Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the announcement of £9,000 of Government funding for the North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. The money has been allocated by the Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund, administered by the Department for Transport, which is now in its fourth year and supports the work of charities that provide rescue services on coastal and inland waters, sometimes in extreme weather. The 2017/18 awards provide £1million to 62 projects across the UK, bringing the total investment to over £3.5million since 2014. The money helps charities to buy new boats, launch vehicles, lifejackets and other essential equipment.
    Mr Stride, who has met with members of the North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team twice during his time as an MP, most recently in 2016, said:

    “The North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team does extraordinary work carrying out vital, life-saving work every day and I’m delighted that the Department for Transport has made this important and very worthy funding allocation.”

    Founder member Mike Ireland added:

    “This is a welcome boost of the team. I know they are trying to raise funds for a new control vehicle and this may be able to contribute towards it!”

    Formed in 1969, as the North Moor Section of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is based in Okehampton and consists of around forty highly skilled volunteers from many walks of life. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information visit