GOVERNMENT GIVES £915,000 BOOST TO WATER RESCUE CHARITIES

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Putting that into perspective, the RNLI, which depends on donations from the public and does not receive public funds, spends approximately £2 million on each Shannon Class All Weather Libeboat and its launching system

Projects across the UK awarded funding for rescue equipment and training.

Almost £1 million has been awarded by Maritime Minister Robert Goodwill today to 51 UK charities to support water rescue services in local communities.

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The Government scheme gives voluntary groups crucial funding for new equipment and training to support their rescue efforts on and around inland and inshore waterways.

 

The money is for the purchase of lifeboats, launch vehicles, rafts and safety gear, as well as going towards training and other costs to support lifesaving efforts.

 

This is the second year of the five-year scheme. In January 2015 more than £800,000 was awarded to 21 charities across the UK.

 

Details of those who have shared the £1.7 million Government funding over the last two years can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-gives-915000-boost-to-water-rescue-charities and in the table below.

 

Maritime Minister Robert Goodwill, who is also the Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire, said:

 

“This funding recognises the enormous efforts of voluntary rescue boat teams and their tireless work in providing 24/7 services during emergencies and extreme weather.

 

“These groups often rely on charitable donations to sustain their operations. This additional funding will make a real difference to them and the communities they serve, enabling them to buy the essential equipment and training which will save more lives and keep crews safe.”

 

An expert panel – including representatives from the devolved administrations, Defra, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the Royal Yachting Association – assessed applications submitted to the Department for Transport under the 2015/16 round of the scheme on the basis of:

 

– how the equipment or training will be used to support lifesaving, search and rescue operations and flood response capability locally and nationally

– whether the funding will deliver wider community benefits, and;

– how the equipment and skills will bring sustainable benefits

 

Bids for funding were accepted from UK charities as defined in the Charities Act 2006. Other criteria are set out in the guidance notes published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inshore-and-inland-lifeboat-grant-how-to-apply-2015-to-2016.

 

The annual £1 million fund also covers administration of the scheme.

 

Awards made under the Inland/Inshore Rescue Boat Charity grant scheme 2015/16: by region

 

Country

Region

County

Charity Name

Award

England

North East

Yorkshire

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

York Rescue Boat

Humber Rescue

£5,930.00

£19,457.75

£30,612.00

£4,152.00

North West

Cumbria

Wasdale MRT

Ulverston Inshore Rescue

Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat

Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team

International Rescue Corps

£12,436.62

£2,062.00

£38,128.01

£2,231.00

£16,800.00

Merseyside

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust

£33,825.00

Lancashire

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team

£10,600.00

East Midlands

Northamptonshire

Maritime Volunteer Service (Rushden unit)

£3,863.90

Derbyshire

Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team

£35,990.00

West Midlands

West Midlands

West Mercia Search and Rescue

Central Rescue UK

£32,914.15

£6,150.00

Worcester

Mercia Inshore Search & Rescue

£7,050.00

South East

East Sussex

Pett Level Independent Boat Rescue Association

Seaford Lifeguards

Hastings and St. Leonards Voluntary Lifeguard Club

£21,000.00

£8,500.00

£2,214.00

Isle of Wight

Ryde Inshore Rescue

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat

Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat

£18,710.00

£14,633.00

£28,590.10

Surrey

Surrey Search and Rescue

£17,000.00

Kent

Kent Search and Rescue

£15,917.91

South West

Devon

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Okehampton)

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth

£8,307.90

21,401.67

Dorset

RLSS Poole Lifeguard

Wessex Flood Rescue Unit

£8,436.00

£28,470.00

Somerset

Hope Cove Lifeboat

BARB Search & Rescue

£3,316.66

£16,406.00

Gloucestershire

Severn Area Rescue Association

£13,404.00

Wiltshire

Serve On

£15,256.80

East

Norfolk

Norfolk Lowland Search & Rescue

£39,372.00

South East

Hampshire

Portsmouth & Southsea voluntary lifeguards

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service

Hamble Lifeboat

£74,018.00

£23,000.00

£24,970.00

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue (Oxsar)

ERT Search and Rescue

£12,023.00

£17,713.60

Wales

Vale of Glamorgan

Civil Aid Voluntary Rescue Association (CAVRA)

£36,430.00

Swansea

Loughor Inshore Lifeboat

£9,656.25

Conwy

North Wales Mountain Rescue Association

£34,925.00

Bridgend

Rest Bay lifeguard

£29,275.00

Scotland

Moray

Moray Inshore Rescue

£5,037.36

Highland

East Sutherland Rescue Association (Dornoch)

£17,408.68

Dumfries and Galloway

Port William Inshore Rescue Service

£12,690.60

West Dunbartonshire

Loch Lomond Rescue Boat

£7,340.00

Northern Ireland

County Antrim

Lagan Search and Rescue

Lough Neagh

£20,910.00

£3,760.00

County Down

SARDA Ireland North

£8,920.00

Londonderry

Community Rescue Service

Foyle Search & Rescue

£21,100.00

£13,021.54

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