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Alpaca's and marshmellows. All in the name of fundraising.

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).

Zach and Billy with their prizes

This year the group of friends raised a magnificent £250 - (which hopefully will be matched by Barclays) + an extra £62.50 in gift aid

Julie and her friends getting acquainted with the Alpacas

We are incredibly grateful to Julie and her friends for raising this magnificent amount that will help us to help those in-need.

This has come at a very opportune moment as we are currently raising funds to replace a number of our VHF radios due to an enforced radio band change by UK Government, and taking the opportunity to improve our radio network which will all cost in the region of £25,000

Enjoy your flight Zach!

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:48

Liverton Scouts raise money for rescuers

Liverton 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 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.

LIverton scouts

Very grateful to the Scouts

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 will make an excellent start towards the £17,000 which we have to raise each year to remain operational and help save lives in and around Dartmoor.’

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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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Sunday, 11 September 2016 11:39

Amazing support for team of volunteers recognised

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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Monday, 14 September 2015 16:02

Team strengthens bond with its supporters

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.

support us at Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

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 the money though as the busy team frequently need more volunteers to help with fundraising events vital to its continued operation as team Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey explained:

“Our supporters are our lifeblood and dart2ZERO acknowledges the amazing help individuals, groups and businesses give us each year. It also gives those with some time to spare an opportunity to get involved with a search and rescue team without the callout and training commitments, which can put some people off.“

Club Chair Ayse Rifat was delighted at how well received the new supporters initiative has been:

“We are very excited about dart2ZERO. It enables us to show our appreciation with club newsletters, access to exclusive competitions and special events organised especially for our supporters.”

“For those who have some time to spare and would like to get involved with fundraising, baking a cake or supporting the team in other ways, dart2ZERO will be perfect for them. Club members will even have the opportunity to act as a casualty on team training nights should they wish too.”

The team of volunteers cover not just Dartmoor but rural and urban areas across Devon and sometimes further afield, and dart2ZERO will support and raise awareness of the great work the volunteers do.

If you would like to find out more on the dart2ZERO Supporters Club, go to http://dsrtashburton.org.uk/dart2zero

DART2ZERO The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Supporters Club

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Vintage Car Enthusiasts Support Search and Rescue Charities

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.

Cheque presentation to Dartmoor Search and rescue from vintage car enthusiasts

A fine collection of classic vehicles

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 and organisations such as the Devon Vintage Car Club to be their charity of the year. We are very grateful as we rely almost entirely on donations to continue to provide our service to those in need not just on Dartmoor but across Devon. ”

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Newton Abbot College’s Incredible Christmas Fundraiser

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.

Newton Abbot College presents a cheque donation to local Devon rescue charity Dartmoor Search and Rescue

Christmas Fayre

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 Department as well as a visit to the Fayre to stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies.

Laura Davey, Teacher of Business Studies and lead organiser of the event, was thrilled with the Fayre and the incredible fundraising total: “This is the third Christmas Fayre organised by the College and by far the most successful. Its success can be solely contributed to the commitment and creativity shown by students across the College to deliver a truly fantastic event. Their passion and determination to fundraise for the College’s annual charity has been truly inspiring and we couldn’t be happier with the amount raised.”

Alan Pewsey, Fundraising Officer for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton, was equally as thrilled: “The team are incredibly grateful for the support shown by Newton Abbot College; their fantastic fundraising efforts will go towards saving lives and the money raised will really help people in need in the local community.”

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Walkers aged from 13 to an amazing 80 complete this year's Templer Way.

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 have so far raised over £6,000 from this year’s event helping the volunteers assist those in need not just on Dartmoor but across Devon.

Event Director Craig Scollick said: “Every year we are humbled by our local community who support the team rain or shine and raise vital funds walking 18 miles from moor to sea helping us to save lives.”

“We can’t thank them enough and despite the poor weather forecast, they turned out yet again. with good humour and, from the feedback we’ve had so far, thoroughly enjoyed the day and are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Sponsored walkers on the Templer Way in Bovey Tracey

Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey added “We rely on the generosity of the public and local businesses to keep our service running through donation and sponsorship. This year, apart from all the participants, we’d very much like to thank Moorgate Vets who yet again took part and sponsored the production of our event map” 

“Without our amazing supporters, the team would fold it’s as simple as that. This would leave a huge gap in resources available to not just rescue outdoor enthusiasts on Dartmoor but also vulnerable people across Devon such as those with mental health problems including dementia

“We try very hard to make the event as inclusive as possible to young and old. It’s not a race but very much aimed at participants to challenge themselves in completing the distance. A special mention must go to Trisha who was our oldest participant this year who finished the event and gained her medal at the amazing age of 80 despite the weather! I spoke to her at the finish and she was very complimentary and really enjoyed it”

Walkers enjoy a well earned ice cream at the finish in Shaldon

The team is already planning for next year’s Templer Way Challenge and would very much like to hear from any local businesses who would like the opportunity to be headline sponsors for the 2019 event. Get in touch via their website www.dsrtashburton.org.uk.

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