Champion service from volunteer lifesavers
THE North East Wales Search and Rescue team has been nominated for the Your Champions Team category.
Since 1981, the voluntary organisation has been helping find missing persons and saving lives across remote and suburban parts of the region.
They were nominated by former team member and Chronicle employee Sarah Griffiths.
Sarah said: “NEWSAR mainly covers Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham, Powys, and parts of Wirral and Cheshire.
“It’s now based at the Colomendy Centre, Loggerheads. The volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and help the police by looking for vulnerable people missing from home or those in need of rescue.”
NEWSAR is a registered charity and affiliated to North Wales Mountain Rescue Association and Mountain Rescue, England and Wales.
It costs about £15,000 a year to cover fuel, vehicle repairs, pagers and protective equipment, training courses and ropes and stretchers.
NEWSAR also wants to raise £100,000 to buy two new LandRovers and a control vehicle.
The team averages around 25 callouts a year.
Sarah added: “NEWSAR deals with many different types of incident. The traditional mountain rescue forms only a small part.
“It’s more likely to be called out to search for missing persons who are vulnerable, could be suffering from an illness or may even be despondent. The team takes great pride in the service offered to local communities and makes a real contribution to saving life.”
NEWSAR team leader Iain Ashcroft said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted. I’m delighted.
“I personally joined 11 years ago when NEWSAR knocked on my door when carrying out a rescue in Llangollen.”