Sarah Newton welcomes government funding for Cornwall water rescue charities

Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed the news that two water rescue charities based in the constituency have won more than £21,000 in government funding to support their lifesaving work.

Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club was awarded £12,615.62 while Surf Life Saving Cornwall was given £8,539.10.

The money came from the Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund, administered by the Department for Transport.

The fund, now in its fourth year, supports the work of charities that provide water rescue services day in, day out on coastal and inland waters, sometimes in extreme weather.

The money helps charities to buy new boats, launch vehicles, lifejackets and other equipment.

Mrs Newton said: “I’m delighted the government has given these two local charities funding to buy essential equipment and support their important work.

“Both charities play a crucial role in keeping people safe around the Cornish coastline, providing education, training and events and assisting those in difficulty thanks to their brave teams of volunteers.

“The government is committed to supporting the vital work of water rescue charities and ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to provide their lifesaving services.

“I will continue to push for investment in Cornwall.”

Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, based in St Dennis, was awarded £25,260.90.

In total, 13 South West projects received over £230,000, with more than £46,000 coming to Cornwall.

The 2017/18 awards provided £1million to 62 projects across the UK, bringing the total investment to more than £3.5million since 2014.