CMRT logo
Level Triple-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0|
Valid XHTML 1.0!|
Valid CSS!|

New Headquarters Appeal

Why did we need a new headquarters?

Old headquarters buildingThe Team had operated from its headquarters on Fairfield, Cockermouth, for thirty-eight years. During this time there had been many changes with the development of the area into a car-park, the building of a junior school nearby and the general growth in private transport. All of which caused some inconvenience to the Team.

However there were two factors which caused the Team to decide that the only option was to relocate. These factors being:

Thanks to Allerdale Borough Council the Team obtained a new site and, having had plans drawn up and planning permission granted, was finally in a position to launch an appeal for the estimated cost of £369,000. The Team opened the Fund with £50,000 and the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, (the umbrella body for mountain rescue in the Lake District), contributed a further £20,000. In the following months a variety of fund raising events were planned and various individuals, firms, trusts etc. were approached for support.

The Team was fortunate that the mountaineer, Sir Christian Bonington, the T.V. presenter Mr. Eric Robson, Mr. Jos Naylor MBE the well-known fell- runner and local farmer and Mr. Mark Fryer, the then Leader of Allerdale Borough Council all gave their support to the appeal.

After almost fifty years of operation, and at the beginning of the twenty- first century, it seemed appropriate that the Team should move to a new headquarters with the improved storage and training facilities required by the increased complexity of today's mountain rescue techniques and equipment. This allows the Team to continue the first class service the public expects.