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A chance to see SARA’s lifesaving work at station open day


The crew and volunteers of Severn Area Rescue Association’s (SARA) Sharpness Lifeboat Station are holding their Open Day on Sunday, July 17th.

“The volunteers of this fantastic local charity need your help and support so that they can continue their important work – going to search-and-rescue emergencies in all weathers and at any time of the day/night, 365 days a year,” said Shaun Egan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SARA. 

“Our lifeboat crews need many skills and we will be demonstrating these on the day.  You can try your hand too – what is it like to experience a high-speed ride on the River Severn in one of the bigger lifeboats?  This is great opportunity to meet the crew, talk to them and get a real understanding of their great work. 

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One of the Severn Area Rescue Association’s crews on the River Severn. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“There will be a fantastic range of activities to entertain the whole family.  Children love the excitement of lifeboats, and the Open Day will be a day for them to remember.  Kids’ activities include lifeboat rides on our lake; the opportunity to clamber over our bigger lifeboats and talk to the brave crews who search and rescue; challenges for kids and their grown-ups; kids’ quizzes; burgers, cakes and soft drinks.  There are quite a few things for adults to do and see as well. 

“So, please come along and support the lifeboat crew at The Old Dock, Sharpness, GL13 9UB.  Doors open at 10am on the Sunday morning and we expect to finish about 5pm.  Parking and entry are free.”

The charity is almost entirely dependent on donations from members of the public and local businesses.  In addition to emergency callouts and twice-weekly training, the crew at SARA Sharpness can be seen in local town centres, talking about their work and with their all-important collection buckets.  

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