Latest News For WightSAR

November 2020 news.……….

 

As we enter another national lockdown please look after yourselves & others as many are finding  their emotional health deteriorates during lockdown. Practical tips to look after your wellbeing can be found on the NHS website (see link below) 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 

WightSAR will remain fully operational throughout the month long lockdown with searches conducted using all appropriate COVID precautions .

 

Following a recently very successful recruitment campaign, we are delighted to welcome a number of new trainees to the WightSAR family.  Their individual experiences , varied backgrounds alongside their infectious enthusiasm is a real benefit to the team and we look forward to seeing them qualify as Search Technicians in early 2021. 

 

Fundraising: 

Sadly,  we have had to cease what few fundraising events we had in our calendar and like many charities we are going to find 2021 a tough year income wise. 

 

Please see our Fundraising page on this website to see all the free and easy ways you can support our life saving searches. This is especially timely with an increase in online shopping running up to Christmas , so please do consider supporting WightSAR at no additional cost to yourselves through :-

 

Another plea to choose WightSAR as your Co Op Member Local Good Cause Charity for 2020 -2021.

Become a Co Op member for £1 and every time you purchase a Co Op product in any Co Op store WightSAR gets a % as your chosen Charity.  

 

Choose WightSAR using our link below:-

 

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/52928

 

We recently received our cheque for £333.33 from Waitrose East Cowes Community Matters Charities .  Many thanks to Waitrose for choosing WightSAR as one of their three Charities of the month. 100% of this donation will go towards our operational costs.   

 

A reminder that our Textile Clothing Bins are still “open” and are another valuable source of vital & regular income for us. 

 

The Textile Clothing banks are located at:

· Arreton Barns – Main Road, Arreton

· Binstead Post Office – Binstead Hill, Ryde

· Morrisons – Newport Road, Sandown

· Morrisons - Newport

· ​Red Funnel East Cowes

· The Prince of Wales – York Avenue, East Cowes

 

Any queries please contact us via the contact form on the website or at info@wightsar.org

October 2020 news  .............

 

Fundraising:

FANTASTIC NEWS:

WightSAR have once again been chosen as a Co Op Community Fund Charity for 2020- 2021. 

Co Op members will soon receive their yearly e mail to choose their charity that their Co Op points will go to.  Even better its more points this year! Please choose WightSAR to support our life saving searches. Our Cause ID is 52928. More details to follow soon.

The recent Quiz held in support of WightSAR raised an amazing £363.50 which is a fantastic result given the current circumstances.

Once again , A BIG THANK YOU to Pete & Tracy Asher for their amazing support with their regular quiz nights supporting local charities.  They are very special people and have raised an incredible amount of money over the years. 

WightSAR will be fundraising at Tesco Extra (Ryde) on Saturday 31st October 10:00 to 16:00.

With most of our fundraising events cancelled due to COVID this is a valuable opportunity to raise some vital funds towards our life saving searches.

 

Do pop over to see us if you are shopping that day  We will be outside the store so hoping for fine weather!

 

Tesco Extra (Ryde) are also running their popular Book Stall raising funds for WightSAR from 3rd to  17th October. 

 

Training:

WightSAR continue to train fortnightly on a Thursday evening  (COVID precautions  in place) , with outside exercises to maintain our search skills. 

 

Our new members are now joining us at training in preparation for undertaking their Search Technician Course in early 2021.

 

Members recently competed their 5 miles in under 2 hrs challenge in Parkhurst Forest , which is a yearly Lowland Rescue competency requirement. 

 

September 2020  News …………

 

When WightSAR needed “Rescuing” !!!

 

WightSAR needed rescuing when the Incident Control Vehicle broke down on the way back from a search in Ryde. 

BIG THANKS to Stag Lane Motors who came out after midnight on a wet night to recover the van and take it to their “poorly vehicle hospital” to fix .  Amazing service from the Stag Lane Motors Team. Hope you all enjoyed the chocolate biscuits!!!

 

And AMAZING  support from the local community and businesses who responded to our online repair funding Appeal and raised a massive £705 plus an additional £105 via Gift Aid.

Thank you each and every one of you . We were humbled by your generous support.  

Thanks to our SSE sponsored Ford Ranger 4 x 4 search vehicle WightSAR was able to remain fully operational while the Incident Control Vehicle was off the road. 

 

The next project is replacing the van’s vinyl  to refresh and update the Lowland Rescue / WightSAR logos. Watch out for us on the road!

 

A long term project will be raising enough funds to replace our aging Incident Control Vehicle …………. Watch this space!

 

Recent Donations 

 

Further BIG THANK you for the following donations:

  • Tesco Extra Ryde for a generous donation towards the van repair plus hosting a recent Charity Day during which we raised an amazing £124. Thanks to Tapnell Farm for the kind donation of the Family Pass Raffle Prize.

  • Shanklin Hyde WI choose WightSAR as their Charity of the Year for 2020 and raised an amazing £150.  

  • Isle Second That have chosen WightSAR as their Charity of the Month for September.  Please check out their Facebook page. They sell online & 100% of monies raised is donated to local charities. 

  • Waitrose have chosen WightSAR as one of their three Community Matters Charities for August and will be presenting WightSAR with a cheque for £333.

  • Only 6 weeks left as one of the Co Op Community Fund charities.  This ends on 24th October 2020 so watch this space to see how much Co Op Members and the Co Op Team have raised for WightSAR this past year. 

 

Training

WightSAR recently re commenced practical training taking all the required COVID 19 precautions in line with Government recommendation and Lowland Rescue policy.

Continuous training is vital to maintain our specialist search & rescue skills.

Recruitment:

A very successful recent recruitment drive resulted in a 18 new volunteers currently in training. 

 

WightSAR have suspended further recruitment for now but watch this space for the next recruitment period.

 

World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September 2020

Please check out our Herbert Protocol tab on this website.

 

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme introduced by the police in partnership with other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc.  In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.

 

The Forms and explanatory notes can be downloaded from our Website by clicking here

 

Registered charity number 1148563

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