Appeal funds rescuers' second Land Rover
RESCUE volunteers believe they can help to save more lives, thanks to a hugely successful fundraising appeal.
The Tewkesbury branch of the Severn Area Rescue Association (Sara) has been able to buy a much-needed second Land Rover.
It launched its £20,000 Project Landy appeal in December last year and raised the money in six months. Since then, it has managed to buy and kit out the vehicle, which will mean it will be able deploy more than one boat at a time for water rescues.
It will also mean it will have another form of transport for its land search crews and be able to help ambulance crews transporting medical staff during adverse weather.
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Project leader and station manager, Tom Keeling, said: "We are humbled by the support we have been shown both locally and on a wider scale.
"While half of the funding came from Tewkesbury Borough Council, we are equally grateful to the various parish councils, residents and charitable trusts that also realised the importance of this and donated funds despite the current economic climate. This is a real achievement and an amazing result for us. It will enable us to better serve the communities we support."
He added that the vehicle had been put to immediate use and had already been used to help the police with searches in Gloucester and Evesham, as well as providing regular transport for crew during training.
The Land Rover was acquired from Yorkshire-based mountain rescue organisation, the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) and converted for SARA use by Liveridge 4x4, based in Solihull.
Members of Sara say they are grateful to CVSRT for heavily discounting the cost of the vehicle.
They also say they are thankful that Liveridge 4x4 provided labour for the extensive modification of the vehicle at a discounted rate.
In 2007, Sara rescued the father of the firm's managing director, Chris Howard, from floods in Tewkesbury, hence he was happy to help out.