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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Flookburgh based Bay Search and Rescue charity in bid to boost funds

AFTER the busiest year since its formation a rescue charity is lining up to bolster its bank balance in 2013.

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PLANS TO INCREASE FUNDING: Bay Search and Rescue team members Paul Calland and Mike Davies with one of their tracked vehicles

Bay Search and Rescue was called out 29 times last year and volunteers gave up almost 4,040.5 hours to help run the team.

Now, the Flookburgh based team has announced plans to open a charity shop to help contribute towards its running costs, which totalled around £70,000 for the past year.

The team is hoping to have its operation running by spring.

Mike Davies, training officer with Bay Search and Rescue, said: “The majority of our funding comes from donations and grants.

“We’re a small organisation with a committed number of volunteers to try and organise regular coffee mornings – a bigger scheme might be more convenient.”

The costs of running the operation in 2012 are as much as £20,000 above previous years, which have come in between £50,000 to £60,000.

It is hoped the shop could help raise enough to cover insurance costs which come in at around £15,000 for the 34 strong team.

Mr Davies added: “We know times are tough for everybody.

“The shop will help us stay in the minds of people in Grange and there will be information on the team as well as selling things.”

Due to its all-terrain Hagglund vehicles, the team is able to offer support not just to the Coastguard but also provide assistance to people and animals stuck in Morecambe Bay.

Mr Davies said: “We rescued a cow in the record time of 45 minutes this year.

“The big difference is that because of our equipment and the team we’ve got we can get out.

“If somebody was stuck in the bay, or a vehicle, the emergency services look at if there is a life at risk but because of our vehicles we can get out there.”

The team was set up 12 years ago and will launch a youth section at the end of the month for under 18s tackling every aspect of the team’s work from mechanical maintenance to rescue techniques.

Have your say

Perhaps they should CHARGE the FULL amount to the feckless & irresponsible who place themselves in danger with complete selfish disregard for others

Posted by flooky on 4 February 2013 at 11:04

70,000 in the last year was this spent on there airboat/toy ,another huge waste of public money , and what has happened to the 500k they were left

Posted by what even more money on 15 January 2013 at 09:13

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