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Grant Boost for Weymouth and Portland Volunteer Service

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9:37am 9th June 2012

A charity which protects Weymouth & Portland's maritime scene has scooped over eight thousand pounds from a Lottery grant.

The Maritime Volunteer Service is among 42 organisations in the South West receiving grants from Big Lottery Fund.

The service will be using the £8,154 award to buy rescue equipment and a training vessel for members.

Head of the Maritime Volunteer Service Rob Chick said: "This money will be useful to provide a service out on the waters safety wise. We'll be offering our services to the local marine industry or anyone that might require it.

"During the Olympic period we've got a fairly big role in Weymouth with patrols in the Weymouth harbour as well."

The Big Lottery Fund's funding comes from their small grant scheme Awards For All, which offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need.

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