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By Euan Maxwell
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More good news for rescue team

A WATER search and rescue service charity near Dumfries has received a second funding boost in as many weeks.

Nith Inshore Rescue secured a grant award of £15,000 from the Robin Rigg Community Fund, administered through the Solway Firth Partnership.

This follows last week’s announcement of a significant Department of Transport grant of just over £69,000. The rescue team, that serves the Upper Solway and surrounding area, needs a total of £85,000 for a project which includes replacing and enhancing their specialist lifeboat equipment. The extra funding boost brings the total raised in the past two weeks just under their target.

Chairman Robbie Cowan said: “It is fantastic news that we have secured £15,000 from the Robin Rigg Community Fund on top £69,000 to reach our capital fundraising target for this vital project. “The funds will enable us to replace ageing equipment which has served us so well over the past 10 to 20 years. This investment will both enhance our capabilities and reduce the risk of our emergency service being interrupted by unplanned and costly maintenance, this in turn ensures that every penny of the vital ongoing donations we receive can be used for our annual running costs.”

Robin Rigg Plant manager, Kerry McCole said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Nith Inshore Rescue’s capital renewal programme. “The charity provides an important service in the inner Solway area and beyond and we are pleased to be part of ensuring they will be able to maintain this service in the future.”

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