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Charity donation boosts mountain rescue

Posted 11 October 2010
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Charity donation boosts mountain rescue
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Those planning to go walking in the Lake District may be safer after new cash was donated to help mountain rescue teams train people in the event of severe flooding.

Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association appealed for help after experiencing a severe strain on its resources in last November's floods when heavy rain overwhelmed Cumbria.

Now, Cumbria Community Foundation has donated £35,000 for training in rescue for future flood emergencies.

Those putting on waterproof jackets and braving wet weather in the county may now be more confident of getting the right help should the weather deteriorate rapidly and create a similar situation.

One of the consequences of last year's flooding was widespread damage to many paths, with extensive inspections being carried out to assess how badly they were affected.

The national park authority carried out repairs to over 80 public rights of way, with popular routes suffering damage, including the west shore of Windermere and numerous routes around Buttermere.

Posted by Brandon Egley