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.

SARA makes a splash at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre

Posted in News, Wyre Forest on February 15th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) will be making a splash at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre, in , when it takes to the pool for emergency training.

The sessions will go ahead on Thursday, February 16 and 23, to ensure all crew members maintain their skills and are fully prepared for any crucial rescue missions they may face.

Water assessments for new crew members and the existing operational team will be taking place, as well as the leisure centre’s pool acting as a controlled environment for spinal board training.

SARA is tasked by the coastguard, fire, police and ambulance services across its operational area to provide search and rescue services 24/7, 365 days of the year.

The crew’s operational area is not only the Severn Estuary, but includes the middle and lower sections of the Severn and the rivers Avon, Teme, Wye, Monnow, Ebbw, Bristol Avon and Usk. It also has rescue stations at Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury and lifeboat stations at Beachley and Sharpness.

A spokesman for SARA said: The crew are passionate about providing a professional rescue service to the local community, and whatever the circumstances will turn out if called today, tomorrow, next week, month or even next year. As well as every member of the SARA being a volunteer the association is entirely funded by public donations, so please show your support by visiting the website and contributing to such a worthy organisation.

For more information visit

SARA Beachley First on Scene

Posted in News on February 14th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

On Saturday 11th February at 18:51Hrs the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) was tasked by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Swansea to stand-by the M.V.Seahawk, an 87 Metre cargo vessel which had an engine room fire.

SARA Lifeboat 1 was first on scene, ready to evacuate the 7 persons onboard. The vessel’s crew successfully extinguished the fire and deployed an anchor.

The M.V Seahawk

The SARA Lifeboat was joined by Portishead Inshore Lifeboat and Barry Dock RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat whilst the MRCC coordinated the lifeboat action.

Two tugs from Avonmouth Docks: “Thorngarth” and “Svitzer Ellerby” were deployed and successfully towed the ship into Avonmouth docks. There were no reported injuries and all the lifeboat teams were stood down by MRCC.

Mervyn Fleming, Chairman of the SARA Lifeboat & Rescue Station at Chepstow said, “This is an example of what lifeboats around the country train for. The crews from Beachley, Portishead, Avonmouth and Barry were all ahead of the game. Although it was dark and bitterly cold; it was a calm evening and thankfully no-one was injured.”