£2,000 in memory of tragic Billington climber (35)

FAMILY MAN: Martin Peel.
FAMILY MAN: Martin Peel.

The family of Martin Peel, the climber who died in a Lake District fall last month, have thanked people who donated more than £2,000 for good causes in his name.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, who tried to save father-of-two Mr Peel after he slipped on hard ice and fell 600 feet at Walker’s Gully, West Cumbria, are among the organisations that will receive a share of the £2,133.

Clitheroe Round Table donated £500 of the total.

The North West Air Ambulance and Bowland Mountain Rescue will also receive donations, and some of the cash will go towards “Martin’s Tree”, a mountain ash with a memorial plaque in Waddington Road cemetery, Clitheroe.

Mr Peel’s wife, Theresa, said: “The family want to thank the public for being so generous. The support we have had has been so overwhelming.”

Mr Peel (35), from Billington, was fruit and vegetable manager at Booths supermarket in Clitheroe, and was a keen outdoorsman and an experienced climber.

The day before he died, he had realised an ambition by scaling Nape’s Needle, an iconic challenge for climbers..

His family are planning a fund-raising social event later this year to raise more money for the causes that Martin would have wanted to help.