All the teams and regional bodies are financially independent although there is some movement of funds up and down the system. The MRC, the regional bodies and the teams each raise virtually all the funds which they require for their own use. While the greatest part of the funding for mountain rescue as a whole comes from donations and collecting boxes there are several other sources of help which should be mentioned.
This is due to:-
It is the wish of almost all those involved in Mountain Rescue that we should continue to provide a free service. There would be little chance of collecting a fee from the majority of our clients. A great number are either young people or retired or unemployed. Insurance is not an easy answer as it is almost impossible to define a 'mountain' in this country when towns such as Sheffield and Manchester have high moorland (over 450 metres) and crags within their city boundaries. A study of the accident figures shows that many rescues occur in areas which are not particularly high and which the local inhabitants would call 'dog walking' country.
The honorary treasurer handles
quite large sums of money, passing on to teams
and regions various grants received from time
to time for training etc. He also coordinated
a scheme where the purchase of the greater part
of the medical and first aid equipment is funded
by various regional health authorities through
the ambulance service. In Wales a similar scheme
exists through the Welsh office.