A GUISELEY climber who suffered severe injuries in an horrific fall last year has made a remarkable recovery to tackle a 22-mile run in aid of the fell rescue team that saved his life.

Will Mawson plunged 30 feet from the walls of Ilkley Quarry on Ilkley Moor when his climbing gear gave way in April last year.

The terrifying accident left him with a catalogue of injuries, including 11 broken ribs, a broken back, fractured skill, splintered clavicle and a punctured lung.

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) was quickly on the scene, helping to stabilise him and offer comfort as he lay in the quarry until experienced medical professionals arrived to treat him.

He was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency care.

Despite his injuries, Will, 24, who works at Guiseley-based outdoor activities equipment company, Facewest, has recovered with the aid of physiotherapy, nutrition and a careful training programme. And being a long-time fan of sports and outdoor activities, has got into running.

Described by his sister, Emily, as a "magnificent example of human determination and drive", he now plans to take on the Wharfedale Three Peaks run on June 25, raising money for UWFRA.

"If it wasn't for them I would have been dead," said Will.

Although his injuries were extensive, he only spent 11 days in hospital, before it was decided that as he had diabetes, he could best manage his condition from home, with the aid of strong painkillers.

But he was unable to lie down properly for weeks, and had to sleep in a sitting position.

He returned to work after just a month off.

"I've always kind of enjoyed outdoor stuff, and I'm not one for sitting still – I can't just sit and read books and watch films," Will added. "But I'm surprised how quickly I recovered."

Will found he quickly developed a real interest in running, although he has tried out climbing since the accident.

He praised the work of the paramedics and hospital staff, and is urging others to support UWFRA.

He said: "Many lives are saved from lots of different situations because of mountain rescue, so whether it's one pence or one million pounds, donate all you can. The whole association is reliant on donations and volunteers."

UWFRA receives no Government funding and services remain free to those who need it. Annual running costs are more than £40,000 and the rescue team relies on donations and fundraising events to continue to save lives.

Visit justgiving.com/runWharfedale to sponsor Will's run.

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