The Wainwright Society's 2014 calendar brought in £7,500

The Wainwright Society's 2014 calendar brought in £7,500

Seven mountain rescue teams will benefit from sales of a calendar produced by aficionados of the late guidebook author Alfred Wainwright.

The Wainwright Society’s 2014 calendar raised £7,500, part of which will be used to waymark the Coast to Coast Walk devised by the Kendal-based writer.

The mountain rescue teams which cover the route of the walk will receive the remainder of the cash, £4,450.

One of the teams, Kirkby Stephen, will use its share to buy a mobile satellite broadband internet system, so internet communications can be set up wherever an advance control vehicle is placed. The system will also provide resilience in case the base internet connection goes down.

Kirkby Stephen team member, David Stewart said: “Internet access is steadily becoming much more integral to the efficiency of searches and in keeping other emergency services up to date on progress.

“This sort of one-off expenditure is on top of the funds the team needs to simply run its operations, so it is really welcome that the Wainwright Society is able to make such a significant donation towards the purchase of the equipment.”

Other teams to receive cash from the society are: Cockermouth, Keswick, Patterdale, Penrith, Swaledale and Cleveland.

The Wainwright Society will be producing a 2015 Calendar, which will go on sale later this year. Profits will go to the Brathay Exploration Trust, the society’s main beneficiary this year.

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