How we operate

UWFRA is made up of over 60 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year. Our membership live in the Dales or travel from as far away as Leeds or Bradford and are prepared to respond to a callout at any time of the day or night in the worst of weather conditions.

We demand the most up to date equipment and many items must be changed or removed from use by strict control and rotation. We receive no Government funding and our services remain free to those who need us. Our annual running costs are currently in excess of £40,000 per annum and we remain reliant on donations and fundraising events.

UWFRA is a registered charity. Like other mountain and cave rescue teams in the UK it receives no funding from central Government. The team is run entirely by volunteers and has no paid members of staff.

Where your money goes

The money raised is used to pay for insurance, maintenance and running of our three emergency vehicles, operating and up keep of our base and the replacement of rescue and medical equipment (all of which has a finite life span or can/does suffer damage through wear and tear).

Some examples of costs

Team vehicle


Full rescue harness


Rope (static / dynamic)




Comprehensive First Aid Kit (dressings, splints, oxygen)


One set of rescue hardware (karabiners, pulleys, etc)


How can you help

The everyday funding of UWFRA is by donations from the public. This money comes from a variety of sources: collecting boxes throughout the area, kind donations from various groups, individuals or organisations, street collections and fund raising events.

Without your support and generosity our rescue team could not function.

Our current fundraising efforts are being channelled to raise approximately £130,000 to allow for a planned building extension.

Should you wish to support us with some fundraising activity of your own please get in touch so we can offer you some support.

Make a donation

Donate By Post

Should you wish to make a donation by post(cheque or bankers draft). Cheques should be made payable to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and donations should be sent to the following address;

Julian Griffiths, Treasurer
Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association
The Hut, Hebden Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 5LB

Monthly Donations

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • Yorkshire Subteraneum Society
  • Annette Weatherill Linton
  • P Norriss
  • Sutton In Craven Rambling Club
  • 6th Ripon Scouts
  • Simon Crabtree Drighlington
  • Bradley Womens Institute
  • Paul Moriss
  • Alsion Deane
  • Graham Walker Kettlewell
  • Mrs H Ramsbotham
  • Wharfedale Harriers
  • Otley Walkers
  • Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Andrew Nelson for W3P Sponsorship
  • U3A Walking Group Skipton
  • Glasshouses W I
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Mr Easton
  • Ilkley Historic Vehicle Rally held at ColdStones Quarry
  • Morley Pothole Club
  • Anon Bingley

Our grateful thanks to

  • Deidrie & Peter Collier In lieu of Wedding Presents to them
  • Jacs
  • Anchor Homes
  • Charnock Richard Rambling Club
  • Anonymous
  • St Andrew’s Lunch Club
  • T & JH Clancy
  • Legacy from Tess Huggett (Former Member)
  • Kevin Deane
  • Alison Deane in remembrance of her Husband who was involved in the Sleets Gill Incident 25 years ago
  • S B S Tuck Shop
  • Ian Appleyard
  • The 20th Harrogate Scouts
  • Walking Disasters

Our grateful thanks for donations go to the following

  • R D & J M Mitchell
  • I Calder
  • Bradford Rotary Club
  • Silsden Footpaths
  • Robert Fort
  • Steph Roe - Christmas Card deliveries Buckden
  • Ripon Cathedral Scouts
  • Walking Disasters
  • Bet Ted - Ferret Racing at the Craven Arms
  • U3A Walk to Lunch Group
  • Paddy Daly
  • Miss S Thomson
  • Walking Disasters
  • Mr P Chadwick

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Mr P Earnshaw
  • Jim Mason-New Years Day Pram Race
  • Menston Retired Mens Forum
  • In Memory of Bill Ramsbotham
  • Pateley Bridge Walking Festival
  • St Andrews Church Skipton
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Grassington Congregational Church
  • John & Gill Huck
  • Bradford C H A Rambling Club
  • David Golightly
  • A J Doe
  • Nelson C H A
  • Wharfedale Rotary Club
  • Nidderdale L D W A
  • In Memory of Wally Keay
  • The West Riding Freemasons

We Wish To Thank All Those Who Have Given Us Great Support During 2016

May you all have A Peaceful and Prosperous New Year

To those who sent us Donations in December. Grateful Thanks

  • In Memory of Charles Atkinson
  • Memorial donations at the Funeral of BILL RAMSBOTHAM
  • IAN GOLDTHORPE Sales of His Book "Things to do in Grassington"
  • SKIPTON UKULELE CLUB playing at Kettlesing Ladies, Long Preston W I And in Skipton

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • Menston Mothers Union
  • Soroptimists Skipton
  • Paddy Daly
  • Walking Disasters
  • Menston Methodists Cornerstone Cafe
  • Donations in memory of Charles Atkinson Leeds
  • Friendship Club Grassington
  • Airedale Scout Group
  • Mr R Craig
  • Bolton Abbey Priory P C C

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Skipton Uklele Club performing at Yarndale & Carleton Harvest Home
  • Ferret Racing at the Craven Arms Appletreewick
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Addingham W I
  • Friendship Club Grassington
  • Harlow Mens Forum
  • Mrs Haighton
  • Mr & Mrs Jackson
  • Peter Wilkie Leeds
  • The Six Dales Walk
  • Hetton Methodists Jazz Concert by Ermysted’s Big Band
  • Hannah Broderick Farm Charity Ride Denton
  • Mr Lugton
  • The Spooner Trust
  • Mr A C Broughton

Our grateful thanks for donations go to the following

  • hetton methodist church
  • dave brook
  • bet ted (mason) @ appletreewick cricket 7’s
  • rachel taylor
  • max louis & graham lemonade stall at the 40’s weekend
  • mrs carr in memory of ted winpenny & len challans
  • leigh rambling club
  • funeral service in memory of bill haighton
  • bmw motorcycle club yorks marigolds

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • In Memory of Derek Hornsby Liversedge
  • Craven U3A
  • L A Crick USA
  • Burnsall School’s Summer Performance
  • Knaresborough Lions
  • Skipton Ukulele Band at Slaidburn W I
  • Clapham Family Nidd
  • Walking Disasters 2 Donations from Quiz winnings
  • Threshfield Court Coffee Morning
  • J & J Stockdale
  • B P C Gaping Gill Meet

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • Walking Disasters
  • Liz Mould Norwich
  • Jennie Howarth
  • Ilkley Harriers
  • Richard & Jane Hargreaves
  • In Memory of Bill Carr
  • In Memory of Peter Bousfield
  • Dave & Hilary Hobson,s Open Day

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Mathew Collinson
  • Stompers Walking Group
  • Grumbleweeds at The Foresters
  • Pudsey & District Rambling Club
  • Listers Kettlewell-Re BOFRA Race Day
  • Phoenix Walking Club
  • Morley Pothole Club
  • Stewart Sykes Harrogate
  • Kilnsey Show
  • In Memory of Ian Eccles
  • Buckden Fell Race

Our grateful thanks for donations go to the following

  • Hetties Cafe Skipton
  • Mr Rothery
  • Bradford Senior Wayfarers
  • Yorks Subteranneum Society
  • Otley Walkers
  • U3A Walk to Lunch Group
  • Ian Jerome
  • Walking Disasters
  • Will of John Gilderdale Birkenshaw
  • Otley Canine Society Charity Day

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • S Spence
  • Lothersdale Y F C
  • Otley Womens Forum
  • Grassington Horticultural Society/Dave Hobson
  • H F Holidays
  • Ilkley & District M C
  • Ilkley & District Jubilee Rally
  • Skipton Ukelele Band playing at a W I Meeting Long Preston
  • Al Hodge in Memory Milly Bielby
  • R J Fort

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Jean Harpur
  • Leeds Mountaineering Club
  • M Renton
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Mrs Mary Blackie in Memory of Her Husband Mick
  • D Whewell
  • Pauline Sleight
  • In Memory of Milly Bielby
  • Nigel Emery
  • Fountaines Hospital Charity
  • C N C C for Cave-Link
  • Friends Of UWFRA
  • Ian Appleyard
  • In Memory of Jeff Willis

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • Brenda Oates
  • West Riding Masonic Charities
  • St Andrews Church Skipton
  • Walking Disasters
  • In Memory of M J P Blackie Reigate
  • Buckden Knit and Natter Group
  • In Memory of James Howker Skipton
  • In Memory of Stanley Metcalfe Kettlewell
  • The R E Chadwick Charitable Trust
  • Great Whernside Race
  • Skipton Ukulele Club
  • Embsay W. I.
  • Addingham Wednesday Group Coffee Morning
  • Dallowgill W I.

Our grateful thanks for donations go to the following

  • Bradford C H A
  • Craven Naturalists
  • Buckden Carol Singers
  • M J K Thomas
  • Mrs A Preston
  • Christmas Raffle Long Ashes Caravan Club
  • Ilkley Harriers Christmas Quiz
  • Dacre Church Carol Service
  • Mrs Anderson Keighley
  • Mr J S Watkins
  • Nelson & District Rambling Club
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Janice Shearman's Retirement Ceilidh in Harrogate
  • Bet Ted at The Winter Cricket Fixture Appletreewick v Malham included some Horse Racing
  • P Gilmore D of E Leader Ashville College
  • Steph Roe who again delivered Christmas Cards in the Buckden Area
  • Jean Harpur
  • Mrs H Follows

We Wish To Thank All Those Who Have Given Us Great Support During 2015

May you all have A Peaceful and Prosperous New Year

To those who sent us Donations in December. Grateful Thanks

  • The Priory Church Bolton Abbey
  • M G Club Harrogate
  • C E J Kingsman
  • Skipton Ukelele Club
  • J N Cordingley
  • Don Cole
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Burnsall School
  • Joan Clarkson
  • Pauline Rose
  • The Rambling Club Bolton
  • The Family and Friends of Joe Lister who organised a Football Match on the Tenth Anniversary of his tragic death.

Our thanks go to

  • Yeadon & Guiseley Motor Club
  • Debbie Young London to Paris bike ride in memory of her stepfather who had an accident in Buckden
  • S Benson Sale of surplus potatoes
  • Yorks Dales Caravan centre
  • Skipton Ukelele Band
  • Dave Brook
  • Burnsall Sports
  • Dallowgill W I
  • J S W T W Ripon
  • Wharfedale Naturalists Society
  • H M L Skipton
  • Burnsall Village Hall
  • Craven U3A Walking Group
  • St Peters Church Addingham The Wulferans
  • Vibram Mountaineering Club

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Omar Shah Ilkley
  • Peter & Sheila Aaron -golden Wedding
  • Walking Disasters
  • Pateley Bridge Walking Festival
  • Addingham Wednesday Club
  • Pannal Wives
  • Yorks Dales Caravan Rally After Dog Rescue
  • Skipton Ukelele Club

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • Dr J Bilbrough
  • Estate of Eileen Callaghan Keighley
  • Mrs R A Hargreaves -- The Edinburgh Marathon
  • B M C Area Meeting
  • Stuart Farley |Sponsorship W3P
  • Knaresborough Lions Bed Race

Our thanks go to

  • Walking Disasters
  • Wharfedale Caravan Club Coffee Morning
  • In Memory of Mrs Marjorie Turner
  • Mr Starbuck B-B-Q at Long Ashes
  • Hetton Methodists Musical Evening

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • R Craig Otley
  • Rachel Taylor Bradford
  • Bradford Pothole Club Gaping Gill Meet
  • Buckden Fell Race
  • Brian Scowcroft
  • Mr A T S Groom Bradford
  • Yorkshire Building Society. Skipton Branch
  • Davis & Hilary Open Garden Day with Tea & Coffee
  • Dale Eddison Skipton
  • Ilkley Moornotes Community Choir
  • Grassington Field Society Walk led by David Joy

Our thanks go to

  • Hilary Toyn
  • Capital Cards Glasgow
  • Wetherby Lions
  • Pudsey & District Rambling Club
  • David Ashby & Rob Shaw -- Indian Food at the Festival
  • Bake-a-Break Stall Ashville School Juniors
  • Kilnsey Show
  • Getech Group Leeds
  • Phoenix Walking Club Whitley Bay
  • Terrier Racing --Craven Arms Appletreewick

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations

  • K J Wells
  • A K Canfer
  • Walking Disasters
  • Friends of St Michaels Church Linton
  • Otley Walkers
  • Wharfedale Wanderers
  • Anon following Cow & Calf Accident
  • Morley Pothole Club
  • No 4 Linton Falls
  • Sue Wilkinson Coffee Morning
  • J Pearson in Memory of John Hedley
  • Olicana Society
  • Camping & Caravan Rally Raffle
  • Dr Nunn

Our thanks go to

  • Paddy Daly, How Stean Folk Night
  • F Arnott, Grassington
  • Anon
  • Dave Whewell
  • Ilkley & District Motor Club
  • Ilkley Jubilee Historic Rally
  • The Spooner Charitable Trust

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations in March

  • Mr M J Lumb Grantley
  • Craven Arms Appletreewick Ferrett Racing Evening
  • The Yorks Adult School Union
  • Threshfield Court Coffee Morning
  • Mrs J C Robinson
  • Mr A Parrington Addingham
  • Mrs J Idle
  • H F Holidays
  • Burnside House Coffee Morning
  • St Peters Addingham
  • Alwyn Knowles
  • Farnley W I/Skipton Ukulele Visit
  • Mr J K Gilderdale
  • The CMC/BMC/UWFRA Quiz
  • The Friendship Club Grassington
  • Ripon Runners

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following

  • Walking Disasters
  • Embsay Over 50''s Forum
  • J R Brook
  • Upper Wharfedale Field Society
  • Bingley Reform Church
  • Horsforth Fellandale
  • Menston Methodist Church
  • Silsden Stompers Walking Group
  • Fiveways Charity
  • Bramhope Methodists

We thank our many Supporters and Friends for their kindnesses this month

  • Mr K C Broad
  • Grassington Moorkeepers
  • Donations in lieu of Flowers at the Funeral of Colin Bateson (rescued from Dow Cave in the 70''s).
  • Brian Pearson
  • Hebden Sports Committee
  • Donations from John Hedley''s Funeral Service Boston Spa
  • Wendy Riley''s Birthday Party Daughter of Fred Clayton our former President
  • Appletreewick Cricket Club Winter Match
  • D Croft Selling Pancakes (Crepes) in Addingham during the Tour De France
  • Steph Roe again delivering Christmas Cards in the Buckden Area. Well Done
  • Nelson C H A Rambling Club
  • Pateley Bridge Walking Festival
  • The Walking Disasters
  • Wetherby Classic Cars Meeting and Talk
  • Polaris Montaineering Club
  • Mrs Barbara Barwick Nelson Worshipful Master -- Lady Freemason Skipton
  • J B Meay''s Butchers of Rawdon selling Tea & Coffee to the queueing customers at Christmas
  • Horsforth 10K Race
  • Mr & Mrs Hargreaves

We Wish To Thank All Those Who Have Given Us Great Support During 2014

May you all have A Peaceful and Prosperous New Year

To those who sent us Donations in December. Grateful Thanks

  • Grassington Moor Shooters
  • Beckett''s & Ibbotson''s Trust
  • Mr Moffat
  • Harrogate Rotary Club
  • Otley Mens Forum
  • ABC Supper Club
  • Silsden Game of Thrones
  • Eastburn Junior School
  • Rachel Vickers
  • David Hobson
  • Amerdale Hall Committee
  • Mrs Clarkson
  • Glynnis Holmes
  • Sutton in Craven P C C
  • Friends. In Memory of Joan Maxfield
  • K R Lister
  • Mrs S J Hartley
  • Mrs J Bosomworth
  • Bradford CHA RAmbling & Social Club
  • Friends. In Memory of Mark Adrian Nicholls

Many sincere thanks to our Supporters for their kind donations in November.

  • Burnsall Sports
  • Leeds Guide Assoc Clog Club
  • B A Stevenson
  • J Critchelow
  • JR & Mrs JM Roberts
  • Highdown Hill Mountaineering & Walking Club

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a scheme used by charities and donors to reclaim tax on charitable donations. This means if you are a tax payer the Association can reclaim tax on your recorded donations. This increases the income to the association by 25%.

For every £1 you give, our Team will receive an extra 25p.