Written on 16/02/21 by Paul Oldham

Chris Lewis Support Fund

In the early hours of 6th February, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to assist someone camping on Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass.

Whilst the team was making its way to the casualty, Chris Lewis, an experienced team member, fell 150 metres down a steep slope, sustaining life-changing injuries.

Chris Lewis, Patterdale MRT

Chris was given immediate medical attention by fellow team members and airlifted to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The original casualty was taken to hospital where he quickly recovered. The casualty and his companion had travelled from outside Cumbria and were fined for contravening Covid travel restrictions.

Chris is one of 40 volunteers in Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, from all walks of life and a wide range of ages. The team typically responds to approximately 70 incidents a year, usually, but not always, with less tragic consequences.

The severity of Chris' injuries cannot be overstated and he will need significant support for the rest of his life.

Here is the BBC coverage of the story.

Online donations are very welcome via this JustGiving page. Cheques can be sent to the LDSAMRA Treasurer using the contact details on their web site. Please make clear that the donation is for the Chris Lewis Support Fund. Thanks.

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