What people want from a charity

How does the UK public think charities should spend their money? Research specialists nfpSynergy asked them and have shared what they have found in a report published today. 1. 56% of the public would give more if they knew more about how their money is spent At West Mercia SAR we get most of our […]

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“Sorry, but we can’t talk about it…”

What we do leaves us with a duty of care to a missing person which extends beyond the mere searching for, and bringing to safety. We also have a duty to offer them continued protection by not giving any information which might link their name to a medical condition or the reason we searched for them.

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Sponsorship by Aquapac

British manufacturer of waterproof cases and bags, Aquapac, has continued to support the team by providing individual members – who have to pay for their own kit – with a substantial discount, as well as providing the team with a range of cases for central equipment. It’s small-scale sponsorship deals like this that allow the […]

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Pokemon Go – Tips for staying safe

Two Search & Rescue charities are today issuing joint advice to players of Pokemon Go to help reduce risks outdoors. Surrey Search & Rescue, and West Mercia Search & Rescue are both professional teams of missing-person search and flood-rescue specialists who volunteer their time to help those in danger. Both teams are members of the Lowland […]

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An insight in to a search

Following on from yesterday’s search success, we thought it would be fitting to offer an insight into how the team operates, and why we perform so well as a team in any given operation. Each team member is trained in a variety of skills from day one, with the basic level of competency to become […]

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Supporter Sticker

We’ve just ordered a limited run of 150 supporter’s stickers – grab them while you can. They’re 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) and static-cling, which means they haven’t got any glue on them to leave a sticky residue. They’re perfect for your car, shop, office or home to show your support for your local […]

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Granville Bookkeeping supports WMSAR

We recently did a talk to the Federation of Small Businesses in Shropshire, about the ways that small businesses could help small charities with donations of time and skills, rather than with money. Kim Kelly of Granville Bookkeeping stepped forward and offered the charity her services in managing our day-to-day finances and keeping or records […]

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The postcode lottery of Rescue funding in the UK

We read an excellent article in the Guardian about the struggles facing Independent Lifeboat teams across the UK which have to compete with the behemoth that is the RNLI – a £190,000,000 per year favourite of the British public’s donations that leaves relatively little for other lifeboat teams in terms of recognition and fundraising opportunity. […]

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UK’s first Search Ferret goes operational

WMSAR today announces the first operational deployment for Toby, a 4 year old ferret who has been trained to international search standards by handler, Terry Bell. Terry is an ex-Police Dog Handler who retired to North Shropshire in 2012 and has been volunteering with WMSAR’s animal search team since. He started investigating the possibility of training up […]

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