• Head of Fundraising Can you help SARA to help other people?  SARA is looking for a new volunteer Head of Fundraising, reporting to the CEO and the Board of Trustees,…

    6th Aug 2022
    6th Aug 2022
  • SARA is delighted to announce the election of Keith Beckett CBE as the Chair of the SARA Board of Trustees.

    28th Jun 2022
    28th Jun 2022
  • Sharpness Lifeboat Station Open Day is on Sunday 17th July. This year there is even more for families, including challenges, demonstrations, activities, lifeboat rides for kids and grown-ups, food and drink … and much, much more!

    The high-speed lifeboat rides on the River Severn are for adults on SARA6, our standby lifeboat, and will last 20 minutes (including boarding and disembarking). These rides must be pre-booked – please call crew member Shaun on 07718-888836 or email him at shaun.egan@sara-rescue.org.uk. Tickets cost £30 per person or £50 for two.

    Come along and support the SARA crew at your local lifeboat station! 10am to 5pm, entry and parking are free – although we would welcome your donations!

    20th Jun 2022
    20th Jun 2022
  • Over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend the SARA volunteers will be busy supporting events across our area, providing first aid and water safety cover at some and fun activity for families at others. SARA Tewkesbury got the celebrations started last weekend at the Tewkesbury Big Weekend river parade, and our programme for the Jubilee Weekend is below. Please do come to our stand and say hello if you get the chance!

    Thurs 2 June:
    Hagley Party in the Park

    Fri 3 June
    Gloucester Tall Ships Day 1
    Portskewett Party

    Sat 4 June
    Gloucester Tall Ships Day 2
    ‘Public Services Zone” in Kidderminster
    Avon Boat Parade, Twyning

    Sun 5 June
    Gloucester Tall Ships Day 3
    Rogerstone Community Festival
    Tewkesbury Civic Service

    31st May 2022
    31st May 2022
  • Congratulations to the four SARA team members who qualified today as Rescue 3 Europe Rope Rescue Operator Instructors.

    This is all part of our strategy to arrange for our volunteers to become in-house instructors as much as possible, to keep our costs down. In that capacity they join our existing sets of instructors for powerboat and swiftwater rescue training. They will soon be much in demand to deliver rope rescue operator training courses; watch this space!

    24th Apr 2022
    24th Apr 2022
  • Thanks to BBC Countryfile for featuring SARA flood teams in Bewdley in Sunday’s episode, see youtu.be/C5dZdzwJMZU

    The full episode is available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0015ffk/countryfile-river-severn

    16 Mar
    16 Mar
  • It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and team member Malcolm Bradley on Sunday evening, following a short illness.
    Malcolm was a SARA member at Beachley for 10 years, serving as the station medical manager, as a radio operator manning the Operations Room, supporting fundraising events and recently also as a ‘Deputy Launch Authority’ (DLA) responsible for deploying appropriate assets to a callout. He supported many lifeboat operations from the station Operations Room and his friendly voice on the radio or cheery smile in the station was always reassuring. Whatever he was asked, the reply would be ‘Yep, no problem’, and that’s a big part of how we will all remember him. Friendly, helpful, a true gentleman who was proud to be a member of SARA.
    Malcolm was a true volunteer, who had served in St Johns Ambulance for 15 years before joining SARA, including as the Team Leader of the Coleford unit, and served as an NHS Community First Responder. He was also a keen music fan, active as a DJ, a radio enthusiast and was devoted to his mother.
    We will miss him dearly, as a friend as well as a colleague.
    Stand down C64, stand down.

    17th Jan 2022
    17th Jan 2022
  • Today SARA has transitioned to being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (‘Charity CIO’). This is a type of organisation which has been available since 2013 and allows the organisation itself to enter into contracts and hold property, rather than doing it in the names of the Trustees, and gives its members limited liability in the same was as being a limited company does for employees. Many other charities have already made this switch. Nothing is changing about what we do or how we do it, and we remain an organisation which is 100% volunteers. You’ll probably just notice that we have a new Charity Number, 1193634, which we will be using from now on.
    We are now looking for suitably high calibre individuals from outside of SARA to join our Board of Trustees. If you would consider using your skills and experience to support voluntary search and rescue services as a SARA Trustee, please contact us on info@sara-rescue.org.uk for a recruitment pack.

    1st Jan 2022
    1st Jan 2022
  • Whilst not a SARA callout, at least 6 SARA members who are also members of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group were part of team which helped to rescue the injured caver in the longest duration ever cave rescue in Wales. Other SARA members were also involved in taking 8 oxygen cylinders, from SARA and from GCRG’s depot, to the location. Well done to all!

    9th Nov 2021
    9th Nov 2021
  • We are delighted to announce that the SARA Cotswolds Rescue Station is now open!

    This new base will make a significant improvement to our ability to search for and find missing people in the Cotswolds and Eastern part of Gloucestershire. We’re very grateful to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service for making suitable facilities available and the team look forward to meeting and getting to know the local community over the coming months.

    If you are able to support our new station, please visit their fundraising page www.justgiving.com/campaign/SARA-Cotswolds or if you are considering joining, get in touch using info@sara-rescue.org.uk!

    You can follow news about the development of the station, and their operational callouts, at facebook.com/SARACotswolds

    6th Jul 2021
    6th Jul 2021
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