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Grateful walker raises cash for Mountain Rescue Team

Posted 12 January 2012
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Grateful walker raises cash for Mountain Rescue Team
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Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team has received a donation of £1,700 towards its work after a walker it helped off a mountain last year set about raising the cash for them.

Anna Carruthers, a member of a walking group based in Rosley near Wigton in Cumbria, fell in July last year and suffered a head injury, with the Patterdale team being called out and helping to get her airlifted to hospital in Carlisle.

Once recovered, she and six fellow members of the group set off with their backpacks and walking boots to walk the full 84-mile length of Hadrian's Wall to raise the funds.

Ms Carruthers commented: "I think local people already appreciate the work our mountain rescue teams do but knowing someone who's needed their help brings it all closer to home."

Being properly equipped for walking is another way people can add to the resources of Mountain Rescue - by not wasting their time and expense on avoidable call-outs.

Earlier this week, Wasdale Mountain Rescue criticised a lone walker who called them out because he had got lost while descending Scafell Pike, having decided to climb England's highest mountain without an Ordnance Survey map.