to many other organisations and businesses throughout the afternoon recognising their own significant contributions to keeping the team operational.

An overwhelmed Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said: ‘What a great day! The team has so many wonderful supporters, business, organisations and individuals it really is quite humbling. It was a great way to say thank you for the support over a cuppa and a piece of cake.’

‘Thanks to everybody who donates, as well as comment and share updates on social media helping to spread the word of the vital work the team does across Devon not just on Dartmoor, and sometimes further afield. The support really does make a difference to us, a small local charity who don’t have the full-time paid resources of the big boys. Just volunteers wanting to put something back into their local communities and help those in need.’

‘This amazing support we get from our supporters effectively helps to save lives, so they can be very proud of the contribution they make to keeping the team operational.”

If you would like to become a supporter of the team, whether volunteering to help fundraising, bake a cake or subscribe to the dart2ZERO supporters club and get discounts and benefits, you can find out more and join at www.dart2zero.org.uk

 

 

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