A Scarborough-based retail group is supporting the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team with a donation of £10,000.
After raising funds in stores through the 5p carrier bag charge, Valerie Aston and Marcus Proudfoot from the Proudfoot Group presented the team with the cheque at the Forest and Moors Marathon.
Established in 1965, the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team provides search and rescue facilities in cooperation with the emergency services across the North York Moors area.
The team responded to 87 incidents last year and more than 50 this year so far.
Ian Hugill, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team’s incident controller, said: “We are extremely grateful for the donation from Proudfoot who have already done a lot to support the team, including volunteering to get involved with our casualty training earlier in the year and providing food and drink for a number of our fundraising events.
“Our running costs are around £40,000 per year and we are a voluntary service that receives no direct funding, so we rely solely on the generosity of local people and businesses to provide much-needed support.”
Valerie Aston, director at The Proudfoot Group, said: “Despite seeing a huge decline in the usage of single use carrier bags in our stores, we are delighted to be able to donate such a significant amount raised from the remaining carrier bags bought by our customers to support this fantastic local cause.”