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Wiltshire Search and Rescue buy new 4x4 after £50,000 funding

Photo credited to Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks.

Wiltshire's Search and Rescue (SAR) service has ended a hectic year by purchasing a new 4x4, after reaching its fundraising target of £50,000.

The service is ran purely by volunteers - 75 team members gave over 28,000 hours of their time last year.

Wiltshire SAR had 62 call-outs across the county in 2019, supporting the emergency services in finding, rescuing and treating vulnerable people.

The final £20,000 came from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), enabling Wiltshire SAR to buy and equip the new vehicle.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue Service's latest 4x4. Photo credited to Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks.

Adrian Sawyer, chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, said: “This new 4x4 allows us to be even more responsive over rough ground and in the very rural and isolated parts of the county.

“We are also so grateful for everyone who has given £1 or £10,000 towards the cause.

"Fundraising is as vital as our search work because it is what keeps us able to help when our community needs us most."

The service has named the vehicle 'Rob' after over £2,000 was raised for the project by communities around Marlborough in memory of Rob Dunn.

Adrian added: “Rob went missing in Savernake forest in June 2019, and was sadly located deceased after a seven day search.

"He was an adventurous individual who regularly went on exciting trips to far flung places, so it is very fitting that his namesake will also be doing the same.”

In its latest round of annual grants, SSEN has awarded over £185,000 to organisations across the South.

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