Posts Tagged ‘fundraising’

Running to save lives

20 February 2018  |  News  | 

Wiltshire Search and Rescue Trainee Andy Hartfield , from Shrewton near Salisbury, will be pounding the pavements and roads of London on 22nd April 2018 for the gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards of the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for two charities close to his heart. This feat is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Andy only took up running in 2017!

Andy will be running the Virgin London Marathon for Wiltshire Search and Rescue and The National Autistic Society. He decided to support these great causes for different reasons, but the two organisations are more linked than you might first imagine.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a team of professionally trained volunteers who assist Wiltshire Police in finding missing and vulnerable people. Often these are people in mental health crisis. Many of the missing people that the team is called to support have dementia, learning difficulties or autism.

Andy joined the team as a volunteer in October 2017, quickly becoming an important member of the trainee team. The training is rigorous and serves to equip the volunteers with basic life support skills, technical searching skills and an understanding of lost person behaviour. Andy has also taken part in night navigation exercises, learning to use the equipment the team uses on the water and taking a fitness assessment, which of course he passed with flying colours!

The reasons for joining Wiltshire Search and Rescue are varied for each volunteer but for Andy, it was part of joining in in his community. He adds, “I moved to Wiltshire with my young family in 2017 and I really wanted to learn more about the place so joining a local organisation has given me the opportunity to do something great, meet lots of people and be part of a vitally important team. Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers are on call 24/7 and last year were directly responsible for saving two people’s lives.”

Andy Hartfield

Andy is running the London Marathon for us

In 2018, in his mid-40s, Andy was given a positive assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Asperger Syndrome). He was concerned how little he and others knew about the condition so wanted to do something to raise awareness. It seemed logical therefore to run the Virgin London Marathon for two great causes, splitting the fundraising between them.

Andy says about his diagnosis, “For me the outcome of the identification has been positive relief. The understanding that my heightened anxiety has a rational root has been life-changing. Autism is a condition and not an illness, so I will always be autistic, however, understanding the condition has helped improve my self-awareness and identify potential coping strategies for related issues I encounter on a daily basis”.

Over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them. That’s why The National Autistic Society created the Too Much Information campaign #AutismTMI. The campaign looks to challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that mean that 79% of autistic people feel socially isolated.

“When I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Shrewton Running Club in the Marathon I knew I could use my good fortune to raise money for charity. The question was which charity to represent. Fortunately, my wife Amy solved the problem by suggesting I run for both.”

Kate Vickers, Head of Supporter Fundraising at the National Autistic Society, said: “We’re so grateful to Andy for training so hard and for running for us in this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

“There are over 700,000 autistic people in the UK, including children but also adults, plus their three million family members and carers. For all of them we are a vital place to turn. 

“Without inspirational fundraisers like Andy, who are happy to share their personal experiences of autism, we would not be able to achieve our goal to make a world that works for autistic people.”

To support Andy and to donate to his two causes please see below

Wiltshire Search and Rescue: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/andyhartfield

The National Autistic Society:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyHartfield

 

For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, please call Sarah Wolf, PR 07747 733216 or email pr@wilsar.org.uk

For press information about The National Autistic Society please call Genevieve Heron, PR 02079033545 or email genevieve.heron@nas.org.uk

 

 

Cheer for Good

30 November 2017  |  News  |  , , , , ,

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is delighted to be chosen as one of 210 charities around the UK as part of Starbucks Cheer for Good campaign!

We’re going to receive £500 of much needed donated money as a result which we’re really thrilled about. We receive no statutory funding and all our team members are volunteers. We do everything ourselves from fundraising outside supermarkets to applying for local grants, so it’s fantastic to have been chosen.

However, we could turn that £500 into £2,500 with your help! It couldn’t be simpler. The 30 charities out of the 210 who make the most noise on Neighbourly and on Twitter between now and 20th December will win the money. So please do get cheering and help us on our way.

Take a look at our Neighbourly page and comment, like or share our posts.

Hop over to our Twitter page and send us a tweet @wiltshireSAR and use #cheerforgood when you do

Thank you for your support.

CheerForGood_Image Trowbridge fundraising DSC_0053

 

2016-29 Callout Warminster

Saturday 13th August 2016

Called out at 09:05 by Wiltshire Police to search for an elderly lady with dementia.

Lady located safe and well and Team stood down at 16:00.

Good attendance despite WILSAR resources being split due to a fundraising commitment elsewhere in Wiltshire.

Wessex Model & Toy Collectors donate

4 February 2016  |  News  |  , , , ,

This week WILSAR were thrilled to receive a £1000 cheque from the Wessex Model and Toy Collectors Club. The cheque was presented to WILSAR Team Leader, Terry Thomas, by outgoing WMTC Chairman, Doug Male. WILSAR were lucky enough to be selected by the group as one of their chosen charities for the year along with a local children’s hospice. This essential donation will be used to update emergency medical equipment for the Team.

Terry WMTC cheque

Wessex Model Toy Collectors’ Charity Night

2 December 2015  |  News  |  , , , , ,

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Three WILSAR volunteers attended the Wessex Model Toy Collecters’ annual charity night at The Kings Arms in Melksham. The club, co-founded by WILSAR’s own Kendo White, has been running for over 30 years and nominated WILSAR as one of their charities for this year.

The evening included a buffet, quiz and a charity auction in which WILSAR’s Mark and Charlie both beat fierce competition to win model cars and books! The evening’s takings will be added to monies raised throughout the year and a cheque presentation is planned for early 2016. Thank you WMTC!!!

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

Volunteers’ Week 1st – 7th June 2015

A week in the life of WILSAR’s volunteers…

Wednesday – Team training, fitness check, 5 Mile walk in under 2 hours.

Searchers need to be fit enough to cope with the physical and mental pressure placed upon them during live searches.

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

Thursday – Callout in Wroughton, MisPer found by Police prior to Team deployment.

This happens often but the Team treat every search as an emergency so kit will have been prepared and boots will have been donned!

http://wilsar.org.uk/2015-23-callout-wroughton/

Friday to Sunday – Several members passing on their skills, teaching at UKLSI in Worcestershire.

Many of our volunteers have years’ worth of experience and are only too happy to pass it on by teaching within the Team or through the United Kingdom Lowland Search Institute. This weekend’s courses included Lowland Search Technician, Lowland Team Leader and Tracking.

UKLSI night search training

Saturday – Double booked! 5 volunteers displaying our control van and equipment at the Amesbury Show and 5 volunteers fundraising outside Sainsbury’s in Calne.

Community events are a brilliant way to engage with the public and get our name known and ‘Tin Rattles’ as we call them are an essential part of funding the Team’s running costs. Thanks to Amesbury’s junior paddlers who donated £20 as a thankyou for playing in our kayaks. Thanks also to generous shoppers in Calne who donated nearly £400 to WILSAR after talking to our volunteers outside Sainsbury’s.

Fundraising at Calne Sainsbury's - 6 June 2015   Fundraising at Calne Sainsbury's - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015

Although it was National Volunteers’ Week, this wasn’t an unusual one for us. Training, fundraising, community events are all just as much a part of being a WILSAR volunteer as the callouts and searching. We couldn’t do one without the other so please like, share and follow us and if you’d like to thank us for the good work we do then an on-line donation is always very welcome!

www.wilsar.org.uk/FACEBOOK

www.wilsar.org.uk/TWITTER

www.wilsar.org.uk/DONATE

Generous Shoppers at Sainsbury’s in Melksham

26 October 2014  |  News  |  , ,

Sunday 26th October 2014. A big thank you to the generous shoppers of Sainsbury’s in Melksham for their kind donations to WILSAR totalling £283. We rely on public donations such as this to keep the team running effectively and at a high state of readiness. Thank you also to Sainsbury’s for use of their store foyer.

Our volunteers enjoy talking with the public and happily give their time to make fundraising events possible, as well as being available for training and callouts. A big thank you to them too.

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, fundraising and other news, visit our Website, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or e-mail our PR Officer.

Kind Donation from The Calley Arms, Hodson

18 October 2014  |  News  |  ,

Saturday 18th October 2014. Thank you to former team member Niall Jones, landlady Claire Baker and customers of The Calley Arms at Hodson, near Swindon, for their very kind donation of £329. Raised over the past six months during their very popular pub quizzes, donations are made to various local charities and we are very grateful to have been selected again. Thank you Niall for doing such a brilliant job.

Read about The Calley Arms at www.calley-arms.co.uk

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, fundraising and other news, visit our Website, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or e-mail our PR Officer.

Shoppers’ Generosity at Sainsbury’s in Calne

16 August 2014  |  News  |  , ,

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014. A big WILSAR thank you to the generous shoppers of Sainsbury’s in Calne for their kind donations totalling £641. We rely on public donations such as this to keep the team running effectively and at a high state of readiness. Thank you also to Sainsbury’s for use of their store foyer.

Our volunteers enjoy talking with the public and happily give their time to make fundraising events possible, as well as being available for training and callouts. A big thank you to them too.

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, fundraising and other news, visit our Website, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or e-mail our PR Officer.

Lots of News Added to the Website

23 May 2014  |  News  | 

Friday 23rd May 2014. Having launched our very popular Facebook and Twitter social media sites over the past few months — thanks to everyone for all the great comments and tremendous support — we’ve now added lots of news to the website:

Chippenham and District Wheelers Support WILSAR

Seend Community Centre Fundraising for WILSAR

WILSAR Attend Emergency Services Show Presentation

TomTom Lead the Way

Running and Fundraising for WILSAR

Front Page of West Country Life Magazine!

WILSAR Flood Response Team Training

Samaritans Charity Visit WILSAR Training Evening

Seend Community Centre Swishing for WILSAR

Generous Shoppers at Sainsbury’s in Calne

Team Tom Running for WILSAR at Bath Half Marathon

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, fundraising and other news, please visit us online at:

Media and press enquiries invited to pr@wilsar.org.uk

Fundraising and sponsorship opportunities welcomed at fundraising@wilsar.org.uk

Lots more coming so check back soon and in the meantime a very big thank you for your interest in Wiltshire Search and Rescue. Registered Charity No 1095994.