The Tewkesbury branch of the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) has been able to buy a second Land Rover to help with its rescue work. SARA launched its £20,000 'Project Landy' appeal in December 2011 and raised the money in six months. Since then, it has bought and kitted 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.
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.'
Members of the SARA team have recently been on stand-by in the search for April Jones around Machynlleth.
The Land Rover 110 was acquired from the 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 are grateful to CVSRT for heavily discounting the cost of the vehicle and to Liveridge 4x4 that provided labour for the extensive modification of the vehicle at a discounted rate.
SARA supported LRO too; in the November 2011 issue of LRO magazine Mark Saville was featured floating his Series One Land Rover - appropriately known as Plimsoll - with the help of the SARA team. For more information about the November 2011 issue of LRO