Barking and Dagenham Lifesaving team celebrates cash boost

PUBLISHED: 10:27 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 13 May 2013

Leah Leadley, Neeve Harris, Chris Hartlebury (instructor), Kayleigh Barrett and Hadley Grant

Leah Leadley, Neeve Harris, Chris Hartlebury (instructor), Kayleigh Barrett and Hadley Grant


A team teaching people how to save lives in and around water will be able buy vital new equipment thanks to a £300 donation.

The BDAC Lifesaving Team section of the Barking and Dagenham Aquatics Club received the cash boost from the MARS Milk Fund.

The group, which meets at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham, launched in February and aims to teach as many people as possible how to save lives in and around water.

They also promote the sport of lifesaving as a fun and challenging way to keep fit and active.

Geoff Wade, from the club, said: “The award from the MARS Milk Fund will help us purchase vital training equipment such as mannequins, to train people in rescue and resuscitation techniques.

“The new core equipment will also enable us to train and compete in more Lifesaving Sport events.”

The MARS Milk Fund was set up by confectionary company Mars to help individuals, clubs and groups to try something new or simply to spend more time playing their favourite sport or hobby.

To find out more about joining BDAC Lifesaving visit

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