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Kent Search and Rescue awarded lifesaving donation by Persimmon Homes

01 March 2023

Kent Search and Rescue has received a £5,000 donation to support its vital lifesaving operations across the county thanks to Persimmon Homes South East.

Kent Search and Rescue received the donation from the developer as part of its Community Champions initiative. The funds will be put towards replacing the organisation’s Incident Support Vehicle. This vehicle is the command centre for managing all search and rescue missions in Kent that its volunteers respond to. 

Kent Search and Rescue has already conducted 14 rescue operations this year working in partnership with Kent Fire & Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and South East Coast Ambulance Service. Additionally, the donation by Persimmon will ensure Kent Search and Rescue is able to continue to provide educational programmes across the UK and assist in county-wide emergencies.

Persimmon Homes were delighted to visit the Kent Police College in Maidstone where Kent Search and Rescue is based to present them with the donation. They were joined by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer and Kent Police Superintendent Elena Hall. 

Brian Tinham, Secretary and Fundraising Manager of Kent Search and Rescue commented:

This grant of £5,000 from the Persimmon Community Champions 2023 scheme, is a massive boost to Kent Search and Rescue. It means we can now start the project to replace our ageing Incident Support Vehicle, a command centre for managing and running search and rescue [SAR] missions for high-risk vulnerable missing people in Kent.

“The grant from Persimmon Homes specifically to help with the purchase of this emergency response vehicle, will go a considerable way to helping KSAR find and save high-risk vulnerable missing people quickly, efficiently and safely. In that sense, the team at Persimmon Homes are life savers.”

Attending the presentation, Martin Crick, Managing Director Persimmon South East added:

“We are delighted to support Kent Search and Rescue with this donation. Their dedication to providing search and rescue services across Kent is truly admirable and we hope that this donation will help them continue their important work and save lives”

Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Derek Mortimer said:

“The Kent Search and Rescue team play a vital role, so this donation from Persimmon recognises this important service and professionalism the team provides throughout the year

Persimmon Homes is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates.

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