Fundraising

It costs £30,000 per year (£82.00 per day) to maintain the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team. In turn, we provide a voluntary search and rescue service to the local and regional community that is second to none.

Team fundraising
Team fundraising

We currently employ the following mechanisms in order to raise funds for the team, and you could help us by:

  • Hosting a Collecting Box – If you own a shop, pub, or other establishment, you could request a team collecting box. We will empty it at regular intervals. Contact: fo@boltonmrt.org.uk.
  • Making a financial donation – by writing a cheque, made payable to “Bolton Mountain Rescue Team”. Cheque donations should be sent to the address below.
    Bolton Mountain Rescue Team,
    Ladybridge Hall,
    399 Chorley New Road,
    Heaton,
    Bolton,
    BL1 5DD
  • Sponsoring the teams annual running costs – or part of. Could your company help in these costs? Maybe sponsor the team for a day?
  • Holding a sponsored event for the team – we can supply information and display boards – you just donate all profits to the team. Let your mind run wild!
  • Sponsoring an equipment purchase – Ask what equipment we need and see if you wish to help us purchase a certain item.
  • Join the Support Group – and help support the Team. In return, you may assist at non-operational Team events and participate on occasion as an exercise casualty within our busy training programme. More details are available on our Membership page.
  • Helping with collection days – Either offer to come and help us collect, or ask us to come to your office, factory, supermarket or shopping centre to collect.
  • Inviting us to hold a lecture – we can arrange for your Group or organisation to visit our Base HQ – see below.
  • Coming up with any other idea – we are adaptable!

Information relating to the team’s now-withdrawn fundraising initiative (known as the “250 Club”) is available here.

Team Supporter stickers

The team maintains a large stock of “Supporter” stickers suitable for vehicle windows etc.

These stickers are available for general sale at £1.50 each direct from our Secretary via email secretary@boltonmrt.org.uk please remember to include you full postal address in the email.

Stickers are also currently available from Campcraft, Newport St, Bolton (Tel: 01204 524504), and will also be available from other sales points in the near future.

There is an informal “competition” on where our Supporter stickers can be spotted, if you wish to submit a picture of one of our stickers in a unique situation, then send your picture to secretary@boltonmrt.org.uk, e.g.:

  • Furthest from Bolton
  • Highest
  • Most unusual place
  • Most travelled sticker

A previous competition, when our stickers were first introduced, was held in 2005, and the results were put online on our website on the dedicated Competition page.

Lectures

The team is willing to invite your organisation, group or society, to our Ladybridge Hall Base HQ to provide an insight into the workings of the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team including equipment and vehicle demonstrations. Limited opportunities also exist for an informal “hands on” exercise (Wednesday evenings excepted). We can also provide after dinner speakers at the venue of your event, be it a 5 minute or 30 minute slot!

Our base HQ presentation lasts for 1 ½  – 2 hours, but shorter presentations can be arranged. “Hands-on” lectures are especially popular with youth organisations and the younger end of our supporters.

A donation for such presentations and lectures is always gratefully accepted but is not expected (kindness and support of the team come in many ways other than money).
If you would be interested in any of the ideas outlined above and wish to help the team, please contact the Secretary.

A list of lectures and visits that we have run from 2001-present are listed here.

Funding & Equipment

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team is grateful to acknowledge the financial support, equipment donations, and sponsorship of the following individuals and organisations.

The Ladies of Greenbank Sheltered HousingFinancial support arising from the sales of the Greenbank Ladies Calendar
Team Eagley Bank Fund RaisersFinancial support
Amber Gibson, Rose Queen of St Cuthbert's Church, DarwenFinancial support
Keep Fit Association of Chorley and LeylandDonations towards new MR stretchers
Bolton Community and Voluntary ServicesSmall Grants Round, June 2010. Funds put towards new team vehicles.
Edgworth Real Ale FestivalFinancial donations towards Water search & rescue equipment.
The late Elma MorseDonations towards pulse oximetry equipment
The late Peter NooneTroll M.R. stretcher refurbishment, pulse oximetry equipment, and donations towards 4 new vacuum splint sets.
The late Rev. Michael RobinsonFinancial donations.
The late Tom SunterFinancial donations.
The late Joe GeelingFinancial donations.
The late Jenny FieldFinancial donations towards GPS Equipped Vehicle Radios.
The late Geoffrey ClarkeFinancial donations to refurbish Control & Catering Trailer.
Miss Ellen Sykes bequestPurchase of Landrover Ambulance (Incident Support vehicle), BM3.
Beryl & Jack HainsbyFinancial donations to refurbish Control & Catering Trailer.
East Lancashire Mark Benevolent FundFinancial donations towards new team vehicles and GPS Equipped Vehicle Radios.
Horwich Rotary ClubFinancial donations towards GPS Equipped Vehicle Radios
Rotary Club of TurtonFinancial assistance
Rotary Club of DarwenFinancial assistance
North Turton Parish CouncilFinancial assistance
Kenneth Fields of Egerton, Bolton6x sets of 13x guidebooks - "Lancashire Country Walks".
Netnorth LtdHost of team website & email
Zen InternetSuppliers of broadband access to the team's base
Vodafone Retail LimitedDonation of mobile phones and associated carphone kits.
Frank Hulton Motor Engineers, FarnworthTeam vehicle servicing.
National Lotteries Charities BoardPurchase of two Landrover Ambulances (First Response vehicles), BM1 and BM2, and 45x pairs Goretex Salopettes.
Bolton MBCJoint purchase with NLCB of 45 pairs of Goretex Salopettes. Joint purchase with our supporter "DT" of 27 personal flotation devices (Lifejackets) for waterside search & rescues.
British Heart FoundationDonation of 2x AED defibrillators.
North West Ambulance ServiceDonation of 4x AED defibrillators
Greater Manchester Police43 Hi-band radio handsets & donation of 5 x weatherproof clipboards.
Marshalls PLCFinancial assistance, H.Q. signage and Ladybridge refurbishment building materials
Campcraft Limited, BoltonDiscount arrangements for callout list members.
Bellway HomesSponsorship of KEELA Clothing
Rainhill Rotary ClubDonation of 18x personal flotation devices (Lifejackets) for waterside search & rescues.
Mary and David Holden of EdgworthChristmas singalong in aid of team funds.
Edgworth and Turton Church of England Methodist Primary SchoolDonation of resuscitation training aids and financial donations. Donations towards 4 sets of new vacuum splints
Westhoughton Rotary ClubDonation of laptop PC, scanner, printer, desktop photocopier, laminator & financial donations.
British Nuclear Fuels Limited and Boddingtons LimitedDonation of Ordnance Survey maps and road atlases.
Chorley Borough CouncilDonation of Mini Flare and Smoke flare kits.
ABB Eutech LtdDonation of rope rescue equipment
Co-op Community Award SchemePurchase of weatherproof clipboards & Exhibition Panels.
Exel FoundationDonations towards pulse oximetry equipment
The Gannet FoundationDonation of 4 Hi-band radio handsets
Rescuequip1Donation of 2 training rescue mannequins
"DT"(Our valued supporter known to our website readers as "DT") Donation of fittings for our LBH toilet block, Joint purchase with Bolton MBC of 27 personal flotation devices (Lifejackets). Donation of numerous domestic items of equipment at our LBH base, donation of publicity materials, and numerous financial donations.
Collection box locations
Donations from lecture audiences and groups see lecture listings section on this page.
Donations from after dinner presentations
Donations arising from the provision of standby rescue covers

Apologies to anybody we’ve missed out. (If so let us know and we’ll amend this list.)