A FUNDRAISER for an injured mountain rescue volunteer has officially surpassed the £1 million mark.

After almost three months of fundraising, people across Cumbria and the rest of the country have contributed to the JustGiving page, donating hundreds-of-thousands to support Patterdale Mountain Rescue volunteer, Chris Lewis.

The experienced team member suffered life-changing injuries after falling 150 metres while making his way to assist a camper on Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass on February 6.

Days later, the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association set up a JustGiving page in support of Mr Lewis, with the aim of raising £1 million for the dedicated rescuer.

And thanks to 38,124 supporters donating £857,069 – with additional Gift Aid funds of £172,246 – the target has been hit and surpassed in less than three months, with total funds raised reaching more than £1,029,315.

Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, said: "I am extremely grateful for the level of support that has been given to Chris Lewis and his family following the tragic accident.

"The fundraising has been incredible, and it's fantastic that so much has been raised to support Chris, who will need significant funds to cover his costs over the forthcoming years as he struggles to recover from his injuries."

Mr Lewis continues to receive professional care for his spinal injury, with months and years of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of him, and every penny of the fundraiser will go towards helping him and his family through the difficult time.

Mr Warren continued: "The accident sent shockwaves throughout the Mountain Rescue community in Cumbria and throughout the rest of the county, and the region's teams are so grateful to everybody, not just for the financial support, but for the comments and messages that came in to get Chris and his family through it all."

He added that accidents on the fells can happen to anyone, regardless of experience, and it is always important to prepare and plan your trip well before heading out on hikes.

To make a donation in support of Mr Lewis, visit the JustGiving page here.