One of the busiest Mountain Rescue Teams in England. 2018 our 54th year

Make a Donation

There are lots of ways to make a donation and support the Team directly.

Online donations are easy to do and you can add Gift Aid if you’re a tax payer, although the websites often take a small commission as a percentage of your donation. Text donations make small donations really easy and, of course, you can send us a cheque, make an online bank transfer, collect sponsorship from a challenge of your own – whatever works best for you.

Online and text giving

Technology is making giving and supporting ever easier.

We have had a page on the Charity Choice site and online links for several years. Charity Choice enables you to give as much or as little as you like, to add on the Gift Aid if you qualify and to be confident that it is a safe and secure system. It is no longer a free of charge service but still a valuable route for us, provided in association with The Co-operative Bank.

Many of our supporters are familiar with and the Patterdale team has a listing on the site to make your fundraising as easy as possible. Whether you are running a marathon, reaching a summit (or two) or aiming to do something silly for money, JustGiving has all the social media connections to help you to make the most of your efforts. However, if you are making a one off donation, remember that JustGiving makes a 5% charge from your gift to cover administration, including the Gift Aid process.

You can also give up to £10 (plus Gift Aid) via a simple text. JustGiving and Vodafone recently launched a free-of-charge service, which enables anyone to text us a donation. This is similar to how Comic Relief and Children in Need operate but this is the first time that a free of charge service is available to smaller charities like us. All you have to do is text the message PMRT10 £xy to the number 70070.

Or, if you have a car that needs scrapping, call 020 0011 1664 and Giveacar, a UK-based fundraising organisation, could help you to give up to £100 to Patterdale MRT AND ensure that your car is recycled as much as possible.

Paying by cheque or online

Any amount, large or small, is always very much appreciated and we like to hear the stories behind your gifts too – a personal connection to our work, inspiration from a TV programme, a birthday collection, business fundraising or a school citizenship project. Please send cheques (payable to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Association) to The Treasurer, Patterdale MRA, Ogilvie House, Patterdale, Cumbria CA11 0PJ. To pay direct direct, please use Sort code 20-66-97, Account PMRA Ltd number 50218081 and let the Treasurer know to expect your donation by sending an email. 

You can also securely donate by PayPal or by using your credit or debit card here. You don't need a paypal account.


If you are planning a sponsored challenge or event, please let us know in advance and we can often help to publicise your efforts, make connections to your own online fundraising pages and reinforce your hard work. To help, you can also download a Patterdale MRA sponsorship form.

Plan for a legacy

Making a Will is something that is private and important for everyone – to be sure that your wishes will be reflected in what happens after you die. Legacies and bequests are a valuable source of income for charities like us.

After providing for your loved ones, please consider leaving a legacy to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Association (the charity behind the Team). Any size or kind of gift, large or small, pays for the equipment and training our volunteers need to stay safe on the mountains and save more lives - today and into the future.

It costs almost £2,000 to kit out a mountain rescue team member with protective clothing and equipment for the mountains and for other situations such as searches and flooding rescues which are regular requirements for today’s team. And a replacement vehicle, once kitted out as an ambulance for rescue, can cost as much as £50,000.

 If you are thinking of remembering us in your will, we would be very grateful if you could let us know (there is a simple Intention form to download here) so that we can plan for the future of the Team.

 The download documents below give you more information and up-to-date advice that has been checked with our legal advisers.

  • The Legacy Booklet includes information about options and approaches to legacies and is the main reference for anyone considering a legacy to the Team.
  • The Codicil Form is a very specific document that enables you to add a gift to us to your existing Will.
  • The Intention Form is a useful and simple way for you to let us know of your plans. The contents of your Will are private but it would be helpful if you could tell us if you are thinking about leaving a gift to us in your Will. This also gives us an opportunity to thank you and invite you to see how your gift could be used by the Team.

All gifts in Wills are important, regardless of size and we are grateful to all our Supporters for their continued donations, fundraising and gifts. If you would like more information about leaving a legacy to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Association, please contact:

Trevor Price, Solicitor, Arnison Heelis, 1 St. Andrew’s Place, Penrith CA11 7AW T: 01768 862007  E: tp@

Buy something in our Shop

We also have an online shop on this website where you can buy garments and all year round greeting cards. Buy something here to support us.