Penrith Mountain Rescue Team is officially launching its new campaign to raise funds for a new Cumbrian base. They'll be at the new GO Outdoors store in Penrith. They'll show equipment, offer advice and explain thier plans for a new base.
The Chair of Penrith MRT John Whittle, said:
– John Whittle Penrith MRT
"Our current Base at Isobella Carlton House, Tynefield Avenue in Penrith has been our home for more than 25 years. It's been our Base for more than 800 call outs and rescues. But to continue to maintain and improve our service throughout Cumbria we need improved facilities and more space and that ultimately means making a move". Our preferred locations are all in the Penrith area. But, wherever we end up it will mean another expense in addition to the running costs already met by generous donations."
In 2010, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is manned entirely by around 40 dedicated, trained volunteers who freely give their time and skills to provide a search and rescue resource to support Cumbria Constabulary.
PMRT covers the largest geographic area of any of the Lakes District Mountain Rescue Teams taking in 2500 sq km. From the Scottish border as far south as Haweswater and from Cumbria's boundary with Northumberland west to the Solway Firth, including the towns of Carlisle, Penrith and Brampton.