Who we are

West Mercia Search & Rescue find people who are at risk from injury, hazardous terrain or water, and ensure their safety.

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How we use your donations

We want you to know where your donations are going and how they are used. We believe that every penny should make a difference; and so here is why…


Support Us

Our supporters play a crucial part, helping the operational team at searches and training exercises, as well as raising money and spreading the word


The Search

It’s 1am on a Wednesday morning in autumn. The weather is cold and crisp, and it’s a moonless night.

The phone rings and the Police request assistance in tracing an 83 year-old lady who has been missing for 48 hours. She has advanced dementia and has wandered away from home when her husband went out to get dinner.

We page our members to respond to an area near her home address immediately, and we set about scouring maps and satellite imagery of the area to come up with a deployment plan for when they arrive. (more…)



West Mercia Search & Rescue find people who are at risk from injury, hazardous terrain or water, and ensure their safety.

We are called out by the Police and Fire Services when help is needed in locating vulnerable people in Shropshire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

We are a registered charity, and nobody in the team is paid for their time.

100% of all donations go towards running the operational rescue team.




We are the official Lowland Rescue unit for the West Mercia Police area, operating as part of the UK’s rescue backbone alongside Mountain Rescue, the Coastguard, RNLI and Lifeguards.
We are also a registered DEFRA Flood Rescue Boat team, and can be called to respond anywhere in the country when flooding occurs.


We need your help to continue this life-saving service – all of our equipment, overheads and training is paid for by charitable donations and grants. Please consider donating, getting sponsored, or getting your company involved with us.

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