Wainwright Society members on Latrigg

Wainwright Society members on Latrigg

Aficionados of the late Alfred Wainwright climbed a Lakeland fell as part in an event to light up the district’s mountains.

Fourteen members of the Wainwright Society were among hundreds who lit lights on the summits of the fells described by the author in an event to commemorate a police officer who was killed.

The Light the Lakes event was organised by Sergeant Ian Davis, chair of the Surrey Police Federation, to raise cash for the family of Detective Constable Heather Cooper, the 33-year-old whose body was found in Blackdown Woods, West Sussex.

Wainwright Society members climbed Latrigg, the 368m (1,207ft) hill overlooking Keswick, as their part in the challenge.

The fellwalkers lit lanterns and lights on the summit.

Derek Cockell, spokesman for the society said: “As well as lighting up their chosen Wainwright they also raised £200 in donations from society members.”

The Light the Lakes challenge aimed to put walkers on each of the 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District and illuminate a lamp or torch just before dawn in memory of DC Heather Cooper.

Cumbria Constabulary’s chief constable Stuart Hyde was among those planning to take part.

The detective, originally from York, left two young children. The Light the Lakes appeal hopes to raise £30,000 to match a similar amount already pledged by the Police Federation.

Ms Cooper’s partner Peter Foster was arrested and has been charged with her murder.

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