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Roadsign Theft Could Cost Lives

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

In the early hours of 10th April two road signs were stolen from the top of the Old Ferry slipway at Beachley, Chepstow.

“We know the dark hatchback turned up at the slipway at 05:19 am. Our infra-red CCTV surveillance system clearly shows the two men pulling the signs from their mounting,” said Mervyn Fleming, Chairman of Beachley Lifeboat and Rescue Station. “Gloucestershire police have been given a description of the vehicle and occupants but unfortunately there will be a delay while we send the tape off for enhancement before the car’s number-plate can be clearly read… unfortunately for the thieves, the signs are made from plastic composite and worth absolutely nothing as scrap: there is a sticker on the back of each sign explaining this. The men had a torch so they should have read the stickers and saved everyone a lot of trouble”

The two road signs warned motorists on Beachley road that they were approaching a harbour side with a dangerous drop onto the beach.

It is hoped that the Forest of Dean Highways Department will replace the signs as a matter of urgency.

“Over the years several vehicles have overshot the roadway and plunged into the swift-flowing estuary,” said Mr Fleming, “only last year the lifeboat was launched to the rescue of a driver trapped in a car which was swept away by the tide.

These signs are of particular importance to visitors and tourists who are unfamiliar with the road… lives could be lost through this act of vandalism.”

SARA Tewkesbury show support for Daisychain Shops

Posted in Fundraising, News, Tewkesbury on April 17th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

SARA Tewkesbury show support for Daisy Chain ShopsAs part of our ongoing partnership with Daisychain Benevolent Fund, crew from Tewkesbury Station have pledged to help out over two busy weekends this summer in Evesham. Crew will be on hand to help staff during busy periods and offer water safety advice to locals, as well as explaining the work SARA does in the local area.

The Daisychain Shop on Bridge Street has two annual busy summer weekends – Evesham River Festival (6th-8th July) and Evesham Festival (25th-27th August), a three-day fishing event.

Crew have also been collecting reuseable goods and have started donating these to Daisychain for processing and sale to raise money for the charitable causes Daisychain supports. SARA was named as one of their main charities for 2012/2013 with their local focus being key to this.

Station Manager at Tewkesbury, Tom Keeling said:

“We are thrilled Daisychain Benevolent Fund has chosen SARA to be a main charity for next year. We are keen to help out with their activities as much as we can, and the whole crew has got behind this by offering time or donating goods. The service our volunteer crews provide benefits all the communities in our local area, something that is at the very heart of Daisychain’s aims.”

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: daisychainbenevolentfund.co.uk

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: daisychainbenevolentfund.co.uk