16th Oct 2017

Thanks to support from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation, volunteers at a North Tyneside lifesaving charity are now better equipped to serve their community.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) is a shore-based coastal rescue service which primarily helps people who are in trouble in the coastal areas and river banks around the Tyne, from Tynemouth to Seaton Sluice.

The long-standing charity, which was the world’s first volunteer brigade when it was set up in 1864, also supports the coastguard and police for cliff rescue, coastal search & rescue and shore-to-ship rescues, and averages around 120 call outs every year.

After being put forward for a grant by Annette Wright, a customer at Newcastle Building Society’s North Shields branch, a £1,000 donation from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund has enabled the charity to buy a range of much-needed new equipment.

The new kit includes a ‘tugger’ device which can be used for assisting with cliff rescues and 20 new torches for use in night rescues and searches.

Annette Wright, who is treasurer at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, says: “With our equipment being used on such a regular basis, it can very quickly need replacing, and it’s obviously vital that we always have the kit available that we need to carry out the various tasks we need to do along the coast or river banks.

“Providing this service is a real commitment for a dedicated group of local people, and it’s great for us to have this commitment recognised through both this generous funding and all the support we get from the community.

“The new tugger will make cliff rescues much safer for both our team and the people we’re helping, while our powerful torches are a simple but essential part of any work that we do during the hours of darkness.”

To nominate a charity to the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund visit www.newcastle.co.uk/community/charity-account/ or visit your local Society branch.

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