A TEENAGER was rescued by a mountain team after he broke his leg in Guisborough woods.

David Barraclough had gone out for a walk on the Highcliff in the woods when he slipped and injured his leg on May 27.

He could not move so he texted his mum Sue.

Sue said: "I went into panic-mode he was completely disorientated."

Sue phoned one of her friends from Cleveland Mountain Rescue who then went out to help David.

Luckily, a passer-by had come across David and stayed with him until the rescue team arrived.

Gary Clarke, one of the rescue team's volunteers, said: "We got a call to a report of this 15-year-old boy. We carried him down to the ambulance. He had a fractured leg."

David was taken to James Cook Hospital and will be in a cast for six months.

Sue said: "David would like to thank everyone that helped."

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team have launched a Community Crowd Funder appeal via the Aviva Community Fund initiative.

The Team which is a charity has to raise on average £42,000 each year to cover the costs of their life saving work.

This year their traditional fundraising methods are being adversely affected by the Covid-19 restrictions so they are having to come up with alternative ideas to generate essential funding.

A number of local organisations have provided a range of grants that will help to support the team this year but they still need to raise more to cover an expected shortfall.

A target of £2,000 has been set via the crowd funding appeal but ideally the team would like to raise more as they anticipate the shortfall will be in the region of £15,000.

So far this year, the team has been called out 21 times.

They assist with searching for missing people and runners, walkers and climbers who may have fallen and injured themselves.

Gary said: "Most of the incidents we get called out for are searches for people who are missing - that can be people lost on the Moors in bad weather or who have lost their bearings. The majority of searches are for vulnerable people who have depression or alzheimers."

To donate go to www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/keep-cleveland-mountain-rescue-running-during-covid-19