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Mountain Rescue receive £63,000 thanks to dog appeal

A cheque for £63,000 has been handed to the mountain rescue team that searched for missing dog Jasper earlier this month.

He was lost around Scafell Pike in the Lake District for three days. His owner Adam Nolan was so grateful that he set up a fundraising page for the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, which saw donations pouring in.

Kim Inglis has been catching up with Adam.

'The amount of positive outcomes have been unreal'

Jasper the collie dog that went missing on Scafell Pike and owner Adam Nolan are hoping life will get back to normal for them in Cleator Moor after a round of media appearances. Wasdale Mountain Rescue found Jasper on his fourth night alone on the fell. An online social media campaign set up by Adam has raised 63 thousand pounds for Wasdale's new base.

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£63,000 cheque presented to Jasper's rescuers

A cheque for £63,000 was presented to the team. Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue

A cheque for £63,000 was handed to Wasdale Mountain Rescue team at their AGM last night.

It was presented by Adam Nolan. His dog, Jasper, went missing in the Scafell area for four days earlier this month.

findjasper took off on social media, and was shared hundreds of thousands of times.

It sparked a huge search effort, and eventually Jasper was found by Geoff Horky in the early hours of Thursday, November 6.

He called Wasdale Mountain Rescue team for assistance, and they were able to return the Border Collie to his owner.

Now, followers of the social media campaign have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the mountain rescue team, which is run by volunteers.

The team are saving up for a new base, which is estimated to cost around £500,000.

"This is a truly fantastic sum of money that we never expected or dreamed of and we will ensure that the funds are wisely spent, contributing towards a new base that will ensure a more efficient volunteer rescue service to meet the increasing demands in search and rescue across the Lake District."

– John Bamforth, Team Chairman

Video captures moment Jasper is found

A video has emerged of the moment the Border Collie, Jasper, was found.

After identifying Jasper from a distance Geoff Horky, who was helping Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team in the search, excitedly goes forward to rescue the dog after it had been missing for three days at Scafell Pike.

An appeal by his owner Adam Nolan on social media went viral when 250,000 people shared his photo and has helped raise over £50,000 for the Mountain Rescue Team.

Credit: Geoff Horky

Starlings on pylon could serve 'social function'

Our cameras captured thousands of starlings on an electricity pylon in Workington.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said a lot about starlings and their activity is still a bit of a mystery, but resting on the pylon before they go to roost probably serves some sort of social function and is part of their daily routine before they settle down for the night.

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£10,000 war memorial sparks conflict

There's anger that Carlisle City Council has decided not to allow a specially-commissioned memorial to be erected in the city, despite previously granting planning permission.

The 'Animals in War' memorial group raised £10,000 for the granite sculpture which honours animals killed in conflict.

But the council says it wasn't consulted during the design process and the final product is not up to the standard required. Now the city's MP has stepped into the row and is urging the council to reconsider.

Kenny Toal reports.

Fixers: Improving the image of bats

One young man from the South Lakes wants to improve the image of one of our most misunderstood mammals - the humble bat.

Adam Hall from Ambleside wants people to think again about a creature which is fascinating and useful. He's enlisted the help of Fixers, the campaign that gives young people a voice.

For more information about bats, visit:

Council says memorial 'not up to standard'

"We spent a lot of time working with the group. Planning permission was then granted, we provided the site and agreed to adopt and insure the memorial.

Following on from discussions about the siting (and the Council looking to take responsibility) the commissioning of the work had gone ahead without our involvement and we then undertook further discussions to ensure the finished memorial met the standards required or match the images provided during the planning process.

The finished memorial didn’t come up to the standards required. We requested some modifications to the completed memorial and although some changes were made, requests to make further modifications were refused."

– Cllr Colin Glover, Carlisle City Council
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