Rescue teams' funds boost welcomed by MP

Date: Monday 7th January 2019

NEWS of new Government grants to Penrith and Patterdale mountain rescue teams has been welcomed by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart.

The Penrith team received £8,586.74 and its Patterdale counterpart £4,005. The money comes from the Government’s Rescue Boat Grant Fund, which was launched in 2014 with the objective of distributing£5 million over five years to independent search and rescue teams working on inland waterways.

The money received by these Cumbrian teams will assist them in their work to keep inland waterways safe by helping with the cost of new equipment.

Mr Stewart has been a committed supporter of mountain rescue teams since his election in 2010, and has served as chairman of the all party parliamentary group on mountain rescue in Westminster, championing the service nationally and supporting its efforts locally.

“This is fantastic news for the Patterdale and Penrith mountain rescue teams, both of which do such selfless, vital work. Day in, day out, their volunteers give up their time to keep us safe and I am very pleased that the Government has allocated them these funds. They are very much deserved," he said.