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Charity awarded funding for life saving equipment from Persimmon

01 October 2021

Charity awarded funding for life saving equipment from Persimmon

A voluntary search and rescue charity which operates in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been handed a cash boost thanks to our Community Champions scheme.

West Mercia Search and Rescue has received a £1,000 donation from our West Midlands as part of its Community Champions scheme.

Our Community Champions scheme at Persimmon makes £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives across the UK.

Called out by West Mercia Police to search for missing vulnerable people, the organisation covers three counties with just 50 operational members.

With the River Severn running through the heart of the area it covers, volunteers are heavily involved in searches, rescues and recoveries on or near the water.

Andy Neal, from the charity, said: “We can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for this £1,000, it will make the world of difference with the challenging winter months fast approaching.

“We have to self-fund all our operational costs and look for donations to keep our equipment up to date so it’s great news for everyone connected to the charity.

“To comply with an upgrade in the Lowland Rescue safety regulations, we need to change our bank search team members personal floatation devices to new lifejackets.

“Our previous source of revenue was through public events and donations but all this activity has stopped as a result of Covid, so we’ve had to find other sources to maintain our operations.

“We need to raise £2,000 and if we cannot do this then we’ll have to curtail our riverside searches until we can find the funds to renew the equipment.

“We’re currently looking to our corporate sponsors for extra funding but this donation from the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme has taken a lot of pressure off.”

Stephen Cleveley, managing director for our West Midlands region, said: “All the volunteers at West Mercia Search and Rescue are just normal people but they do heroic work in our local community for those in crisis.

“What’s even more incredible is that they do it all for free so it gives me great pleasure to be able to support their fundraising efforts with this £1,000 donation.

“When we first heard from Andy and found out how much it costs for all the training, safety kit and specialist equipment, it was obvious that we had to help because it’s such a worthy cause.”

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