The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) has been selected to receive a £1,000 grant from the Barratt Homes Community Fund.
The money will be spent on specialist clothing and equipment for the lifeboat and land search teams and vehicles.
Steve Williams, Barratt Homes’ managing director said: “We are proud to be able to support such a worthy cause, and one which directly benefits people living in the local area. The volunteers who carry out rescue operations, education and training for the SARA charity are truly everyday heroes, and very deserving of this donation. As an established part of the Monmouthshire community, with new homes developments nearby, we are delighted to be able to help the charity with its life saving work.”
Charles Phillips, Volunteer Fundraiser for SARA, said: “We were delighted to hear that we had been chosen for this donation. We are a self-funded orqanisation run entirely by volunteers and are totally reliant on donations, sponsorships, gifts, legacies and grant income. We are very grateful for this vital support.”
Servicing the local community
“SARA was founded in 1973 and is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have around 170 volunteers who provide services including lifeboat rescue, cliff rescue, land search and rescue, and mud and swift water rescue. Providing these services requires high levels of training to the same professional standards as the emergency services, and we are extremely proud to support our local communities this way.”
Last year SARA teams attended 100+ call outs, 56 lifeboat launches, 37 land searches and 24 inland water operations as well as providing water safety training and education for schools and other local groups.
Barratt Homes’ Community Fund is a dedicated financial resource that helps to support local causes which improve the quality of life for those living in the region.