Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR), Serve On and Wessex 4×4 Response received nearly £50,000 in donations from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). The sum was awarded to improve community facilities, protect the welfare of the most vulnerable and develop communication during an emergency weather event.
WILSAR, a charity that comprises professionally trained volunteers providing assistance to Wiltshire police in the search and rescue of missing persons received £10,000 towards a new van. The team also renders its assistance to police in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. The new van is required to transport equipment that cannot be carried around, hence improving the quality of assistance the group renders.
Serve On is a group whose base is at the Salisbury Fire Station and Chilmark, they volunteer assistance to local and international communities in times of crisis. They received £19,979 to fund a training officer. The group is made of three teams–the Community Resilience Team (CRT), International Disaster Response Team (IRT) and the dog rescue team.
Lastly is Wessex 4×4 Response which received £20,000 to acquire IT and communications equipment. The group provides efficient transportation services during major emergencies and extreme weather like floods, heavy rain, gales, snow and ice.
Speaking on the donations, Anna Lovell, Head of Corporate Partnerships from British Red Cross said that SSEN donation will go a long way in helping communities in times of severe weather conditions and responding locally when required.