Mountain rescue team welcomes New Defender

Patterdale MRT Vehicles Officer, Mike Childs, receives the keys to the New Defender from Colin Todd of Lakeland Land Rover (Crake International). From L to R: Mike Childs, Colin Todd and Mike Rippon.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) has received the keys to its new rescue vehicle from Colin Todd of Lakeland Land Rover. The vehicle is the first of the New Defender 110 models to be adapted for mountain rescue and the purchase and conversion was made possible by the success of an appeal to raise £85,000, which started in July 2020.

The Team’s Vehicle Officer is Mike Childs. He 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.”

Mike Rippon, Patterdale MRT’s Team Leader, 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.”