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The operating costs of a Mountain Rescue Team are, as you can imagine, quite significant. Technical rescue hardware is extremely expensive, for example a mountain rescue stretcher alone costs well over €1,000, and a full set of replacement radios costs in the region of €18,000. Most of the equipment utilised by a MRT has a ‘shelf life’, and therefore needs to be regularly replaced on a rollover basis. Add to this the cost of vehicles and diesel etc. and it is easy to see how costs can mount.
In the case of Donegal MRT operating costs currently run at well over €50,000 per annum, which includes equipment, training, insurances and routine running expenses. The Team currently receives annual grant support from the Irish Coastguard, Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council, however this falls far short of annual running costs, and the balance must be met by the Team’s own fundraising efforts, which include collections days, collection boxes in public places, an annual dinner and individual donations.
All donations would be welcomed (and acknowledged if you desire), and we would be happy to discuss sponsorship arrangements and fundraising events with interested parties. If you are an individual hillwalker, a company representative, or perhaps the treasurer of a club with a small surplus of funds at the end of the year, please bear us in mind!
Donegal Mountain Rescue Team
(Registered Charity No. CHY16541)
Donations can be sent to:
Donegal MRT Treasurer,
Or if you prefer, donations can be paid directly into the Team bank account (details below). If you would like your donation to be acknowledged, please be sure to include your name and address with your donation.
Donegal Mountain Rescue Team
Sort Code 98-62-40
Account Number 46160065
If you plan to donate to DMRT, there are ways in which the tax on the donation can be reclaimed from the taxman. This can happen in one of two ways:
1.If you are a PAYE-only taxpayer, DMRT can reclaim the tax on the sum donated if the total is over €250 in the tax year. If you fill out a very short form we will reclaim the tax paid. This significantly increases the value of your donation to us. The tax system does not allow the taxpayer to reclaim this tax. For further information please see http://www.revenue.ie/leaflets/chy2.doc
2.If any of your tax is paid by the self assessment method, you may reclaim the tax paid on the donated amount by including the DMRT receipt in your annual tax return.
If you plan to donate to DMRT, we would respectfully suggest the following:
PAYE-only taxpayers: If you wish, please complete the CHY2 form and send to us if your donations in one year exceed €250.
Self-assessed: In deciding on the amount of a donation to DMRT, please consider that you will be able to reclaim a significant amount of tax, eg. if you pay the 42% rate of tax, a donation of €1,800 will have a net cost to you of less than €500. Please see our simple calculator to see the significant tax benefits of donating to DMRT