Inter-agency flood response @ Lydney

Posted in Beachley, News, Sharpness, Tewkesbury on April 11th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

SARA were among those who took part in a three-day training exercise at Lydney.

The location of the town near the Severn estuary and the River Lyd makes it flood risk area, and an ideal location for the inter-agency exercise.

SARA joined police, fire, ambulance and other volunteer groups at the end of March for the three day flood response exercise.

Our teams worked alongside a number of other agencies including:

  • Gloucestershire Police
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Great Western Ambulance Service

See more on the BBC website.

How much clothing fills a boat?

Posted in Fundraising, News, Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest on March 27th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

How many bags of clothing will it take to fill the boat? On Wednesday 4th April from 11.00 am to 1.00pm there will be a SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) inshore rescue boat and its crew at the Daisychain Benevolent Fund shop at 74 Barnards Green Road, Barnards Green. The event is in conjunction with a team from Macmillan Cancer Support who will also be at the shop.

Head of Retail, Davina Roberts said:
‘Daisychain Benevolent Fund shop has recently undergone a long overdue ‘makeover’ and we are holding this launch to celebrate the new look and re-opening. As well as raising cash for our nominated charities this is an excellent opportunity for the charities themselves to raise their profile and tell people about their work in the local area.’

Miss Roberts goes on to say ‘We would like as many adults and children as possible to come along and meet the teams and to bring with them a bag, small or large, full of donations for the shop. We are aiming to fill the boat with clothing, bric a brac, accessories, unwanted gifts and any other items that we can sell in the shops to raise vital funds for these important local charities.’

Please come along and support the shop and learn more about SARA and Macmillan Cancer Support!

Daisychain Benevolent support SARA!

Posted in Fundraising, News, Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest on March 26th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

It is with grateful thanks and enthusiasm that SARA is pleased to announce we have been chosen by the Daisychain Benevolent Fund to be one of their main Charities during 2012-13.

The aim of the trust is the preservation of health and the relief of sickness in the community. It raises funds through fundraising activities and the Daisychain Benevolent Fund chain of shops. All the proceeds are distributed to its nominated charities. In addition, each shop actively promotes the charity that it supports within the community, by promoting events and increasing awareness of the needs of the charities.

Each year thousands of pounds are raised and this has helped them to donate in excess of three quarters of a million pounds to their nominated charities. Currently their nominated charities are; Macmillan Cancer Support, Children’s Emergency Care at UHNS (Cheethams) and the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

Throughout the year, SARA crew and supporters will be attending events organised by Daisychain, as well as volunteering in their shops at:

  • St Johns, Worcester
  • Barnards Green, Malvern
  • Evesham
  • and taking part in collections of donated items to support the retail outlets

Speaking about their nomination as a supported charity, Paul David Watkins (Deputy Executive Chairman, SARA) says:

“We are all really excited about DCBF deciding on supporting us – they are a great charity in their own right, and it is heart-warming to see that they see us as such a valuable resource to the communities we serve. This year will see us developing a strong link with DCBF, and our crews are looking forward to getting involved! Having been to a shop myself recently whilst on route back from a duty in Worcester, we can see this relationship will be great – we had only been there a minute, when we were carrying stock into the shop, laughing with the staff and talking to customers.”

Wyre Forest Rescue Station and Tewkesbury Rescue Station are looking for the donation of items that can be sold by DCBF in its shops – either contact your local station to arrange delivery/collection or take directly to any DCBF shop, telling the staff “SARA sent you!”

The items they are always looking for include:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Books
  • CDs, DVDs, etc
  • And more!

Keep your eyes peeled on our news feed for details of when and where SARA crew will be appearing at DCBF shops and events!

For further information on Daisychain visit:

Sad loss of Respected SARA Crewman

Posted in News on March 22nd, 2012 by Be the first to comment

It is with great sadness Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) has to announce the loss of one of our crew members, Derek Olley. Derek passed peacefully away in his sleep at 05:30 on Wednesday 21st March, following a difficult battle with prostate cancer.

Derek has played many vital roles within the organization over the past 8 years. He will be sorely missed by all those who have worked with him.

Over the years Derek has been a crew member with our Beachley station, taking on the responsibilities as Helmsman, RYA Powerboat Instructor and a period on our Executive Committee as Deputy Chairman. His drive and foresight have enhanced the training facilities at Beachley station and the inaugural “Cross Border Inter-agency Emergency Services Forum”.

His funeral will take place at the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd April at 2:30pm.

Derek was much loved and will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with his wife Gill and daughters Hannah and Chloe, along with the rest of his family and friends.

Support us on 22nd Feb

Posted in News on February 19th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

Everyone GivesIf you do just one thing today, we’d like you to take a moment to join Everyone Gives on Facebook.

Why? Because it shows your friends and family that you support this exciting global giving event.

Now’s the time to invite them to join you on February 22, 2012 to support your favorite cause.

OK, so you’ve already liked us on Facebook. You’re following us on Twitter. Want to up the ante?

Why not copy and paste this as your Facebook status:

You’ve seen the videos go viral. What could happen if giving goes viral? On February 22, I’m supporting the important work of the Severn Area Rescue Association through Everyone Gives, a global giving campaign that lets us give to the cause of your choice and watch your donation multiply around the world. Please share this video with your friends to let them know how they can be a part of the world’s social giving campaign and consider the Severn Area Rescue Association as their charity.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

We thank you for your support and any donations we recieve will help save lives throughout the Severn Area.