Scott Mann has welcomed news that the Government will give nearly £7,500 to the Bude Surf Life Saving Club as part of a £1million scheme to help teach essential water rescue skills.
The club, which has over 250 members, works to patrol beaches and gives the opportunity to both learn and teach lifesaving.
Scott Mann said:
“I’m delighted to see Bude Surf and Life Saving Club getting this funding boost. The Club does fantastic work in Bude, and the local community benefits greatly from their service. This money will allow them to develop their service which is fantastic for both local residents and visitors”.
Adsrian Parsons, Chairman of the SLSC, said:
“Bude Surf Life Saving Club are delighted to hear we have been awarded £7,300 towards the purchase of equipment for use in flood rescue. We are the first Surf Life Saving Club to be formed in Great Britain, in 1953. As a club, we have patrolled the beaches of Bude on a voluntary basis, from the year we were formed. As we already have members who are experienced and have a great deal of knowledge in surf rescue, we had decided we were well placed to become involved in flood rescue, so we would be in a position to assist whenever needed. With this equipment we will be now be able to start the training required to have a team in place, should our services be required”.
Maritime Minister, John Hayes, added:
“Every day, countless volunteers in water rescue charities across our island nation carry out vital work during emergencies, not only around our coasts but also keeping our rivers, lakes and inshore waters safe. It is imperative that we value and support their tireless efforts. I am delighted to be able to announce the latest round of funding, ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to provide their round-the- clock lifesaving services”.
The Minister awarded a further £29,000 to two other organisations in Cornwall, namely SLS Cornwall in Newquay and the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team in Bugle.