LANCASHIRE mountain rescue teams will get torches and batteries from a new supplier.

VARTA Consumer Batteries, a manufacturer of torches, portable charging devices and batteries, will provide Bolton MRT, Rossendale and Pendle MRT and Bowland Pennine MRT with equipment and fundraising.

VARTA will be supplying a combination of its state-of-the-art torches and batteries to RPMRT, as well as delivering ongoing fundraising support.

Each year, the combined teams volunteers attend more than 200 mountain, rural and urban incidents, giving up their time free-of-charge to assist members of the public and the emergency services.

Andy Simpson, chairman of RPMRT, said: “Our work relies on the support and generosity of the UK public and businesses like VARTA to survive.

“ It costs a tremendous amount to fund and kit-out a mountain rescue team and we’re incredibly grateful to VARTA for its donations, both product-based and financial.”