Whitehall cash for mountain rescue teams

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THE UK Government is giving money to local mountain rescue teams for the first time in the two groups’ history.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced £200,000 will go to the 75 UK teams. Of that, £68,000 will be split among the Scottish organisations, including the Border Search and Rescue Unit and the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue.

Borders MP Michael Moore said: “The work of mountain rescue teams is absolutely essential and our local Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team do vital work keeping tourists and locals safe in the hills and valleys across the Borders.

“I warmly welcome this step which represents the first time the UK Government has given direct funding to mountain rescue services. Despite this additional funding from the Government, the teams will still depend primarily on charitable donations, so I encourage Borderers to continue giving generously to this fantastic cause.”

The Scottish Government has in recent years put money into the teams, which were previously entirely self-supporting.