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Buxton mountain rescuers in vehicle appeal

The Buxton team's existing support vehicle
Image caption The existing support vehicle will be turned into a mobile control centre

A Peak District mountain rescue team has launched an appeal to help raise funds for a new support vehicle.

The Buxton team wants to replace its "Mobile Two" minibus, which accompanies the front line Land Rover on callouts, with a new four-wheel-drive version.

It will cost nearly £40,000 to purchase and modify the vehicle to transport equipment, rescuers and casualties.

The upgrade will improve the volunteers' ability to respond to incidents in winter.

A spokesman said the team had been saving for the expenditure for some time, but needed help turning the plans into reality.

He said the old vehicle "still has a year or two left in it" and would be converted it into a mobile control room.

The team, which relies entirely on public donations, attends an average of 60 callouts a year.

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