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.

Local support flooding in for volunteer rescue team

Posted in Donation, Fundraising, Tewkesbury on March 21st, 2014 by Be the first to comment

Following the recent flooding in Gloucestershire, local groups have been hard at work raising much-needed funds for SARA, and the team at Tewkesbury Station are pleased to say they have received over £1000 in the last week in unexpected but vital donations.

Mary P’s Day Nursery - Rescue BoatA major contributor was Mary P’s Day Nursery in Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, who ran a series of events for toddlers and their families – including making a life size lifeboat – which in the end raised an astonishing £600. Pictured is Paul Fearnley from SARA, who visited the nursery to lend a hand.

The funds were presented to SARA late last week, and will immediately go to use towards maintaining the service to the community that SARA provides. Paul said “we were incredibly busy for a nine-day period, which saw us attend over 20 incidents and provide over 400 hours of operational service. We do, however, desperately need funds to ensure we are able to maintain our boats and vehicles and pay the overheads. This donation couldn’t have come at a better time, and we are thrilled with the amount raised. We hope to host a visit to our rescue station for Mary P’s in the near future, to continue to engage with the youngsters in a positive manner – as well as saying thanks!”

Donations have also been received from The Handyman Centre on Bredon Rd, Forthampton Club, and following seeing the media coverage of SARA’s work, the John Hollingsworth Pipe Club of Birmingham. Another fund-raising initiative has been set up by Ricky Gill of the webpage ‘Whats On Tewkesbury’, who following seeing SARA out in the floods has created a line of t-shirts – profits of which will be donated to the charity. These can found on his Facebook page – Whats On Tewkesbury.

The Tewkesbury team will be collecting donations and displaying equipment on Tewkesbury High Street, this Saturday (22nd) between 0900-1500hrs – please come along and meet the team and have a chat. Unlike the floods, donations are something this charity can always do with more of.

Charity T-Shirts

In the news:
Gloucestershire Echo: Tewkesbury nursery children helped to raise £600 for SARA

SARA & GFRS joint flood response

Posted in News, Tewkesbury on February 11th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

Latest news and BBC video from yesterdays joint flood response by SARA and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in Sandhurst Lane, near Gloucester. Our teams continue to remain on standby and deal with incidents as required.

News Stories from yesterday:
Gloucester Citizen: Families rescued as more heavy rain set to sweep in
BBC News: Sandhurst families rescued by boat

More about SARA’s flood response work:
BBC VIDEO: Crews take food to cut-off homes
ITV VIDEO: We visit pub cut off since Christmas by floods
Gloucestershire Echo: How Tewkesbury river squad are ready to come to the rescue
SARA: Chaceley joint search and rescue operation saves lives
Gloucestershire Echo: Yew Tree Inn landlord and family rescued after boat capsizes

Chaceley joint search and rescue operation saves lives

Posted in News, Tewkesbury on February 4th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

SARA 11 - TewkAt 1515 on Saturday 1st February, Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) received a request from HM Coastguard and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) to launch to reports of a capsized boat with persons in the water near Chaceley in Tewkesbury. A joint search and rescue operation was mounted by GFRS and SARA, led by Station Commander Phil Ryan, with personnel and assets attending from Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Air support was also initially requested and tasked by HM Coastguard.

Photograph courtesy of  ITV West Country

Photograph courtesy of ITV West Country

Water rescue teams deployed to Chaceley and began an immediate search of a flooded area. One casualty was quickly located by GFRS Tewkesbury, and a second soon afterwards by SARA Tewkesbury. Both casualties were found to be severely hypothermic having been in the water for some time. They were immediately rescued and passed to South West Ambulance Service (SWAS) for immediate hospitalisation. Both persons are believed to be making a good recovery.

The casualties had been travelling by boat between the flood-isolated area of Chaceley Stock and Chaceley Village. A third person who was also initially involved in the incident had managed to swim back to the Yew Tree Inn and raise the alarm. In order to establish the welfare of the third person, rescue teams returned with a paramedic from SWAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). The casualty was assessed but declined to be taken to hospital.

Photograph courtesy of  ITV West Country

Photograph courtesy of ITV West Country

Station Manager at SARA Tewkesbury, Tom Keeling, said ‘this is a great result and shows the value of close joint-working. The response from both GFRS and SARA crews was extremely professional, and good decision making using local knowledge resulted in the saving of two lives in very poor conditions. We are extremely proud of our volunteers and of our joint-working venture with GFRS at Gloucestershire Water Rescue Centre. We are glad we could make a difference when people needed us most’.

Crew returned the following day while performing welfare checks and were thanked by Yew Tree Inn landlord Pete Bartlett whose family were rescued by teams the previous day.

Photograph courtesy of  ITV West Country

Photograph courtesy of ITV West Country

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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.