Each year District Association’s across the country choose charities that they wish to support and whilst attending a Lakeland DA 5-day meet at the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club site Lakeland DA committee members unexpectedly got to witness firsthand how some of these donations are put to use.
Lakeland DA’s chosen charity has been Keswick Mountain Rescue. The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was founded in 1947 and is a charity that depends entirely on donations. During recent times there have been around 100 rescues a year and each call-out generally involves 12 to 20 members and takes anywhere between one hour and several days. This can only be achieved through the dedication of the current 55 volunteers, the generosity of their employers, and the ongoing support of the public.
During our December meet, we visited Keswick Mountain Rescue where representatives received a cheque for £623.69 raised from fundraising events held throughout the year at our short meets and THS’s, events that included book sales, raffles, and competitions.
Whilst visiting the Rescue Centre Headquarters the committee found the team responding to a local incident involving 3 climbers where one had slipped, fallen and badly injured his knee. Working in fading light and dropping temperatures the Keswick team assessed how to extricate the casualty. Air support was called, and the casualty was winched and airlifted by the Coastguard to Cumberland Infirmary whilst the Keswick team rigged a rope rescue system to retrieve a third uninjured climber. By working together with the Coastguard, the team avoided what would have been a very long and difficult stretcher carry with a cold casualty. The rescue involved 24 volunteers
We want to thank all of our campers for the kind generosity and the support they showed over the year for this amazing charity.