A CAMPAIGN to raise funds to expand Tewkesbury’s Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) rescue station has received a £2,000 boost.

Cargill’s Meat Business in Hereford donated the money in support of the ‘Project Rescue’ campaign.

The campaign, which has been running for 10 months, has been established to raise funds for the purchase of highly specialised equipment needed for the expansion of the station.

SARA is an inshore rescue boat and land search organisation, covering the Severn Estuary and the surrounding area.

In 2012 alone, SARA Tewkesbury has already attended 27 life-risk situations and the donation from Cargill will mean the team is better equipped and will assist in its continued expansion, enabling them to respond to even more emergencies in the future.

Tom Keeling, Station Manager at SARA’s Tewkesbury rescue station, said: “Project Rescue has successfully raised the funds required to purchase new equipment and will allow us to expand the size of our team.

“Flooding and missing persons are just two of the emergencies we are routinely called out to, so having a larger, well-equipped team will enable us to increase the number of operations we’re involved with.

“We value our role within the local communities and are especially grateful to Cargill for their continued and generous support.”

Craig Wilcox, voluntary boat manager at SARA Tewkesbury Rescue Station and a Cargill employee added: “The work completed by everyone at SARA is extremely inspiring, especially when you consider that all of our members are volunteers, giving up time to help the Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire community.

“The work at SARA is neither easy nor cheap, so it’s humbling to receive a contribution from Cargill that will help increase SARA’s operational capacity.”

The organisation works closely with the Coastguard, Fire, Police and Ambulance services to provide Search and Rescue services throughout the year.

The all volunteer crews also promote water safety through community talks, work with local organisations to encourage safe use of water courses and provide first aid and safety cover at local events across Herefordshire.