We have had many supporters over the team's ten year history and it would be impossible to list them all. We receive donations of a few pence put into a collection tin or a text donation of a pound right up to donations of thousands of pounds.
Members also work very hard to raise funds by bag packing at supermarkets, street collections or by providing standby medical rescue cover at events.
As we are all volunteers we can guarantee that every single penny is spent on ensuring that we provide the best service possible to the residents of Cheshire and beyond.
If you can help us to help you by making a donation or you wish to join our support group please get in touch.
Many thanks to Joe at Lumisafe who has generously provided the team discount for a number of years.
Many thanks to Land Ranger Services Ltd. for the hugely discounted parts used for the renovation of our 4x4 Land Rover ambulance "Kate".
Many thanks to Fastparts, Northwich for the supply of parts for our 4x4 Land Rover ambulance "Kate" at a greatly reduced cost.
Huge thanks to Rob at Car Keys Mobile who could not have been more helpful. We made an appointment for him to program a spare key for the Ford Ranger that was recently donated by Cheshire police. After diagnosing and fixing a fault with the vehicles coding system he programmed the key.
We were quoted £180 plus VAT by one company and another tried but failed to do the job but Rob not only resolved the problem but didn't charge us a penny.
We are sometimes asked by Cheshire police to assist with the sad task of recovering bodies from difficult to access locations and we train hard to ensure that this is done in a dignified and respectful manner.
We are most grateful to Jacqueline, Dan and Nigel for giving up their free time to run training sessions. Their dedication to what they do is clearly evident and we are most grateful for their offer of continued support for the team.
Harberson has provided Cheshire Search And Rescue with hosting for our website completely free of charge. Harberson is an exhibition printing company pecialising in printed tablecloths, large scale printing and embroidery, exhibition stands, roller banners and all things exhibition related. They do all their printing inhouse at their Appleton warehouse, so everything is UK made.
Over the past year we’ve been working with Future Safety testing and trailing the Manta SAR Helmet. This helmet is in use all over the world in a number of applications and is regarded as the best preforming all round helmet.
Future Safety approached the team to trial some new parts for the Manta given that we can offer feedback from a number of differing roles. As a result of this collaboration, the team purchased, with thanks to Knutsford Town Council, a number of Manta SAR helmets for personal issue to it's members. It is hoped that with further fundraising, more can be purchased to ensure every member of the Team has one as personal issue, much like our uniforms. We'd like to thank Colin from Future Safety for all his time and massive support he has given the team. As a result of this mutual support we've spread the word of these helmets and are pleased to announce a number of other rescue teams are now purchasing them.
We would like to sincerely thank Macclesfield based Chartered Accountants Harts for buying a printer/scanner/photocopier for our control vehicle. The printer will be used for training and call outs to provide detailed mapping of search areas and all paperwork that we use to manage a search which ultimately gets submitted to the police.
Support team member Lauren O'Shea did a sponsored walk up Snowdon and was ably assisted by team members Andrew Isherwood and Sean Coles. Wanting an early start she was up at 03:00hrs and started the hike at 06:45 reaching the summit at 13:00. The walk which ended at 17:00 included both Crib Goch and Bwlch Goch. Lauren is a valued member of the team has been a member for two years during which time she has assisted in almost everything that we do from fundraising to being a "casualty" during both weekly training sessions and also full weekends.
A huge thanks to all students who donated to the team.
We would sincerely like to thank the Trustees of Mrs Dargue's estate for choosing Cheshire Search and Rescue as a charity worthy of receiving a legacy from such an altruistic lady.
We get so much more than donations from the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers that we visit to run skill stations, awareness sessions or provide medical cover for their events. It is truly amazing to meet such inspiring young people and humbling that they choose to raise funds for the team.
For the second year running Monckton Properties have generously donated an office in the heart of Knutsford where all of the team's administration and planning takes place. Prior to having an office all such work was done at separate locations in member's homes or places of work which had huge issues for continuity and coordination.
We are now able to meet together in a superb office and it has made a huge difference to the effective organisation of the team.
We regularly hold executive committee meetings, training meetings, meetings with Cheshire police and all of the teamâ€™s administration and course planning.
We were thrilled to receive a full set of LED lights for both of our Land Rover Defender 4×4 ambulances free of charge.
Tata chemicals have been supporters of the team for many years and have purchased substantial amounts of equipment including helmets and incident scene lighting. Donations have been made by both the Employees Charities Trust and Tata Chemicals Europe.
PHS Compliance are long term supporters of the team and have in recent years paid for a defibrillator for our control vehicle and have most recently paid for a waterproof and shockproof mobile phone and paid for the contract for three years. The "baton phone" as it is affectionately called is passed between a rota of search managers and is the first point of contact when we are called out by the emergency services and other Lowland Rescue and Mountain Rescue Teams.
As well as buying all of their personal kit (except a coat and t shirt) and all fuel costs members also pay £10 per month subs to the team. This is a voluntary donation contributes towards the fixed running costs of the team which are an average of £50 per day.
We were very honoured to have been nominated the charity of the year last year by the Warrington and District Province, Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and this evening Fundraising lead Mark and Deputy Team Leader Dave were invited to receive a very generous donation of one thousand three hundred and fifty pounds.
The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (founded in 1822) is a social and benevolent organisation whose aims are to aid members in need and the widows and orphans of deceased members, to support external charitable and philanthropic groups at national and local levels and to encourage communication, support and well-being amongst its members.
We were thrilled to discover that we were to be chosen as one of the Mayor's two charities of the year when we met Mayor Barbara Coan at the official opening of our office in Knutsford (see Monckton Properties). In the year that followed she was a superb supporter and ambassador for the team.
The highlight of the years fundraising was the glamorous Mayors Ball held at Belle Époque in Knutsford which was followed shortly afterwards by the annual Knutsford Beer Festival.
We would like to sincerely thank Mayor Barbara Coan and all of the residents and businesses of Knutsford that generously donated to the team.
We are thrilled to have the support of a philanthropist who has asked not to be named. This huge amount of money has been donated over several years and it goes without saying that it has made a huge difference to the service that we can provide to the residents of Cheshire and beyond.
The young people's initial brief was to go away on two action packed residential holidays, plan and deliver a project in the community and then celebrate their achievements at a graduation ceremony.
Our brief was to enthuse the group that had chosen us as a charity and over the summer we taught them first aid, ran a search and rescue training day and worked with them every week at the Victoria Park Experience. Whilst trying to be inspirational we were in fact truly inspired by them all not just for the fact that they volunteered and stuck with the project but the real effort that they put in.
Part of the experience was fundraising and the group were tasked with trying to raise £100 for us. This target was met on their first fundraising event but instead of resting on their laurels they gave up even more of their summer holiday to do a car wash, bag pack and cake sale to name a few.
At a presentation evening Sam, Meg, Shannon and Mark presented the team with five rescue life jackets each with cowtails, water rescue gloves and rescue knives with each set being worth £150. If you, a friend or member of your family goes missing near water there will now be five more people looking for you than there would have been was it not for the hard work of these young people.
We were delighted to receive a donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
We have purchased a water rescue raft which is designed to remove both people and pets from flooded properties to a place of safety.
We are also trialling a state of the art search dog tracking system which we will be able to buy should the trial be a success. This system is already in use by dogs in the military and police forces and we understand that we will be one of the first SAR teams to use it operationally if the trial is successful. This will not only aid in the search for missing people but ensure that our search dogs and their handlers are not only more effective but safer.
Updates and photographs to follow.
We were thrilled to receive a grant to purchase a laptop which is used to run all searches. We are now able to provide search teams with much more accurate mapping at various scales and track members positions which greatly increase the effectiveness of a search and safety for members.
As a team we have regularly searched for missing and vulnerable people in Warrington and indeed the team was formed following the disappearance of a Warrington resident.
The Deanwater Hotel has supported the team for many years and has donated the use of conference rooms for large meetings and training sessions for the full team and also refreshments. In 2013 the owners of the Deanwater Hotel heard that we were soon to lose our permanent base in Warrington that stored the team's extensive equipment and three vehicles. Although most of the kit and vehicles has been temporarily housed at Army Barracks in Widness we are now able to store one of our fully equipped 4×4 land rover ambulances in the East of the county.
We also have exclusive use of a large training suite, showers and kitchen facilities which will enable us to run a number of our training courses both indoor and out, using the grounds as a backdrop to the more practical elements, especially the water and party leader aspects. Having this facility will not only provide a venue for the team but also it will allow us to offer places to other teams.
The Deanwater Hotel is also ideally suited for the service we provide to the East of the County during the winter months especially in severe weather, provided team members somewhere warm and all the facilities to be able to provide 24hr rapid response standby cover.
This unique village tradition started in 1953 with the tradition of the crowning of the Rose Queen being introduced in 1961.
A brass band leads followed by the Rose Queen elect and the retiring Rose Queen with their retinues. Also involved are tractors and trailers with school children's tableau, the Parish Council and also the WI in fancy dress in keeping with the fete's chosen theme.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all involved for their generous donation.
In June 2014 we were honoured to discover that we had been shortlisted as one of three Charities that were to be considered as charities of the year for Sainsbury's at Caldy Valley, Chester.
In June we visited the store and made a short presentation about the team and were asked questions by a panel of staff. A week later we were thrilled to discover that we had been voted to be their chosen charity of the year.
We are really looking forward to meeting with staff and planning how we will work together over the coming year to promote and raise funds for the team.
Regular updates will be made in our news section and the grand total raised will be announced in June next year.
Team Member Mark Susca is an Old Boy from the school and he returned to meet with the new generation of Cestrians and the current Masters. He was joined by Member Barbara Broderick, herself a teacher from another school. They gave a presentation about the Team during morning assembly and were very grateful for receiving an extremely kind donation.
This was an extremely kind donation to the Team following the word of the Team's work and reputation reaching this hugely charitable group of people who have helped a number of local charities and causes over the years.
We continue to receive donations to the team from friends and family of much loved and respected Nathan Taylor.
G4S through its employee and team member Steve Hill have been avid supporters of the Team for a number of years and have provided donations through a number of charity funds.
Airbus UK through one of our members have helped match a number of donations through their continued commitment to the community.
Novelis UK Ltd, part of the multinational aluminium company with a manufacturing facility in Warrington, generously donated two laptops to the team and also, through its "Novelis Neighbour Program" a cheque for £3000, which we used to buy our first new vehicle — a Vauxhall Vivaro van.
Knutsford resident and team supporter Sarah has been a very vocal supporter of the team and we have received numerous donations from people and companies that she has introduced to the work that we do.
The donation was made by Sarah making a fun bet at William Hill bookmaker which they price matched.