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Dunbar Surf Life Saving Club receive grant to launch Beach Warden Service at Belhaven Bay.

DSLSC Team

Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar’s joint crisis fund is once again supporting Scotland’s only coastal water safety education club, Dunbar Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC).

DSLSC, based at Belhaven Surf Centre, is a registered charity and affiliated to Surf Life Saving Club GB and the Scottish Surfing Federation and is also recognised and supported by the RNLI.

BeGreen Dunbar has given £2,400 to support DSLSC in East Lothian who are anticipating an increase in beach usage at Belhaven Bay as lockdown lifts and holidays abroad look less likely to go ahead this year.

To combat the increased numbers at Belhaven Bay the brilliant team of volunteers at DSLSC have devised a plan to offer a Beach Warden service. The funding will go towards training, uniforms, first aid and a gazebo where the wardens will be stationed during busy periods.

Janet McDougall Welch, from Dunbar Surf Life Saving Club, said: “We are predicting a surge in open water swimming this year, alongside our ever-growing number of surfers taking advantage of the waves at Belhaven Bay.

“The funding from BeGreen Dunbar and Community Windpower will allow us to provide the relevant training and some essential kit, to run an essential Beach Warden service on our busier days.

“As a club we a thankful for the continued support from Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar who have helped DSLSC continue throughout the pandemic.

“The club is now into its 6th year of operation and with the funding we can carry on our brilliant progression of offering lifesaving services to our community.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower said: “It is a pleasure to show our continued support to the Dunbar Surf Life Saving Club with this £2,400 donation. The excellent volunteers offer a brilliant service to the local community, allowing all visitors to Belhaven Bay to feel safe when swimming in the open water.

“As summer holidays abroad this year are looking less and less likely to go ahead, there is expected to be a rise in staycations. As a result of this footfall at Belhaven Bay is likely to increase, and we are ecstatic to be supporting the safety of all the visitors to the area.

“Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar are excited to see people back outdoors and keeping active on the beaches around Belhaven, while helping to reinforce a safe and healthy mindset, after such distress for all this past year.”

For more information on the Covid-19 crisis fund or to apply for support, please contact Cathleen Anderson at the BeGreen shop in Dunbar by emailing begreen@communitywindpower.co.uk or by calling on 01368 8363720.

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