Lifesavers given grant for new safety gear

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade captain Peter Lilley.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade captain Peter Lilley.
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A lifesaving organisation is purchasing new safety equipment after receiving a grant.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade received £1,000 from POW Energy Water Company to support their work helping people stay safe at the coast.

The grant will be used on rescue equipment, including two sets of dry suits, personal flotation devices, water rescue knives and throw lines.

Brigade captain Peter Lilley said: “We must raise a minimum of £20,000 a year to ensure our rescue team is appropriately trained and equipped, and to help keep our museum open.

“This new equipment will help to improve the offering our rescue team has and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome at a water rescue incident.

“It will also help improve the morale of our volunteers as it will improve our ability to train as a team and provide the members with equipment allowing them to operate in a safe and efficient manner.”

Founder of POW Energy Water, Ed Woolner said: “We are thrilled to be able to support the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and financially contribute to the purchase of essential water rescue equipment.

“As an avid surfer myself, I spend a considerable amount of time in the water around the UK and any support that we can do to make the water a safer place is a positive.”

The TVLB is currently trying to raise £40,000 to purchase a new rescue vehicle.

Peter added: “The current Land Rover has been in service since 2002 and, although it has served us well, it is now showing its age.

“We have been fundraising for this replacement vehicle for a number of years and have just under £30,000 raised.

“We are now actively seeking an organisation or group to help us with the final £10,000 so that we can purchase the vehicle in the first half of 2016.”