A DALES search and rescue team has been given a boost with the award of more than £4,000 of lottery funding to help train and equip young volunteers.

Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue has been awarded the grant from the Awards for All fund, which will help the team develop its cadet scheme.

The search and rescue team is one of the few in the country to run a cadet scheme which encourages teenagers to volunteer and take part in training and rescue operations.

The grant money will be spent on waterproof clothing, ropes and harnesses, winter mountaineering equipment and maps and compasses for use by the cadets.

Chris Roberts, the cadet trainer, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to develop our cadet scheme.

"A problem we have had in the past is that some young people have been keen to join but have not possessed even the basics of outdoor equipment. Now we will be able to loan equipment to those without it and therefore hopefully encourage more young people to join."

"We are currently looking for 16 to 18-year-olds to join the cadet scheme. It involves a commitment of one or two days per month, where training will be given in all aspects of mountain craft."

To join the cadet scheme, write to Chris Roberts, Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team Rescue Centre, Bedekirk, Barnard Castle, DL12 8DJ.