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Events > 2012

Light the Wainwrights
28th April 2012

Members of the Wainwright Society were among hundreds who climbed a Lakeland fell as part of an event to light up the district’s mountains to commemorate a police officer who was killed.

The Light the Lakes event was organised by Sergeant Ian Davis, chair of the Surrey Police Federation, to raise cash for the family of Detective Constable Heather Cooper, the 33-year-old whose body was found in Blackdown Woods, West Sussex.

Wainwright Society members climbed Latrigg, the 368m (1,207ft) hill overlooking Keswick, at 4.30am on the 28th April 2012 as their part in the challenge. The fellwalkers lit lanterns and lights on the summit and a total of £200 was raised from member donations and £100 was given by the Society.

The Light the Lakes challenge aimed to put walkers on each of the 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District and illuminate a lamp or torch just before dawn in memory of DC Heather Cooper. The detective, originally from York, left two young children. The Light the Lakes appeal hopes to raise £30,000 to match a similar amount already pledged by the Police Federation.

photo © Rob Kane