Appeal for injured mountain rescue volunteer raises £500,000

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: PA MEDIA
Photo credit: PA MEDIA

From Runner's World

  • Chris Lewis, a member of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District, has been in intensive care after falling when going to the aid of campers, who were breaking lockdown restrictions.

  • Lewis has suffered spinal injuries during his fall.

More than £500,000 has been raised for the injured volunteer mountain rescuer, who fell 500ft when trying to help the campers. The campers, from Liverpool and Leicester, both received a £200 fine for breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules.

The sum was raised for Lewis within 48 hours of his fall. He was airlifted to a hospital in Preston, where he is in intensive care.

A colleague called the support 'phenomenal' and told BBC News it may take 12-months to understand the full implications of his friend's fall.

'We won't really know what functionality Chris will have until he's been through rehab.

'The funds will pay for things like a wheelchair and any adaptations to property if they're needed, possibly a vehicle.

'I've spoken to him every couple of days. As he can't use his hands because of his injuries, he relies on an intensive care nurse to hold the phone.

'He's remarkably positive about moving on and doing what's required.'

Chris Lewis' Just Giving page is still open here.

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