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articles > 2015

The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce that there will be two main beneficiaries of funds raised by the Society in 2015: namely, Animal Rescue Cumbria (ARC) and the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association (LDMRSDA).

Animal Rescue Cumbria (ARC) was originally formed in 1972 by a group of like-minded ladies to provide suitable homes for unwanted pets, in support of which they embarked on numerous fund-raising activities to provide food, shelter and veterinary care.

In 1974 the group recruited Alfred and Betty Wainwright.  Wainwright was elected Chairman of the organisation, and under his guidance Animal Rescue Cumbria was registered as a charity. Through the generosity of Alfred Wainwright, a fund was established with a view to creating a Rescue Centre, and after much effort Kapellan was acquired in 1984 and a year later was operational. Although Wainwright supported the charity financially in its early years, this ceased following his death in 1991 and ARC has been self-funding since then.

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Animal Shelter at Kapellan and the Society is pleased to raise funds to support the work of taking in unwanted dogs and cats and helping to re-home them.

Chairman of Animal Rescue Cumbria, Kevin Whalley said, ‘I am delighted that The Wainwright Society had agreed to support us in our anniversary year. I think it is fair to say that ARC was the project closest to AW’s heart in his later years, and I am sure that he would be particularly happy to see this strengthening of the links between ARC and the Society that bears his name.’

Seven years before the formation of SARDA (the Search and Rescue Dogs Association) in 1965, Wainwright dedicated Book Three, The Central Fells, of his Pictorial Guides to ‘THE DOGS OF LAKELAND willing workers and faithful friends, and an essential part of Lakeland life.’  Although Wainwright was not, at that time, thinking of mountain rescue dogs, he was clear that working dogs played a vital part in life on the fells.

Since the formation of SARDA, rescue dogs have been an important integral part of the mountain search and rescue service.  In 2015, the 50thanniversary of the formation of SARDA, the Society is hoping to raise funds for the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association (which was SARDA Lakes until 2010), to replace all the training radios of dog handlers, which are a vital part of communication whilst out on the fells.

Mick Guy, Treasurer of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association commented: ‘Training requires instant clear communication between dog and handler, trainer and handler, handler and “volunteer dogsbody”; which is why reliable, efficient radios are essential.’

Money will be raised by the Society through sales of its 2016 Calendar and from donations by members taking part in the annual charity Challenge.

Derek Cockell