On Saturday 6 February, Chris Lewis, a member of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, was seriously injured following a 150m fall. Chris was out on a rescue when he sustained life-changing injuries and is likely to need long-term support once he gets out of hospital.
In order to raise money to support Chris’s recovery and his ongoing support, Bath University Mountaineering Club are getting together to run and walk as much ascent as they possibly can in one week. Chris, like most UK Mountain Rescue members, was a volunteer who donated his own time to help the outdoor community and now BUMC wants to give their time to help a fellow mountaineer.
The club is attempting to walk or run as much elevation gain as possible between Monday 22 March and Sunday 28 March to raise money for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association who will be supporting Chris with his recovery. So far, they’ve managed a staggering 6310m of elevation and the figure is only getting higher!
This fundraiser was the brainchild of Jon, Chair of BUMC and fellow Cumbrian who heard about Chris’s accident. Talking about the challenge, Jon said “I am immensely proud to be involved in raising money for Chris. The Mountain rescue provides an invaluable service to everyone in the outdoors. Chris made huge sacrifices to save the lives of strangers and now we can do something to help him and his family.”
Rob Cook has also played a huge role in the planning and promotion of this event. He told us “It’s been great to be able to raise money for another member of the outdoor community and the level of effort from club members has been amazing. I’m optimistic that over the last few days we’ll be able to add to our totals and really make a difference.”
So far, BUMC has raised an impressive £640 and you can follow their journey on their Instagram.