Coastal lifesaving team gets funding boost

TVLB captain and director Dan Reed with some of the new equipment.
TVLB captain and director Dan Reed with some of the new equipment.

A life-saving organisation has been kitted out with new gear, thanks to a donation.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) has received a £1,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society.

The organisation – which provides vital shore-based rescue services since being established in 1864 – was nominated by Annette Wright, a customer at the Society’s North Shields branch.

The new kit includes a tugger device which can be used for assisting with cliff rescues and 20 new torches for use in night rescues and searches.

The funding has been provided by the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation.

Nearly 30 volunteers are involved in the TVLB, providing cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from their base at the Watch House Museum in Tynemouth.

Annette Wright, treasurer at the TVLB, said: “With our equipment being used on such a regular basis, it can very quickly need replacing, and it’s obviously vital that we always have the kit available that we need to carry out the various tasks we need to do along the coast or river banks.

“Providing this service is a real commitment for a dedicated group of local people, and it’s great for us to have this commitment recognised through both this generous funding from Newcastle Building Society and all the support we get from the community.

“The new tugger will make cliff rescues much safer for both our team and the people we’re helping.”

“Our powerful torches are a simple but essential part of any work that we do during the hours of darkness.”

Stephen Burt, manager at the Society’s Bedford Street branch in North Shields, said: “Our branch team has regularly raised money for the Life Brigade over the years, and everyone living along the coast knows just how important the volunteers’ work is in rescuing dozens of people in distress every year.

“We support the communities in which we operate, and we’re very pleased to be continuing to support TVLB in making the coast a safer place for everyone.”

For more information on Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, visit www.tvlb.org