York & North Yorkshire

Avalanche victim John Taylor leaves 'lasting legacy'

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Media captionThe charity has bought new equipment with cash raised in memory of climber John Taylor

Money raised by friends and family of a Yorkshire climber who died in an avalanche in the Alps has created a "lasting legacy", a charity said.

John Taylor, 48, from Upper Poppleton, near York, died on 12 July 2012 on Mont Maudit, along with 47-year-old Steve Barber and Roger Payne, 55.

Mr Taylor volunteered as a dogsbody to help train dogs for the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA),

The charity has now been given £2,500 to buy new training equipment.

'Hits home'

Wayne Thackray, from SARDA, said: "Without that we wouldn't be able to train our dogs to do the work that we do, so John, and his family and his friends who have given their money are creating a lasting legacy.

"This equipment will go to service our dogsbodies and continue to train dogs for the foreseeable future."

A dogsbody hides out on the hills pretending to be lost, so the dogs can be trained to help rescue people.

Mr Thackray added: "He has left an empty space for quite a few of us.

"It's still fresh in our minds, and as people who are mountaineers and walkers and climbers, obviously the circumstances in which John lost his life is something that hits home for us."

Image caption Wayne Thackray said the money will help them train more dogs like Dodge

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