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Eden MP calls for English mountain rescue teams to get more cash
1:57pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart gathered around 50 MPs and Lords in Westminster to meet mountain and cave Rescue teams from England and Wales.
Mr Stewart, who is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountain Rescue, organised the event in conjunction with a week-long exhibition in the Houses of Parliament.
The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the work of Mountain and Cave Rescue teams and call for a review in the way they are funded.
Mike France, Head of Fundraising for Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) said: “There is a huge discrepancy between the financial support given by government to Scottish rescuers – about £16,480 per team – and the much more limited funding to English teams of just £2,246 per team.
“If government could guarantee a level of funding in England and Wales from the public purse closer to the Scottish figure, we’d be able to underwrite investments in vehicles and essential kit and subsidise essential training and insurance.
“We want to be able to ensure that our 3,600 volunteer rescuers can focus their time and resources on getting the job done rather than having to worry about fundraising.”
Mr Stewart said: “Every year mountain and cave Rescue Teams clock up thousands of operational hours assisting, at no cost to the Government.
“I hope that many colleagues from both sides of the house will be able to visit the exhibition and see the vital work that both teams are doing and realise they need our help and support.”
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