Support for rescue team

Lee Jones
Lee Jones

Friends and family of a Matlock teenager who died tragically in a mountaineering accident last year have rallied together to support the team who tried to save him.

Lee Jones, of Matlock, passed away following an accident on Scafell Pike, in Cumbria, in December last year.

Now those closest to the 19–year–old want to pay tribute to his memory by raising money for Wasdale Mountain Rescue.

While scaling the peak, he became separated from his friend due to snowfall.

A full search was launched for him, including a helicopter and sniffer dogs, however his body was discovered the next day.

This Saturday a group of seven will be taking part in a sponsored ten kilometre Water Wipeout obstacle race.

Lee’s girlfriend, Olivia Taylor, will be among those taking on the challenge.

“It’s an obstacle race designed by Royal Marines – so it looks absolutely awful,” she said.

“There are cargo nets and things like that.

“We have tried to do some training – we have all be going for runs and trying to do more as a team.”

An outgoing teen, Lee enjoyed running and mountain climbing.

He had attended Darley Dale Primary and Highfields School, and was working as a stove fitter for Matlock–based company Blood Brothers.

His girlfriend said that while taking part in outdoor physical activities was right up Lee’s street, it was somewhat out of the blue for her.

“Lee and his best friend actually wanted to do this course,” Olivia said.

“We wanted to do something that Lee would have loved.

“We just wanted to remember him and help the people who tried to save him.

“It was so awful for the mountain rescue team.

“They said that every team member took it personally.

“They don’t get many donations and we thought we should support them.

“We have all said that being part of a mountain rescue team would have been some thing Lee would have probably ended up doing.”

The fund–raisers have set up a Nat West account for all cash raised from the event to go into and they have also left sponsorship forms in several businesses.

Forms can be found in TPS Estates, Peli Deli, Bellissima, Blood Brothers, Little Gem and Crown Cards in Matlock, as well as Tucker’s in Matlock Bath.

This is the first in a number of fund–raising activities being arranged by people who loved Lee.

Olivia said: “We are going to get this out of the way and then there are going to be quite a few events.”

Further information on the fund–raising efforts being made in memory of Lee is available by visiting the ‘Lee Jones – Project Fundraising’ page on Facebook.