A TEWKESBURY rescue association have celebrated after completing a project to fund a new specialist 4x4.

The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) Tewkesbury began Project Landy in December last year with a target of £20,000.

They reached the total within six months and launched the SARA Mobile 1 in September.

The core vehicle, which is stationed at Gloucestershire Water Rescue Station, was bought at a large discount price from nearby Mountain Rescue Team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and converted for SARA use by Liveridge 4x4.

Project lead and Station Manager, Tom Keeling, said: ‘We are humbled by the support we have been shown both locally and on a wider scale.

“While the majority of the funding came from Tewkesbury Borough Council, we are equally grateful to the various Parish Councils, local residents and charitable trusts that also realised the importance of this and donated funds despite the current economic climate.

“This is a real achievement and an amazing result for us; this will enable us to better serve the communities we support.”

The vehicle has been put to immediate use and has already been used to assist the Police with searches in both Gloucester and Evesham, as well as providing regular transport for crew during training.

For more information visit sara-rescue.org.uk/stations/tewkesbury/project-landy.