Lifeline for animal charity

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A BROUGHTY Ferry charity has received a boost after joining forces with a national organisation.

Shanwell Wildlife Rescue Trust was set up in 2004 to help sick animals but due to a funding crisis was forced to slash its services.

The trust announced that they would cut 95 per cent of their services and focus only on marine rescues. Despite this the team would still need to raise thousands for specialist equipment and vets’ bills.

But the charity, newly named Shanwell Marine Animal Rescue Team (SMART), has teamed up with British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) to provide the support and care the animals need.

Charity founder Gareth Norman said: “We were initially a division of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in 2002 when we were covering the Tay and the Forth.

“So we are going back to our roots which is an excellent outcome for us.

“It makes sense for us to work with them now that we have decided to concentrate on marine animals because it brings qualified personnel into the SMART scheme.

“It is a large organisation and they are very well funded with very good equipment.”

Shanwell will now work on behalf of BDMLR in Tayside and will respond to their calls in the area.

“It’s good from our point of view and it’s good for them, too,” Gareth said.

“If we hadn’t joined with them then we would have had to continue to try and raise funds to cover the costs, and this is definitely a lifeline.”

Despite the cuts, Shanwell has announced that they have received online donations and a cheque for £170 from the Broughty Ferry Darts League which will be used to pay for lifejackets.