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 £50,000 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.
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).
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.
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
Gift Aid is a scheme used by charities and donors to reclaim tax on charitable donations. This means if you are a tax payer the Association can reclaim tax on your recorded donations. This increases the income to the association by 25%. For every £1 you give, our Team will receive an extra 25p