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Jasper missing dog fund boost for Wasdale rescue team

Adam Nolan and Jasper Image copyright Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption Adam Nolan said he was "over the moon" at Jasper's safe return

A fund set up by a grateful dog owner has raised almost £50,000 for a Lake District mountain rescue team.

Adam Nolan took to social media when his dog, Jasper, went missing during a walk up Scafell Pike on 2 November.

The #FindJasper campaign went viral and the animal was located four days later by Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

It prompted Mr Nolan, of Cleator Moor, to organise a JustGiving page for the rescue team and the total raised has now reached £49,273.

Members of the public, a helicopter and mountain rescue volunteers were involved in the search for Jasper who was eventually located on a ledge near the summit of Scafell Pike.

'Heart-warming'

The Wasdale team succeeded in bringing the dog down in the early hours of 6 November.

Mr Nolan said he was "over the moon" at Jasper's safe return, and thanked everyone involved.

Speaking about the fund-raising campaign, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said: "It is heart-warming to know that this level of support is out there and we are very humbled with the level of funds that have been donated.

"This comes at a fortuitous time because the team is seeking to build a new base, which could cost up to £500,000 and we anticipate that we will use the funds for this purpose."

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