Mountain rescue team buy new vehicle thanks to grants and donations.

A MOUNTAIN rescue team has been able to buy a new vehicle thanks to a Ministry of Defence grant and various fundraising projects.

Last year Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team set out to find a suitable vehicle to replace a 20-year-old Land Rover, and a contractor to adapt it for carrying flood rescue and underground equipment, and five team members.

Team members chose a Nissan Navara for £40,000, with half coming from the MoD Community Covenant Grant Scheme and £10,000 from donations from the local community.

A further £10,000 was raised by a successful spoof video of Psy’s Gangnam Style which went viral on YouTube, produced by Steve Robinson and colleagues in 21 Engineer Regiment who were in Afghanistan.

SMRT president Mac Bryant said: “Members of SMRT have been giving generously of their time, skills and commitment to our local communities for more than 40 years.

“Although the new vehicle is an essential tool for the team its arrival is like a well-deserved early Christmas present and will be put to good use for many years to come.”

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9:37pm Tue 3 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Im disgusted by this headline, especially in the part that says "thanks to grants and donations"
My god this lot save life's on a voluntary basis, and do an amazing job, but have NO official funding, its a disgrace.
Even the Air ambulances are run as charity's.
All this money being sent abroad, or spent on politicians second homes, and mileage claims, and these people have to rely on charity.

Government, hang your head in shame.
Im disgusted by this headline, especially in the part that says "thanks to grants and donations" My god this lot save life's on a voluntary basis, and do an amazing job, but have NO official funding, its a disgrace. Even the Air ambulances are run as charity's. All this money being sent abroad, or spent on politicians second homes, and mileage claims, and these people have to rely on charity. Government, hang your head in shame. NO EINSTEIN

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