The Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team is calling for your vote to secure funding for The Western Beacons Water Safety Project.

The project is one of five competing in ITV Wales Region for National Lottery funding in the 2017 People’s Projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.

In Wales the Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team is calling on the viewers’ support, with the online public voting to decide who wins the prize. On Friday March 24th ITV Wales will showcase their project, the Western Beacons Water Safety Project on ITV Wales at 6pm.

The Western Beacons Water Safety Project has two aims. The first is to train and equip additional volunteer rescuers as Swift Water Technicians capable of responding to water rescue and flooding incidents across South, South West and Mid Wales. Besides training and equipment, the funding would provide a dedicated Emergency Water Response vehicle that would be on call 24 hours a day 365 days year.

The second aim of the project is to help reduce deaths from drowning by raising the issue of safety around water with children and young adults. Should the applied for funding be secured, the Team will visit local schools and youth groups to educate and inform with a programme focusing on the issue of water safety.

The Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team is a volunteer organisation and a registered Charity. The Team responds 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to requests from the Police to mount Search & Rescue operations, ranging from searches for missing vulnerable children and adults across terrain ranging from semi-rural, farmland, woodland to mountainous, to rescuing injured people in remote places.   

Michael Jeffery, Deputy Team Leader, Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team said: “Being chosen as a good cause to receive funding from the People’s Project is vital to getting our project underway. On average every 20 hours in the UK someone drowns, while hundreds more suffer life-changing injuries through near drowning each year. With this funding we can help reduce those numbers and increase our capability to respond to such incidents when they happen.”

Andrew Evans, Deputy Team Leader, Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team said: “I am immensely proud that our Water Safety Project has been short listed. Its selection is also a timely one, with the need for an increased level of preparedness to respond to flood events only recently being highlighted by Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant AM.”

Trevor James, Press Officer, Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team said: “When people think of Mountain Rescue they often think of us rescuing fallen climbers or lost hill walkers.  Whilst Mountain Rescue does do those things, more and more often we are called to assist with incidents away from might be considered our traditional operational environment. Being requested to respond to water related incidents or flood events is just one facet of our evolving role in the communities that we serve. Communities that will benefit from our securing funding from the Lottery for the Western Beacons Water Safety Project.”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”


The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.

Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To support the Western Beacons Water Safety Project please visit

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.