Tees River Rescue receives financial backing

04 April 2023 by CSG

A river rescue charity in Teesside has received financial support from a waste management company to help continue its life-saving operations.

Tees River Rescue, an independent rescue charity based on the River Tees in the North East of England, has secured a £500 grant from CSG.

The funding comes through CSG’s Community Chest initiative, which supports good causes close to its 32 locations across the country.

Tees River Rescue has no paid staff and receives no government funding. Despite this, the charity aims to be on call 24/7 at the request of emergency services and to provide patrols at key times.

Sarah Marrison, Volunteer Fundraiser Team Leader at Tees River Rescue, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this support from CSG.

“As a charity, we rely on support from the public, local businesses, supporters and our volunteers to continue our valuable work.

“Every penny we receive helps to provide our preventative patrols, our search operations and our rescue missions.”

CSG is a major waste specialist, helping households and organisations nationwide by offering a complete variety of services including septic tank emptying and treatment, as well as recovery and disposal of specialist waste such as chemicals and oil.

One of CSG’s more unusual oil disposal services can be found in Middlesbrough on the River Tees where the company’s bilge barge, the Erimus Star, plays a vital role in supporting the local shipping economy.

The Erimus Star sails alongside ships if they have bilge or oil that needs pumping out, which is more efficient for the ships than docking somewhere that a traditional tanker lorry can reach them.

The waste oil is then taken to one of CSG’s oil treatment plants, helping to recover as much of this vital resource as possible and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Craig Dufferwiel, CSG Regional Business Manager for the North East, said: “We’re proud to support Tees River Rescue, which does fantastic work in keeping people safe on the river.

“We have employees working on the river ourselves and, should they ever get into difficulty, we’d be reliant on the rescue team coming to their aid.

“That’s why we felt it fitting we should help them with this donation through our Community Chest scheme.”