Wyre Forest

Official Launch of Latest Inshore rescue boat “Stuart Frost”

Posted in News, Wyre Forest on January 11th, 2017 by Be the first to comment

SARA will be having an official launch and dedication of their newest inshore lifeboat to a lost colleague and friend Stuart Frost W26, on 21st January 2017 which starts at 1pm.imgID94761644


The event will be held at Stourport-on-Severn Rowing club where there will be a short ceremony to dedicate and bless the boat, SARA 26.imgID94761697

Following the ceremony around 1.30pm there will be photo opportunities and a short demonstration of some of the ways the boats are used during a search and rescue. This can also be viewed on the bridge if safe to do so.

You don’t often get the chance to see this, so don’t miss out, book it in your diary and tell us you are coming.

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We often get asked who and what is SARA.

SARA stands for – “Severn Area Rescue Association” and is an Independent Inshore Rescue boat and Land Search organisation covering the Severn Estuary, upper reaches of the River Severn, and the rivers Wye, Bristol Avon, Tewkesbury Avon and Usk.

We have 4 stations Beachley, Sharpness, Tewksbury and Wyre Forest. At Wyre Forest we have 3 land rover defenders, 4 rescue boats, 1 incident support unit van and 20 operational crew members ready to go supported by 30 non-operational crew. We are directly called out by the police, fire or ambulance services to emergencies requiring our specialist skills in hazardous environments.

Every single member of SARA is an unpaid professional. We are one a few charities these days who do not pay any members. All crew do this around their regular jobs and family life, SARA becomes very much a way of life for devoted crew.

SARA is the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK – not in any way linked to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute)- second only to the RNLI, with 15 operational boats, 9 Mobile Response Units, 4 stations and approximately 150 personnel.

Locals SHOCKED, Rescuers ROBBED!

Posted in Fundraising, News, Wyre Forest on April 10th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

SARA’s Wyre Forest Rescue Station was the victim of an unbelievable burglary and vandalism that has seriously damaged two Mountian Rescue Land Rovers, with equipment including the Rapid Deployment Craft (RDC) affectionately known as the banana boat, fuel being stolen from the vehicles and also locked boat sheds.

Inflatable Yellow Oceanid RDC aka The Banana Boat, stolen from Kidderminster April 2014

Inflatable Yellow Oceanid RDC aka The Banana Boat, stolen from Kidderminster April 2014

SARA WFRS remains on call for all incidents, but the Team appeals for any information on this crime to be reported immediately to West Mercia Police. SARA need to replace and repair key equipment as a direct result of this and rely completely on public donations to cover running costs.

Two of SARA’s teams have been tasked to three life risk incidents this week alone and this equipment is key to operations.

We’ve gone bananas, can you? Please go #BananasForSARA post a picture of you & a banana, text “SARA04 £2” to 70070 & help us replace our stolen banana boat.

#BananasForSARA pic of U + banana, text "SARA04 £2" to 70070. Thanks

#BananasForSARA pic of U + banana, text “SARA04 £2” to 70070. Thanks

We have now set up a dedicated appeal for the replacement equipment and vehicle repairs. If you would like to donate, please follow this link: http://www.justgiving.com/wyreforest. You can also donate by text, by texting “SARA04 £x” to 70070 with x being any amount between £1-£10.

Please support your local voluntary Search and Rescue Team, we need your support, thank you.

Sainsburys Update!

Posted in Donation, Fundraising, News, Wyre Forest on November 29th, 2013 by Be the first to comment

Sainsbury'sSainsburys Kidderminster have now raised a massive £7000!

They have done this by holding a Bingo night, a blind raffle, a bag packing event, Teddy and Book sale and are working towards their next fundraising event. This will allow people to fill a bag of unwanted clothes which will be weighed in for the charity. Our thanks go to all the staff and customers at Sainsburys Kidderminster.

Wyre Forest climb the 3 peaks

Posted in Fundraising, News, Wyre Forest on November 18th, 2013 by Be the first to comment

On 14th December 2013 the crew of the Wyre Forest Rescue Station will be climbing the equivalent height of the three highest peaks in the UK. That’s Ben Nevis at 1344m, Snowdon at 1085m and Scarfell Pike at 978m which combined make a whopping 3407m rock climb!

Wyre Forest 3 Peak Team 2013

Throughout this challenging fundraising event the team will be heavily supported by Wolf Mountain Indoor Climbing Centre, Wolverhampton who are providing the crew with access to their fantastic facilities and equipment.

The volunteer crew of the Wyre Forest Rescue Station, located in Kidderminster will be at the climbing centre from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Memebers of the public are invited along to meet the crew, learn about their vital role and enquire about volunteering within our organisation as an operational crew member or a supporter of SARA who assist with our fundraising.

To show your support for one of the largest independent lifeboat organisations in the UK, you can donate securely via Just Giving by clicking here. Alternatively you can text SARA73 £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Business Support Award for Sainsbury’s Kidderminster

Posted in Fundraising, News, Wyre Forest on November 10th, 2013 by Be the first to comment

IMG_2339‘Severn Area Rescue Association’ (SARA) plays an important role in assisting WMAS when it comes to river rescues and flood alerts. It is not easy to fund an increasingly expensive operation like SARA so when Sainsbury’s in Kidderminster stepped forward the organisation was overjoyed. To mark the business link between SARA and their sponsor Sainsbury’s, the store was presented with a Business Support Award by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Steve Bradley from SARA assisted with the presentation.

Store Manager Kevin Healey and Charity Liaison Staff Helen Bower and Samantha Buckley all photoed. (Photo Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service)