The duck race will help raise funds for the Patterdale team's activities

The duck race will help raise funds for the Patterdale team's activities

Mountain rescuers will be going quackers tomorrow in a bid to raise funds.

Volunteers from the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team will stage their annual duck race to help with their bills.

The race, near the Glenridding information centre car park, is held each Easter Monday and can involve up to 2,000 plastic ducks.

Visitors and supporters can buy tickets for the race, which starts at 3pm.

A team spokesperson said: “This could win you a great prize and raise money for a much needed cause: mountain rescue.”

The Patterdale team, in common with all the UK’s volunteer mountain rescue teams, relies mainly on public donations and fundraising events such as the duck race to finance its activities through the year.

Its unpaid members cover about 140 sq km (54 sq miles) of some of highest land in England, including Helvellyn, High Street, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.

The team has carried out more than 1,000 rescues since it was established in 1964, averaging about 60 callouts every year.

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