Author Lee Child's £10k to Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Lee Child Lee Child offered the donation when he heard the team's vehicle was written off

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Author Lee Child, who is behind the best-selling Jack Reacher series, has pledged £10,000 towards a new vehicle for Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).

Members said the British-born writer offered the donation because his brother is a senior member of the team.

Its former control vehicle was written off in a collision last year.

Author Mr Child, born in Coventry but now based in USA, has written 16 books in the Jack Reacher series, selling 50m copies worldwide.

He said of the mountain rescue team: "They're a modest bunch and wouldn't dream of singing their own praises, but the truth is they're real experts - intrepid on the mountains and innovative in river searches.

"Their control vehicle, which was wrecked through no fault of their own, was world class and copied by the police and the military.

Welsh excellence

"I was delighted to offer a donation toward its replacement but they need more.

"So if you've ever enjoyed a walk in the country, or want to back Welsh excellence, please do the same."

His Reacher character is a former military policeman who roams the US, combating crime rings and conspiracies.

One of the books, One Shot, is being made into a film starring Tom Cruise as Reacher.

The author offered the £10,000 donation after Brecon MRT's control vehicle was written off in a collision during a call-out last September.

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There's still a long way to go, but it puts us in a position now where we can see the light at the end of tunnel”

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His brother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was "exceptionally grateful" for the donation.

"It was volunteered by Lee Child when he heard the situation Brecon Mountain Rescue Team was in," he said.

Mark Jones, deputy team leader, said the control vehicle would cost about £65,000 to replace and equip with radios, mapping software and other equipment.

He said: "At the moment we're getting by on the goodwill of the police, and a vehicle they have lent us short term.

"But we can't go on indefinitely with the loan vehicle - it has to go back at some point.

"This donation is fantastic. There's still a long way to go, but it puts us in a position now where we can see the light at the end of tunnel."

Control vehicle

Mr Jones said the team is funded entirely through donations, and needed a new vehicle to coordinate searches for missing people across south and mid Wales.

He said Mr Child's brother was helping to design the interior of the replacement control vehicle.

He added: "We've still got £20,000 to go to reach our target so we would appeal to anyone who has been helped in the past by our members, or regularly walks in the mountains around Brecon and mid Wales, to think of us."

Mr Child started writing after being fired from his job as a presentation director at Granada Television in 1995.

He recently became the first British author to sell a million e-books for Amazon's Kindle reading device.

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