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An ex­pe­ri­enced hill walker him­self, was al­ways a keen sup­porter of the UK’s Moun­tain Res­cue teams but never ex­pected he’d one day need their as­sis­tance. In Jan­uary 2016, Paul and his border col­lie Sam got into dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing treach­er­ous win­ter con­di­tions in the fells above Lang­dale and were helped to safety by mem­bers of the Lang­dale and Am­ble­side Moun­tain Res­cue Team. Af­ter his or­deal, Paul wanted to give some­thing back and thought to him­self, “Any­one can do­nate more money, but is there some­thing else I can do? Then I saw a post on Face­book ask­ing for dogs­bod­ies.” Train­ing a search and res­cue dog takes time and prac­tice, and vol­un­teers are needed to act as ‘bod­ies’ dur­ing train­ing and as­sess­ment. “Es­sen­tially I go out and hide in the hills, and wait to be found” says Paul. And while that sounds sim­ple enough, be­ing a dogs­body can be very de­mand­ing. “I’ve been out in Bor­row­dale all day in mi­nus two con­di­tions. But you’re well wrapped up with a bivvy bag, your wel­fare’s checked up on and you can ra­dio to get out at any point.” Week­end train­ing ex­er­cises take place monthly. Find out more at: www.sar­daeng­ train­ing-in­for­ma­tion/dogs­bod­ies Bri­tain’s Moun­tain Res­cue Teams are run en­tirely by vol­un­teers and rely on do­na­tions to pur­chase and main­tain the spe­cial­ist life­sav­ing equip­ment and off-road ve­hi­cles they use. You’ll of­ten see mem­bers rais­ing funds on their patch and you too can get in­volved.

Whether it’s a cake sale or a spon­sored walk, there are loads of ways you can raise money, with web­sites like www.just­giv­ mak­ing do­nat­ing eas­ier than ever. You can do­nate to a lo­cal team or one of three na­tional bod­ies. Find out more about their work and how to do­nate at: www.moun­tain. res­ (Eng­land & Wales), www. scot­tish­moun­tain­res­ (Scot­land) and www.moun­tain­res­ (Ire­land).

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