Mike Childs, left, receives the vehicle keys from Colin Todd of Lakeland Land Rover, with Mike Rippon, right. Photo: Patterdale MRT

Mike Childs, left, receives the vehicle keys from Colin Todd of Lakeland Land Rover, with Mike Rippon, right. Photo: Patterdale MRT

Rescuers in the Lake District have taken delivery of a new Land Rover after a successful fundraising appeal.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team received the keys to the Defender 110 after it was adapted for the team’s use.

An appeal to raise the £85,000 cost of the vehicle and its conversion began in July 2020. The team said it was the first of the new Defender models to be converted for mountain rescue use.

Patterdale MRT’s vehicle officer Mike Childs said: “We’re now back to full strength with four team vehicles and we’re looking forward to seeing the new Defender deal with the terrain around Ullswater and the demands of rescue.

“Colin and his team at Lakeland Land Rover have worked with us for many years and understand our requirements down to the fine details so the new Mobile 4 should be a great addition to our small fleet.”

Team leader Mike Rippon said: “This vehicle is a brilliant example of the support that the public has given Patterdale MRT and its members in the past 18 months.

“We know things have been tough for many people and the generosity that has enabled us to buy and adapt this vehicle is amazing.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated or raised funds for us – it is really appreciated. The summer months have been busy for the team and it’s good to be back to four vehicles in time for what is looking like a busy autumn too.”

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