A man who prompted a 48-hour search in sub-zero temperatures has paid a mountain rescue team a visit and dropped off a substantial donation.

In January 2018, Richard Cockerham, went missing while climbing Scafell Pike and volunteers from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team rushed to his aid.

The treacherous weather made the search extremely difficult and the search was made a silver level, a higher alert level than most routine rescues.

Teams from across Cumbria and further afield joined in the search.

At the height of the search, it involved over 70 team members, plus Coastguard helicopter crews and 12 specially-trained search dogs.

Mr Cockerham was found "safe and well" in the Silverybield Crag area heading towards the Upper Eskdale area stuck in boggy ground.

The 29-year-old, from Leeds, was airlifted to Furness General Hospital in Barrow after being found.

Since his miraculous escape 18 months ago, Mr Cockerham is still in recovery from his ordeal, after he had sustained injuries to his wrists, legs and was suffering from mild hypothermia at the time.

Over the weekend he paid a special visit to Wasdale Mountain Rescues new base in Gosforth and made a large donation.

Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, is also a member of the Wasdale team.

"I honestly thought we were looking for a body." Mr Warren said.

"The company who Mr Cockerham works for hosted a charity auction and they chose the Mountain Rescue Team to be the recipients."

The total raised to date is more than £3,000 for the team and Mr Cockerham along with his girlfriend travelled from the south to personally drop the donation off.

Mr Warren added: "It is always great to meet up with those we have rescued, family members and friends. We wish them both well. A remarkable success story of survival."