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Rapid Relief Team presents money to local charities

Created on 15/02/2017 @ 17:50
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A group of volunteers from the area who support the emergency services, local groups and organisations with help, often at short notice, have donated £575 to three local charities.

The Newtown-based Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is a community based group of volunteers from providing compassion and support, as well as undertaking fundraising and working with local groups and charities.

Many of its members come from areas around Newtown, Abermule, Kerry and Llandyssil.

It raised the money at last year’s Wales Rally GB re-group event in Newtown town centre where members sold hot food and drinks to spectators and rally crews, donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to charity.

Its members can often be found alongside firefighters in the area, where they provide refreshments for prolonged call outs during emergency situations, and supporting the community during events like the Wales Rally GB, with over 50 volunteers in Newtown during last year’s event.

This week its volunteers, made up of members of the local churches of the Plymouth Brethren in Montgomeryshire, presented donations to Newtown based charity Small Steps/Rekindle, Wales Air Ambulance at Welshpool, and to Hope House children’s hospice, based in Morda near Oswestry. The money was all raised at the Wales Rally GB event.

“We also invited staff and clients of local charitable organisations, including Small Steps and Castell-y-Dail, to our hospitality marquee on Broad Street during Wales Rally GB for a free lunch whilst they viewed the cars & drivers close up. We had a great day and the positive feedback from these organisations just made it better,” said Matthew Lynes, Team Leader for the RRT team based in Newtown.

“We wanted to ensure local charities benefited from the day and we’re pleased to have been able to donate the money raised to Small Steps/Rekindle, Wales Air Ambulance and Hope House.”

Matthew and the RRT volunteers work for local companies in Newtown and Welshpool, often called on by emergency services at short notice, day or night, to help provide refreshments to the crews at large or protracted incidents.

Most recently they supported firefighters at a house blaze near Meifod last Saturday night, setting up hot food and refreshments for the 25 firefighters called in from throughout the area.

More details about the RRT can be found at

Photo: Owen John of RRT with Kamal Keeble and Diane Williams of Rekindle and Matthew Lynes of RRT at the Rekindle offices in Newtown.

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