The two men will carry a stretcher across the team's patch

The two men will carry a stretcher across the team's patch

Two mountain rescuers will tackle a mammoth stretcher-carry spanning their team’s patch.

Will Reed and Tom Fairchild, who are both members of the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, will walk almost 30 miles to raise awareness of the team’s work and that of the service across the country.

They plan to make the 47km journey from Walney Island on the Cumbrian coast to summit of Harter Fell at the head of the Duddon Valley on Saturday. Their route will take them through Askam, Kirkby in Furness, Foxfield and Seathwaite.

The pair, who have been team members for about two years, are also using their charity awareness walk to raise funds for the team, which is called out on average about 35 times each year.

The team’s base at Foxfield will also be open to members of the public from 11am to 1pm on the day, to coincide with the two walkers passing through. Other team members will be on hand to show the team’s equipment, vehicles and control centre, and there will be family entertainment.

The two men both live in the local area. Mr Fairchild is an engineer and Mr Reed is an outdoor tutor.

Duddon and Furness MRT was formed in 2003, when the Furness and Millom rescue teams combined. Its callouts range from finding missing or vulnerable people on the fells, rescues of those injured in any inaccessible places, to helping the ambulance service access remote places.

It has 40 voluntary members from all walks of life, providing a free emergency service for those in need, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Donations to the charity fundraiser can be made via the men’s MyDonate page.

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