Western Beacons MRT secures £44,100 Big Lottery Fund grant

The Western Beacons Mountain Search & Rescue Team is delighted to announce that our bid for £44,100 of funding from the People's Project in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund and ITV has been successful.

The Western Beacons Water Safety Project was one of five good causes to have been short listed in the ITV Wales region to received Lottery funds of up to £50,000. 

The public decided the awarding of the grants with the three causes with the most votes securing the funding applied for. 

Team's spokesperson Trevor James said: "I'd like to thank the People's Project for short listing our project this year.  I'd also like to thank all the team members who gave up even more of their spare time than they already do to take part in our Vote for Us campaign. Above all I'd like to express on behalf of the Western Beacons Team our gratitude to everyone who voted for us."

The funding will go towards training new volunteer rescuers able to respond to flood and Swift Water Rescue incidents not only in South and South West Wales, but even further afield when required. Besides paying for additional training and rescue kit, the funding will also see the team acquire a new dedicated flood / water rescue response vehicle.

Besides increasing the team's capability to respond to water based incidents the team will also visit schools and youth groups to deliver a program designed specifically to educate children and young people on the dangers that can be encountered around water and help reduce the risk of drowning. 

This year has already seen a one major milestone in the history of 52 year old team with the opening of its first satellite base under a site facility sharing arrangement with the Mid and West Fire & Rescue Service at Pontardawe Fire Station in the Swansea Valley and today see’s another with the largest single grant secured by the team.