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Friday, 03 July 2015 12:20

95 walkers enjoy the Templer Way Challenge

95 walkers enjoy the Templer Way Challenge

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 predominantly downhill!

£4,600 raised!

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 before the end of the year to fund a replacement vehicle and fit it out with the computer and radio equipment to help us manage search and rescue operations.

An appeal has been launched and you can contribute at the following Virgin Money Giving link.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/dart02

 

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Saturday, 28 February 2015 12:42

From moor to sea in aid of rescuers

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Sunday April 19th 2015 sees Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton running its popular Templer Way sponsored walk fundraiser.

The event now in its 5th year is becoming increasingly popular as participants walk the 18 miles from Haytor Quarry to Shaldon along the historic Templer Way to raise funds for the search and rescue volunteers.  The team is called out 30-40 times a year to search for the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable not just on Dartmoor but across Devon in all weathers anytime of day or night. The team of volunteers need around £15,000 of donations from the public to remain operational each year and receives no central funding from Government.

Al Pewsey the team’s Fundraising Officer said ‘Last year’s event raised over £5,000 for team funds, way beyond our most optimistic expectations. It’s a fabulous route that takes in spectacular scenery on its way from moor to sea, and we see a number of familiar faces who come back each year to enjoy it with us. Our volunteers accompany the walkers providing a great opportunity to find out more about the frequently life saving service we provide and the working of a search and rescue team whilst enjoying a fabulous walk.’

Al went on to say ‘ We are very grateful and humbled by the public support we get and we hope this year’s event will be just as successful as last year’s.’

Published in News
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.

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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 search and rescue service to the community and visitors of not just Dartmoor, but across Devon including urban areas, without this incredible support from the public.

The event has become more and more popular with numbers increasing each year to walk the historic Templer Way trail. We see lots of familiar faces returning each year as well as plenty of new faces too. Word seems to get around as to what an enjoyable walk it is and with the added attraction of having the support of team members walking the route and providing safety cover, it gives members of the public a great opportunity to not just enjoy a fabulous walk, but find out more about what we do by talking to team members along the way”

The event for the first time this year was sponsored by minerals firm Sibelco as well as local vets Moorgate Veterinary Group. Fundraising Officer Alan Pewsey said “We are very grateful to Sibelco and Moorgate for getting the event off to a fantastic start. This year’s event has so far raised over £3,500 from donations and sponsorship, and we are very grateful to everybody who took part, supported, donated and helped at the event. Early feedback we have had from participants is that it has been a great success and all thoroughly enjoyed the day. We will definitely be looking to run the event again in April 2016.”

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It was soon back to normality for team members who are all volunteers, as they were called out to assist the ambulance service on the following day. A walker who had injured an ankle whilst walking on the moor was recovered promptly by the volunteers and transferred to the waiting ambulance.

Published in News
Monday, 22 June 2015 12:32

Cyclists support rescuers

The Dartmoor Classic is one of the premiere cyclosportive events in the UK organised by the Mid Devon Cycle Club (MDCC), with participants attempting one of 3 routes of up to 160KM across Dartmoor typically on the 3rd Sunday in June. The event has become so popular that this year 4,000 cyclists registered.

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Our volunteers play a part in the running of the event by feeding riders as they pass through the Princetown feedstation and also providing expertise and resources for the event Silver Control.

Al Pewsey our Fundraising Officer also acknowledged the amazing support we get from the organisers. “We are very proud to be a charity partner for the Dartmoor Classic and this year we were given a custom Starley bike package to raffle in our event fundraising prize draw by the organisers. This created a huge amount of interest as you can imagine and helped to raise £2,563 over the weekend.”

“We are very grateful to the Dartmoor Classic for the support as we are a small charity that relies heavily on public donation to fund our annual running costs of around £15,000 enabling us to search, rescue and essentially save lives. This year we have the added expense of finding £20,000 to replace and fit out our Incident Control Vehicle as a major rust problem has been revealed that means it won’t pass another MOT. The success of this year’s draw has given us a huge boost in this fundraising.”

The prize winners in the draw were:

  • Paul Adams won the Starley / Madison Shimano custom bike package donated to the draw by the Dartmoor Classic organisers.
  • Steve Davey won the Paramo Ciclo Cycling Jacket sponsored by Paramo Equipment
  • Lynne Holmes won the Mountain Equipment Cascade Xtrafit Gore-tex gloves sponsored by Trail Outdoor in Ivybridge

We are very grateful to all our prize sponsors who made the success of this years draw possible.

Dartmoor classic 2015 prize winner

Apart from the our prize draw, the weekend proved to be another great success with very few incidents and good weather. We are already looking forward to being part of next year’s event.

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