ASHBURTON-based Dartmoor rescue volunteers have received one of their most poignant donations, a cheque for £1,200 from the family of a local kayaker.
The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team's Ashburton section receiving £2,000 from the Ashburton and Buckfasteigh Rotarians and £200 from team member Ian Ridley’s ‘Exeter to Everest’ talk and slideshow on his successful summit of the mountain in June this year.
A team spokesman said: "All are gratefully received and allow us to continue to provide vital lifesaving work to members of the Dartmoor, South and East Devon community.
"However, the final donation of the week was the most poignant."
The spokesman explained that Andrew Crompton from Abbotskerswell enjoyed an evening hurling down the upper Dart expertly kayaking along with close friends in July.
He added: "Returning home retelling tales of his evening to his family with the enthusiam that only comes when you have a passion and skill for a hobby, he then sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep that night aged just 53.
"Karen, his wife, contacted us as following his funeral, his family and many frends had a collection in his memory and raised almost £1,200 for the team.
"We were deeply touched and invited Karen and her children to the team's rescue base near Ashburton to thank them personally and show them around the equipment and vehicles.
"The visit finshed with the cheque presentation to Alan Pewsey our Fundraising Officer, with a ‘Certificate of Gratitude’ presented to Karen as a token of the team’s appreciation for the donation in Andrew’s memory."