THE Borders Water Rescue Team (BWRT) are set to benefit from a funding boost thanks to the Morrisons Foundation.

The local charity provides a search, rescue, and recovery service alongside the work that's done by the emergency services.

The volunteer-led charity received the £3,240 donation from the supermarket chain's charitable foundation.

This funding will help the BWRT to purchase new safety equipment including an aqua scope, inflation pump for rescue craft, rope access hardware and helmets. All of these are used by BWRT volunteers when rescuing people in Borders waters.

Andy Wright, Team Leader at BWRT was thrilled to receive the donation. He said: “We are delighted to receive such a kind grant from The Morrisons Foundation.

"This not only expands our whole team’s capabilities but helps us develop our advance level technicians. Enabling them to put their skills into practice where required, by having the most appropriate equipment available to them at all times.

"This grant also allows us to welcome new team members with new helmets and equipment able to be used for their training and the whole team’s ongoing development.”

The Morrisons Foundation was established in 2015 and has provided grants to various charities and projects around the UK, and has so far donated a total of £27 million.

Adrian Horsley, Morrisons Foundation Advisor added: “I’m really pleased that we were able to help such a great charity.

"The change in climate resulting in more frequent flooding and dangerous water situations means that our support will help the charity meet the increased demands they have to help keep people safe.

"Helping local charities is at the heart of what the Foundation is all about and I’m so happy that we can provide this grant.”