The Wainwright Society announces donations to Mountain Rescue Teams
The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce that sales of the Society’s 2014 Calendar raised a total of £7500. The money has been used to fund waymarking of the Coast to Coast Walk and other projects designed to raise the profile of the walk. The residue of the money, which amounted to £4550, has been donated to the seven Mountain Rescue Teams that provide emergency cover to walkers across the route of the Coast to Coast. The eight teams are: Cockermouth, Keswick, Patterdale, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen, Swaledale, Cleveland and Scarborough & Ryedale.
One of the teams, Kirkby Stephen MRT, has decided to put the donation towards the purchase of a mobile satellite broadband internet system, so internet communications can be set up wherever an advance control vehicle is placed. The system will also provide resilience in case the base internet connection goes down.
Kirkby Stephen team member, David Stewart said:
‘Internet access is steadily becoming much more integral to the efficiency of searches and in keeping other emergency services up to date on progress.
This sort of one-off expenditure is on top of the funds the team needs to simply run its operations, so it is really welcome that The Wainwright Society is able to make such a significant donation towards the purchase of the equipment.’
The Society will be producing a 2015 Calendar, which will go on sale later this year. The profits from sales of the 2015 Calendar will be donated to the Brathay Exploration Trust, the Society’s main beneficiary this year.