Project LifeKite

Happy April Fools Day. Project LifeKite isn’t a reality… yet. But stay tuned to the charity’s social media for more innovative solutions to find missing people. Facebook Twitter  

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Armed Forces Covenant

Yesterday we signed the Armed Forces Covenant, to mark our recognition of serving regular, reservist and veteran military staff and their families. We were hosted for the day by 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, in a show of appreciation for the charity’s pledge. The Armed Forces Covenant pledges the charity’s commitment to recognising the skills […]

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PCC grants us 3-year’s of rent costs

The Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, has awarded a grant of £51,000 over three years, to West Mercia Search and Rescue, allowing us to expand our operation and continue our focus on finding and helping people who are in danger. The grant will cover the charity’s annual rent and insurance, previously paid for by our volunteer members […]

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Timeline of a callout

On 19th April 2017 we received a request to search for a high-risk missing girl in a very rural area of the Shropshire Hills. This is the timeline of that callout: 18.10 – Police Search Advisor (POLSA) appointed to a high-risk missing person search after local police enquiries and initial searches by car and helicopter. A […]

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Statement re your personal details

As news comes to light of fines being imposed on some major UK Charities because of illegal sharing of personal data, we wanted to make clear what data we hold on our donors and supporters, and how we use it. We will never sell, trade or disclose any donor’s personal details to other charities, marketing […]

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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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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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Hereford Cathedral Schools sponsors a new boat

We were contacted by Hereford Cathedral School a few months ago after an appeal for help with our equipment, and as a local life-saving charity we had caught the eye of their pupil-led charitable giving team. We are delighted to announce that the school has wholly funded a brand-new Inflatable Rescue Boat to add to […]

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Shropshire Star Tokens Needed

Do you read the Shropshire Star? We could win a slice of £20000 with your help. We need you to collect the tokens which are in each issue of the Star, from today until April 9th. The more tokens we can gather up, the bigger the slice of that £20000 we can get. So, we […]

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