Beachley Summer’s End BBQ 2014

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News on August 28th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

Beachley BBQ 2014

Sharpness Open Day 2014!

Posted in Fundraising, News, Sharpness on August 7th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

This event has been postponed

due to weather conditions.

Stay tuned for a new date!

Sharpness Open Day 2014

Sainsbury’s Kidderminster raise over £13k for SARA following 12 month patnership!

Posted in Fundraising, News on July 17th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

A year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from Sainsbury’s Kidderminster has made a huge difference to the volunteers at Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA). Thanks to generous donations from customers and colleagues, the store has announced they have raised £13,968.12 in total. On Thursday 19th June colleagues from the store met up with the charity members at their Wyre Forest base to celebrate the successful partnership.

Sainsbury’s Kidderminster raise over £13,000

It’s been an amazing 12 months for the charity after they entered Sainsbury’s Kidderminster Local Charity voting process back in May 2012. For the last five years, the retailer gives customers nationwide the chance to vote for their favourite Local Charity, to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their nearby Sainsbury’s store.

Throughout the last 12 months, colleagues and SARA volunteers held several activities to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s cause. These included quiz nights, rowing the length of the River Severn in the stores foyer, an ongoing book sale, bag packs with the Mayor of Kidderminster, a bingo evening and much more.

Paul Watkins, Area commander for SARA North and station chairman for Wyre Forest, added:

“Working with the staff at Sainsburys Kidderminster has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are so proud of the support from the staff and their enthusiasm for fundraising for SARA has been incredible. We have done some amazing events; including rowing the length of the River Severn and climbing the equivalent height of the three peaks. Raising nearly £14K is amazing and will ensure we can continue to provide our life saving services to the communities. Thank you to Sam, Helen and all the staff and customers and Sainsbury’s Kidderminster, and my volunteer crew for their support”.

Despite the partnership coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the charity will now be forgotten. Staff have built an exceptional relationship with volunteers over the past year, and look forward to working with them in the future.

PR Ambassadors Samantha Buckley and Helen Bower added:

“It has been a pleasure working with Steve, Paul and all the volunteer crew at SARA. The amount that we have raised this year has shocked everyone and we are thrilled that it is going to such a good local cause”.

Winning Ducks of 2014 Announced!

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News on June 24th, 2014 by Be the first to comment


What a fantastic day we had along the Riverbank in Chepstow for our annual Duck Race. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came and saw us on our stands and bought race tickets and/or merchandise. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic support we receive from our local community which has made this year’s race the most successful to date. THANK YOU!

The Great SARA Duck Race winning numbers for 2014 are:

  • 1st place = 476, £100 each to Sue Wilkins & C Cobbe
  • 2nd place = 285, £50 each to Kim Waites & Dan Lewis
  • 3rd place = 796, £25 to Emma Kinsley
  • Winning corporate duck was Step-a-Side, they win 6 bottles of wine!

Thank you to everyone that brought a ticket and came to Chepstow river front to cheer the ducks on.

SARA Duck Race 2014

SARA Duck Race 2014

After 12 years there is a change of Helm

Posted in News on June 22nd, 2014 by Be the first to comment

Alan passing on to Chris the Executive Chairman’s epaulets

Alan passing on to Chris the Executive Chairman’s epaulets

Alan Stanley with his late wife Andrea started “Friends of SARA” in 1993, taking on the roles of SARA talks, representing SARA at external committees and of course the fundraising to fund the much needed equipment.

When SARA opened its third station in 2001, Alan became an active crew member. In 2002 Alan took up the roll as Executive Chairman and within a year his wife joined him as Executive Secretary, together they became the anchor of SARA keeping it balanced.

Chris presented Alan with Honorary life member of SARA and a Ships Tantalus.

Chris presented Alan with Honorary life member of SARA and a Ships Tantalus.

In 2005 SARA was asked to provide their skills and services further north up the River Severn, Alan was the lead person that founded SARA’s Wyre Forest station. With four SARA Stations Alan and Andrea leading SARA as a formidable team.

Sadly in 2009 Andrea died suddenly, leaving a very big hole not just within SARA but also in Alan’s life. Alan found the strength to carry on his SARA duties as Executive Chair, Coxswain, crew as well as being a dad to their two boys. After four years he felt it was time for a change, but found it hard to walk away so another year passed. At this year’s SARA AGM after 12 years as Executive Chairman he stood down. Alan who has been involved in SARA now for 21 years will still be involved, almost going back to where he began.

So a new chapter begins within SARA with Chris Crowley being voted in as Executive Chairman.