How we operate
UWFRA is made up of over 60 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year. Our membership live in the Dales or travel from as far away as Leeds or Bradford and are prepared to respond to a callout at any time of the day or night in the worst of weather conditions.
We demand the most up to date equipment and many items must be changed or removed from use by strict control and rotation. We receive no Government funding and our services remain free to those who need us. Our annual running costs are currently in excess of £40,000 per annum and we remain reliant on donations and fundraising events.
UWFRA is a registered charity. Like other mountain and cave rescue teams in the UK it receives no funding from central Government. The team is run entirely by volunteers and has no paid members of staff.
Where your money goes
The money raised is used to pay for insurance, maintenance and running of our three emergency vehicles, operating and up keep of our base and the replacement of rescue and medical equipment (all of which has a finite life span or can/does suffer damage through wear and tear).
Some examples of costs
Full rescue harness
Rope (static / dynamic)
Comprehensive First Aid Kit (dressings, splints, oxygen)
One set of rescue hardware (karabiners, pulleys, etc)
How can you help
The everyday funding of UWFRA is by donations from the public. This money comes from a variety of sources: collecting boxes throughout the area, kind donations from various groups, individuals or organisations, street collections and fund raising events.
Without your support and generosity our rescue team could not function.
Our current fundraising efforts are being channelled to raise approximately £130,000 to allow for a planned building extension.
Make a donation
Text Fell11 followed by an amount to 70070
Donate By Post
Should you wish to make a donation by post(cheque or bankers draft). Cheques should be made payable to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and donations should be sent to the following address;
Julian Griffiths, Treasurer Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association The Hut, Hebden Road Grassington North Yorkshire BD23 5LB