SEBEV is a winner with Community Cash tokens
July 24, 2012
A voluntary group which helps search for missing people is celebrating after winning £200 in The Wokingham Times Community Cash Token draw.
A search and rescue operation that hunts for missing vulnerable people is the worthy winner of this month’s Community Cash Token draw.
Tony Hine, treasurer at Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (SEBEV), said he was delighted the voluntary organisation had been selected to receive £200 from The Wokingham Times draw.
He said: “We will put it towards our funds that keep us running.
“We have 50 active volunteers and our job is to search for any missing vulnerable people.
“The police will call us out not just in Berkshire but we assist in Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Bucks and Surrey if needed.”
The volunteer force is made up of people from all walks of life – ex-service personnel, paramedics and medics as well as office workers and supermarket staff – and is based at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre in
The search and rescue team is made up of volunteers who must undergo a three-month training programme and complete a Basic Search Techniques course before they can go operational.
Mr Hine added: “We get a grant from Bracknell Forest Council for which we are very grateful and the rest we have to earn ourselves, stewarding and marshalling at events.”
The service was set up in 1980 and is the oldest lowland search and rescue group in the UK.
The team from SEBEV were out in force in Bracknell last week for the Olympic Torch Relay.
The cash token scheme is sponsored by Trademark Windows.
Owner Mark Ashwell said: “We are delighted to be able to help such a worthwhile organisation, which is run by volunteers who give up their free time to help vulnerable people in our community.”