Fund-raiser to thank rescuers for saving George

Date: Friday 8th December 2017
Left to right are Helen Cooper, Carol Smith, John Hulse handing over the cheque, George, and Kath Dyer.
Left to right are Helen Cooper, Carol Smith, John Hulse handing over the cheque, George, and Kath Dyer.

AFTER hearing that a dog had been rescued from a sinkhole by Kirkby Stephen mountain rescuers, two Asby residents decided to raise funds for the team.

Jackie Smart and Carol Smith heard how golden retriever, George, fell 12ft into the sinkhole at Great Asby Scar earlier in November and was rescued by the Kirkby Stephen team.

The pair decided to hold a coffee and cake open day to raise cash, which was well supported by villagers who were served by both Jackie and Carol and also Helen Cooper. A total of £270.50 was raised.

Visitors even had chance to meet George, along with his owners, Anne and John Hulse.

Members of Kirkby Stephen mountain rescue team attended the open day, including Kath Dyer, who rescued George from the hole.

Anne made an illustrated timeline of the rescue which included photos taken by the rescue team.

People noted that it could easily have been a child who fell down the hole and how lucky George was to be rescued unscathed.

ABOVE: Left to right are Helen Cooper, Carol Smith, John Hulse handing over the cheque, George, and Kath Dyer.