Latest News from WightSAR

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July 2022 News …………

WightSAR are delighted to be able to support local, community events again after the long break due to COVID-19. We were back at the Royal County Show, held over two days this year on 25th & 26th June & many thanks to the organisers for inviting us to help once more. We had a fantastic two days and raised some vital funds in the process.

 

July itself saw WightSAR back at the popular RhythmTree Festival, held over three days of 8th, 9th & 10th.  This year the family friendly festival was held at its new “home” of Sticelett Farm, Thorness Bay and again we thank the organisers for inviting us back year after year.  We met some lovely folks, returned several “lost” children to their anxious parents, as well as “rescuing” a Hare Leveret. Thanks to Green, Roberts & Butler Vets for taking care of “Harry the Hare”.

 

Alongside these vital fundraising activities, we had several call outs including one during RhythmTree itself.  If we attend any fundraising event, we will always protect our operational cover.

 

Thinking about operational cover, our recent new recruits have been attending some of our taster training sessions and are settling in really well. They will commence their formal in house Search Technician training modules during August.  The wealth of different experiences and skills within those new recruits is really going to benefit & enhance the team and we look forward to welcoming them as full members in the near future.

 

Forthcoming events include a store collection at Asda on 30th July & 13th August so please do stop to say “Hello” to the team and if you have any spare pennies for our Collection Pot, we would be extremely grateful. We do appreciate that everyone is really struggling at present with the rising cost of living, but even a very small donation makes all the difference to us as we receive no statutory funding. 

 

We are also back at Freshwater Independent Lifeboats Open Day on 13th August (12:00 to 18:00), as our emergency partners celebrate their Golden Anniversary. Again, do pop in to say “Hello” and enjoy some of the many activities and demonstrations being laid on over the day. 

 

Lastly, a big thank you to Wight Fire & Security for sorting out our Fire Extinguishers! Great job from a friendly local business  

 

Do stay safe during the extremely hot weather and follow the current advice https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england/beat-the-heat-staying-safe-in-hot-weather

June 2022 News …………

WightSAR had a busy Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend with an ongoing search for a missing gentleman in Yarmouth that sadly did not have the outcome we all hoped for. As ever at these times, the team always think about the deceased persons family & friends. The search underlined the importance of partnership working with our emergency services partners, particularly our close joint working with the Bembridge & Ventnor Coastguard Teams plus the RNLI teams. 

 

On the Bank Holiday Saturday, 10 WightSAR members received recognition for their long and continuous service to Lowland Search & Rescue with 8 receiving a Queens Platinum Jubilee Medal and 2 others a long service certificate, having already received Jubilee medals for their “day job”.  

 

The awards were presented by our Chairperson and Founder, Dean Terrett.”  Dean received a Medal himself, presented by one of our longest serving members. Photos of the medal presentation can be seen on our Gallery tab on this website. 

 

The Medal awards coincided with Volunteers Week 2022, 1st to 7th June. This celebrates the enormous contribution all volunteers make and the commitment & dedication they give.  WightSAR is one of 34 Lowland Rescue Teams across the country, consisting of 2 176 volunteers who gave a total of 102 000 hrs to incidents last year.  This is the equivalent economic cost of search time only of £4 600 000.  An amazing achievement. 

 

WightSAR recently had a recruitment drive, which attracted several new applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds that will complement the team. We are starting the process of their internal training towards becoming a fully trained Search Technician. 

 

Fundraising remains a constant pressure for all charities, including WightSAR, with reduced funding opportunities and increased operational costs. We are constantly looking at ways to generate more income and members volunteer for fundraising duties on top of their training and on call time. See the fundraising tab on this website to see ways you can support WightSAR, some at no extra cost to yourself. 

 

We have several fundraising events coming up as events start up again after the long COVID gap. Pop over to see us at the Royal County Show, 25th & 26th June, hopefully in some glorious sunshine. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for further updates of all our fundraising events.  

 

If you have any questions do contact us via the website and we will be happy to answer any queries. 

 

Take care, stay safe and enjoy the summer.