SARA Newport Lifeboat and Flood Rescue Equipment Hub

Posted in Beachley, Newport, News on October 9th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

The Severn Area rescue Association (SARA) has established a Rescue Equipment Hub within the Newport city area. The specially modified twenty-foot shipping container houses a selection of specialist equipment for Lifeboat, Swift Water or Flood emergencies and incidents on the Rivers Usk, Ebbw and Afon Llwyd.

SARA Show General Dynamics & Celtic Recycling the new Container and resuce boat they will locate at celtic recycling at NewportThe D-Class lifeboat “SARA-14”, a customised rescue Landrover and other specialist equipment such as ropes, technical hardware, stretchers, casualty recovery devices, protective clothing, scene lighting etc. is housed in the Dark Blue container which was kindly donated by General Dynamics UK Ltd who have an electronics division based at Oakdale Business Park, Blackwood.

During the Winter and Spring the container underwent considerable modifications and customisation, mostly carried out by voluCeltic recyclingnteers from SARA’s Chepstow station with help from a community team from Siemens Water Technologies, Portskewett . It is now installed within the secure grounds of Celtic Recycling Ltd., a specialist electrical plant recycling and recovery facility. The site is manned 24 hours a day providing security and rapid access for rescue crew responding to emergencies within the Newport/Gwent area.

SARA’s Newport Project Manager, Richard Dainty from Risca, said: “The companies have offered considerable support for this much needed project which is now operational. We would particularly like to thank General Dynamics UK ltd and Celtic Recycling Ltd. (Newport) for their professional advice, support and time given to SARA. All contributing sponsors will be keeping a close watch on how the project progresses.”

Mervyn Fleming, SARA’s Western Region Commander, from High Cross, said: “SARA is tasked to maritime emergencies on the Severn Estuary from Newport to Gloucester and its tributary rivers by H.M. Coastguard. SARA also assists Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue Services across ten county boroughs in England and Wales.”

For the past ten years SARA crews have worked alongside and supported uniformed colleagues from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, frequently working closely with the specialist rescue teams based at Newport’s Malpas Rescue Station. The ‘Newport Rescue Kit Hub’ will greatly speed up responses to life-threatening incidents on the River Usk as well as strengthening SARA’s ability to respond to flooding incidents in the city and local communities in the low-lying coastal areas between Caldicot and St Mellons.” He said, “ The ‘Hub’ also houses emergency lifejackets, torches, survival blankets for distribution to trapped victims in the first hours of a major flooding incident”

During 2013 SARA’s local teams were called to action on over fifty occasions.

Newport’s lifeboats receive no funding from the RNLI and are supported almost entirely by public donations and community groups: should you wish to make a donation towards Newport’s lifeboats, please call General Enquiries on 0844 846 0226.

Waitrose show support for SARA

Posted in Donation, News, Tewkesbury on September 18th, 2014 by Be the first to comment


On the 5th August Severn Area Rescue were presented a cheque for £433 as a result of the support from Waitrose Alcester and their customers.

Shoppers voted with their tokens to support the life saving work of the charity, placing their tokens in the ‘Community Matters’ box for SARA. Since its launch in 2008, the Waitrose scheme has donated £14 million to local charities across the country, all chosen by you.

“We are very proud here at Alcester to support the great work done by the Severn Area Rescue Association. Although here in Alcester you could not get much further from the coast, we have a lot of inland waterways which are equally as dangerous, where Severn Area Rescue continue to save lives in addition to supporting the police with missing person search activities.”
Yvette Butler & Nicky Rainbow – Waitrose Alcester

Every month each Waitrose branch donates £1000.00 to the local community. They choose three nominated charities per month and customers vote for their preferred charity with their green tokens. At the end of the month the tokens are counted and the funds are divided up accordingly. Waitrose Alcester alone has given £70,000 since we opened five years ago.

“The support we receive from the public and through schemes like Waitrose Community Matters is essential to the charity. We are extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us and to Waitrose for their continued support.”
Rob Jervis, Acting Station Manager – SARA Tewkesbury

Beachley Summer’s End BBQ 2014

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News on August 28th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

Beachley BBQ 2014

Sainsbury’s Kidderminster raise over £13k for SARA following 12 month patnership!

Posted in Fundraising, News on July 17th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

A year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from Sainsbury’s Kidderminster has made a huge difference to the volunteers at Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA). Thanks to generous donations from customers and colleagues, the store has announced they have raised £13,968.12 in total. On Thursday 19th June colleagues from the store met up with the charity members at their Wyre Forest base to celebrate the successful partnership.

Sainsbury’s Kidderminster raise over £13,000

It’s been an amazing 12 months for the charity after they entered Sainsbury’s Kidderminster Local Charity voting process back in May 2012. For the last five years, the retailer gives customers nationwide the chance to vote for their favourite Local Charity, to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their nearby Sainsbury’s store.

Throughout the last 12 months, colleagues and SARA volunteers held several activities to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s cause. These included quiz nights, rowing the length of the River Severn in the stores foyer, an ongoing book sale, bag packs with the Mayor of Kidderminster, a bingo evening and much more.

Paul Watkins, Area commander for SARA North and station chairman for Wyre Forest, added:

“Working with the staff at Sainsburys Kidderminster has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are so proud of the support from the staff and their enthusiasm for fundraising for SARA has been incredible. We have done some amazing events; including rowing the length of the River Severn and climbing the equivalent height of the three peaks. Raising nearly £14K is amazing and will ensure we can continue to provide our life saving services to the communities. Thank you to Sam, Helen and all the staff and customers and Sainsbury’s Kidderminster, and my volunteer crew for their support”.

Despite the partnership coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the charity will now be forgotten. Staff have built an exceptional relationship with volunteers over the past year, and look forward to working with them in the future.

PR Ambassadors Samantha Buckley and Helen Bower added:

“It has been a pleasure working with Steve, Paul and all the volunteer crew at SARA. The amount that we have raised this year has shocked everyone and we are thrilled that it is going to such a good local cause”.

Winning Ducks of 2014 Announced!

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News on June 24th, 2014 by Be the first to comment


What a fantastic day we had along the Riverbank in Chepstow for our annual Duck Race. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came and saw us on our stands and bought race tickets and/or merchandise. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic support we receive from our local community which has made this year’s race the most successful to date. THANK YOU!

The Great SARA Duck Race winning numbers for 2014 are:

  • 1st place = 476, £100 each to Sue Wilkins & C Cobbe
  • 2nd place = 285, £50 each to Kim Waites & Dan Lewis
  • 3rd place = 796, £25 to Emma Kinsley
  • Winning corporate duck was Step-a-Side, they win 6 bottles of wine!

Thank you to everyone that brought a ticket and came to Chepstow river front to cheer the ducks on.

SARA Duck Race 2014

SARA Duck Race 2014