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Search and Rescue team in Berkshire to receive share of £1m funding

Berkshire Lowland Rescue has been given over £30,000 to help their operation. Picture credits: Department for Transport

One of the oldest Search and Rescue teams in the UK, which operates across Berkshire, is to receive a share of £1m funding.

Berkshire Lowland Rescue is the oldest Lowland Search and Rescue team in the country and the charity will be given over £38,000 that can support their recovery missions.

Rob Jackson from the charity said:

“This funding will help us immensely.

"We will now be able to purchase game changing equipment like thermal imaging cameras and a brand new vehicle – helping us to carry vital equipment and people to incidents and support our emergency services in searches for missing people.

“As a charity which relies solely on donations, this grant means that we as volunteers can support communities and make a difference to other people’s lives.” 

In total, fifty charities will receive the funding for essential search and rescue equipment, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (20/02/20).

It will support teams rescue people stranded by floodwater, locate missing people and continue to carry out lifesaving work.

Other national volunteer teams have also received new lifeboats such as Freshwater Independent Lifeboat on the Isle of Wight and Maryport Inshore Rescue in Cumbria.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“Our rescue boat teams carry out vital work to keep our rivers, lakes and inshore areas safe.

“These inspirational charities and their dedicated volunteers save lives every day, and this additional funding will ensure that they have the craft, equipment, and resources to provide these services year-round."

Since launching in 2014, the Rescue Boat Grant Fund has provided £5.7m to 104 charities across the UK.

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