Cash boost for rescue heroes

Heroes: Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, pictured here performing a rescue at Widdop last November, is finally eligible for Government funding towards the cost of expensive new gear
Heroes: Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, pictured here performing a rescue at Widdop last November, is finally eligible for Government funding towards the cost of expensive new gear
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CALDER Valley Search and Rescue Team’s coffers could be boosted as it finally becomes eligible for Government funding.

The Treasury has announced it is setting out £200,000 for mountain rescue teams across the UK for the first time.

Team secretary Ann Ogden said it was great news for the Mytholmroyd-based charity, which is staffed by volunteers and funded by donations and grants.

“The team costs up to £30,000 a year to run, so any money we don’t have to ask the people of Calderdale for is fantastic,” she said.

“In these stringent times people can’t donate like they used to and we are fully appreciative of that, so we are always having to look for newer and more innovative ways to fund-raise.

“If we can get a bit of money from the Government without too many strings attached then that is brilliant.”

Mountain Rescue England and Wales will be given £124,000 from the funding.

The cash will be available to the association’s 48 member teams, including Calder Valley Search and Rescue.

The rest will be split between mountain rescue authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland and their affiliates.

It is the first in four years of funding set aside in the Government’s spending review.

At least £200,000 will be available in each year to help fund expensive new rescue gear.

“Because all our equipment is so specialist, it costs more because the manufacturers don’t make many,” said Mrs Ogden.

“Even routine things like head torches and waterproofs can be quite expensive, so anything that helps boost our fund-raising is fantastic.”

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said: “I am incredibly pleased to announce this additional funding.

“This recognises the valuable and unique work that volunteer mountain rescue teams do across the UK and will help support the costs of expensive rescue equipment.”