Press Release Aviva Community Fund Q2

Helping to make York safer

York Rescue Boat volunteer search and rescue team responds to emergencies on and around both of York's rivers 24/7 365 days a year. In 2020, the team responded to an average of 1 call out per week often assisting the search for missing persons along riverbanks, lakes and ponds, sometimes in darkness and in shallow water which is unsuitable for bigger boats to access.  To combat this we have been developing a kayak search team that will be able to access these areas.  

YRB has turned to round 2 of the Aviva Community Fund 2021 to try to raise the much-needed funds and are looking for the public’s help in this. 

Dave Horn, Operational Director for the charity said " As a charity, we rely on the generosity of members of the public, every member of the team are volunteers with no paid staff.

With your help and working with the Aviva community fund we are hoping to raise £7400 to enable us to equip the team. The funding will help to provide an additional 4 specialist kayaks and related equipment including paddles, helmets and protective equipment as well as specialist training for our team.

We appreciate that the ongoing pandemic has caused financial uncertainty for everyone and especially for charities, which is why we’re so grateful for any and all support we receive; using the Aviva Community Fund to assist us in the fundraising is going to get us a long way to realising our goal”

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