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New kit for life savers

Mark Allum (centre) holding a new jacket, surrounded by members of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association
Photo by Sara Spillet
Mark Allum (centre) holding a new jacket, surrounded by members of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association

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Bainbridge, 5 September, 2017

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association has become the latest local organisation to benefit from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s  Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

The association has received a grant of £4200 to provide newer team members with waterproof jackets and overtrousers for surface rescues.

“We are so fortunate to have rescue teams in the Dales,” said Mark Allum, Head of Access and Engagement at the Authority, who visited the team last night (Monday 4 September, see photo).  

“These highly professional volunteers are on call every day of the year and go to the aid of people and animals in all weather conditions. They make a huge contribution to keep visitors and local communities safe. We salute the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and it gives us great pleasure being able to give some financial support.”

The Sustainable Development Fund makes funding available for projects by individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector organisations. It supports those contributing in some way to looking after the National Park’s natural beauty, wildlife or cultural heritage – and as such providing some local economic  or community benefit.

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Chairman, Peter Huff, said: “We have always had a splendid working relationship with the Authority and we are most grateful for their generous support. We have taken the opportunity with the new jackets to have ‘Mountain Rescue’ printed on the back to ensure members are readily identifiable by other members of the emergency services at incidents.”

A total of 14 projects have benefitted from the SDF since April.  In this financial year, £175,000 is available.   The Authority welcomes ideas from people who have either a project and need a kick-start or have a scheme that is up and running and needs a bit of help.

Details of the SDF can be found at yorkshiredales.org.uk/sdf

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