Water Search and Rescue Team - 10x Team Safety Kit

by Richard Bower in Tewkesbury, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2021 we successfully raised £17,580 ( + est. £847.00 Gift Aid ) with 130 supporters in 40 days

Another 10 members have joined the team, we need to raise funds for personal kit bags for them to train and become operational at £1742 each

by Richard Bower in Tewkesbury, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we reach our initial funding target we aim to continue raising funds to train and kit out more responders. Each Water Search and Rescue Team member goes through water rescue training and gets their personal safety kit, but also receives medical and mental health training that costs £4342 each to become a fully operational. As a team we feel that these volunteers that are giving their time over should not foot the bill for these necessities in order to help others in their time of need or when they are at risk. All The training we give them not only helps during times of operation, but as members go about their normal day to day lives. 


Water Search And Rescue Team

At the beginning of the first lockdown almost  a year ago with time on my hands I got involved in volunteering for Water Search and Rescue Team. Since then I have never looked back, having joined a group I now class as   friends, who all share the same outlook: a love of the outdoors, the willingness to want to help others and achieving positive outcomes.1614785075_whatsapp_image_2020-11-21_at_20.36.14_(1).jpeg

Joining the Team

My journey has not been easy going from newcomer to the group, to an advanced water technician. Having started with all the paperwork,DBS checking and occupational health checks to ensure  that every member of the team is suitable to volunteer with the public.

Medical Training

Next came the medical training: First Response Emergency Care Level 3 and 4, Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication and Mental Health First Aider. All these add to the abilities of the team to be able to care for the people for whom we are called to help. These skills are also taken back into the communities workplaces and families of the responders when they are not out on response with the team. 1614786328_3dacae2d-1b29-4d1e-8fa6-e1c807642cf6_2.jpg

Water Rescue Training

Finally I got to the Water Rescue training which is what I had originally signed up for due to my passion for watersports. This was the first time that the 3 required courses had been run back to back over a 10 day period, which allowed progression over and above that which is normally achieved. Swift Water rescue training covering the basics of how  and when to enter water and what you require in place to be able to. Advanced rescue technician covering techniques for accessing more isolated places and casualty extraction. The third course run in controlled environment of Pinkstons Watercourse in Glasgow was Rescue from Vehicles.1614786072_whatsapp_image_2020-10-18_at_18.37.09.jpeg1614786453_whatsapp_image_2020-09-02_at_20.43.03.jpeg

Equipment Required

None  of this could  have been possible  without the equipment that each responder receives,  in order  to be protected from the environments in which they will operate. Every item within a responders  kit bag has been chosen to comply with relevant current safety regulations across multiple potential applications. Advice on this is sought from manufacturers, distributors, government bodies, including DEFRA under whom the team operates. All of  this equipment is vital to enable a trained responder to operate as part of the team, and at a cost of £1742 per responder is a huge commitment for the organisation to outlay. The team  believes in the factor that anyone should be able to join, and as such do not ask for any member to pay for their equipment that they need to train and help others in need.

The  kitbag  includes the following items:

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 Total Cost Per Responder: £1742.00

Are you able to  fund a single item for one kit bag? Are you able to fund 10? 

Just think,  the team could be helping you or one of your friends in the future?  Everyone  involved in the team is a volunteer,  and with no paid staff relies solely on donations, grants, and fundraising initiatives to keep it running.

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1614199352_helping.jpgMonkey and Woe are "helping" sort equipment...

Monkey is perfecting his white water 1614199479_water_test.jpgskills ready for the training course, Elephant forgot his trunks so is on Downstream backup! If only they had full kit to keep them safe and dry!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£400 or more

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£400 - Outdoor adventure with Inspired Adventure

Enjoy a day's climbing coaching, bushcraft instruction, or paddling in the Wye Valley or half day's gorge scrambling in South Wales for 4 with Inspired Adventure RRP is £400! Date will be arranged once lockdown restrictions have been lifted and may not be on the date suggested below!

£5 or more

£5 buys the head torch batteries for a responder

£5 buys the head torch batteries for a responder. This will give you the peace of mind that a Responder can see where they are going, search in the dark, and also be seen in the dark. Leaves you Light and refreshed that our work can go on and on and on and on and on ..... you get the idea!

£7 or more

2009 Signed England Rugby Shirt RAFFLE Ticket

We have had three 2009 Signed England Rugby Shirt with Certificates donated to us as rewards. Take a gamble and pay £7 for a chance to be the lucky winner of this one, or click the other reward for £150 to get your hands on one of the other two!

£8 or more

Get a Friends of WSART car window sticker & bug

If you pledge £8 or more we will send you a window sticker showing your support for the charity and what we do!

£10 or more

£10 Reward - a little goes a long way

If you aren't in a position to pledge an amount to fund a single item or bag, donating a little can still go a long way! Sometimes when out on searches finding a small thing can lead to finding the target.

£17 or more

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Receive a Crewsaver 5L dry bag

Receive a 5L crewsaver dry bag from Extrabits Trading Ltd. (RRP £18) Crewsaver Bute dry bags offer a complete range of dry bags in varying sizes to suit all of your needs. Each bag in the range is a tough, multi-purpose dry bag ideal for carrying surface watersport gear. The semi-opaque panel that runs the length of each bag makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

£20 or more

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Receive a 10L Crewsaver dry bag

Receive a 10L Crewsaver dry bag from Extrabits Trading Ltd. (RRP £21) Crewsaver Bute dry bags offer a complete range of dry bags in varying sizes to suit all of your needs. Each bag in the range is a tough, multi-purpose dry bag ideal for carrying surface watersport gear. The semi-opaque panel that runs the length of each bag makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

£25 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Receive a 55L Crewsaver dry bag

Receive a 55L crewsaver dry bag from Extrabits Trading Ltd. (RRP £28) Crewsaver Bute dry bags offer a complete range of dry bags in varying sizes to suit all of your needs. Each bag in the range is a tough, multi-purpose dry bag ideal for carrying surface watersport gear. The semi-opaque panel that runs the length of each bag makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

£30 or more

£30 receive a WSART 2022 Calendar

Pledge £30 or more and get a WSART 2022 Wall calendar showing some of the places we go and some of the training we do. We'll also include one of our little googly eye bugs to keep an eye on things!

£40 or more

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Family ticket GloucesterWarwickshire Steam Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway have donated a family ticket for the railway that runs right past our base! The ticket can only be used once they return to normal timetables but will allow a trip on the volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28 miles with stunning countryside views! RRP £50!

£90 or more

£90 fund a helmet - get a FoWSART cap!

If you pledge £90, the cost of rescue Helmet we will send you a Friends of Water Search and Rescue Team Cap!

£100 or more

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A 2009 Signed England Rugby Shirt with Certificate

We have had three 2009 Signed England Rugby Shirt with Certificates donated to us as rewards. Take a gamble and pay £7 for a chance to be the luck winner of one, or click this reward for £100 to get your hands on one of the other two!

£1,000 or more

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£1000Reward - Bag Branding to show your support!

If you Sponsor with £1000 we will be able to Brand the front pocket of the Typhoon bag to show that it was Supported by with your name or Business, as well as being mentioned on our Charity Friends of Water Search and Rescue Team website. www.fowsart.org.uk We will also send you a Friends of Water Search and Rescue Calendar and Hat!

£1,742 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1742 Reward - Come and join a training session.

If you are able to donate enough for a whole kit bag, once restrictions allow we will invite you and another person to join the team at one of our monthly training sessions so you can see how the equipment is used and why it's required and even join in the fun!

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A weeks stay at a 5* holiday apartment Port Isaac

A weeks stay at a 5* holiday apartment in Port Isaac. Between September ‘21 and March ‘22 (exc. the weeks over Christmas and New Year). https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186242-d2278564-The_Old_Bakehouse-Port_Isaac_Cornwall_England.html#travelerReviews


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