Berkshire

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue given cash for equipment

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue helps the police in finding high-risk missing persons

One of the UK's oldest search and rescue teams has been awarded a share of a £1 million fund.

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue is to get £38,000 from the Department for Transport.

The volunteer-led charity, founded in 1979, helps police to find vulnerable missing people, including children and those living with dementia.

The group said it would now be able to buy "game-changing" thermal imaging cameras and a new vehicle.

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Image caption The group is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the UK

Rob Jackson from Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue said: "As a charity which relies solely on donations, this grant means that we as volunteers can support communities and make a difference to other people's lives."

About £998,000 has been awarded to 50 charities as part of the latest round of funding from the government's Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "These inspirational charities and their dedicated volunteers save lives every day, and this additional funding will ensure that they have the craft, equipment and resources to provide these services year-round."

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Image caption The group also carries out water rescues

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