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Our tag line “For Professionals Who Save Lives” reflects the commitment of the people we work for and we wanted to create a project which would provide financial help to rescue teams across the UK.

Frequently, life-saving teams are volunteers and under-funded – our Volunteer Heroes fund will provide financial support for teams throughout the UK.


Below are some photos sent to us by teams who have recieved support from our Volunteer Heroes project.




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Teams are invited to submit an application to be considered for support in 2019. Applications closed on 31st December 2019 and we will announce our Volunteer Hero recipients in January 2020. 

The National Volunteer Heroes Fund

The National Volunteer Heroes Fund

The Volunteer Heroes Fund aims to provide financial support to volunteer rescue teams.

In need of new PPE? Or do you want to purchase new rescue equipment for your team? A maximum of £5,000 will be awarded to British Volunteer teams but this may be in one large donation, or several smaller donations to teams who need assistance.


Simply apply via the online aplication form below. We want you to tell us more about your team, what you would like to purechase and ultimately, why your team deserve the funding.

There's no catch, simply tell us why you deserve the support and in January 2020 we will select recipients of the Ruth Lee Volunteer Heroes Fund. We will also promote your endeavours to others through PR and publicity materials - hopefully encouraging further support from other sponsors.

The social project is going to be run on an annual basis, repeated each year.


Recent Recipients

2017 - Central Beacons Mountain Rescue - Received £5,000

The Team at Central Beacons is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK, responding to more than 140 calls in 2017. In November, they suffered a terrible fire at their base, which tore through the building destroying all of their rescue equipment and 2 of the 3 vehicles. The building was so badly damaged that when cleared, all that was left were the standing walls which need to be bleached with acid before re-building work can commence.

Currently the team is borrowing equipment from nearby teams, using their own cars and mobile phones for operations. For more serious incidents, other mountain rescue teams are having to travel to cover their area to help.

Whilst insurance will cover the re-development of the base, the two written-off vehicles (a Land Rover and the Iveco Control Truck) are both 14 years old so the insurance payment will be minimal and it will cost in excess of £120,000 to replace them.  In total, it has been estimated that the team need to raise in the region of  £250,000.                         

We hope our £5,000 donation goes some way to supporting the team to continue their vital work. 

If you wish to support the team at Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, visit their just giving page www.justgiving.com/centralbeaconsmrt

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2018 - Surf Lifesaving GB - Received 2 x 40Kg Man Overboard Manikins and 1 X Surf Rescue Manikin.

Surf Life Saving GB is a charity of 7,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches safer and more enjoyable places for everyone. SLSGB volunteers have been providing beach lifeguard training and patrolling the coast for more than 55 years. SLSGB clubs are nationwide, training members aged from five years upwards in beach education, lifesaving, rescue and fitness skills, helping create fitter and safer communities by the sea.

SLSGB has a strategic partnership with the RNLI and SLSGB volunteers work closely with RNLI Beach Lifeguards providing a joint lifeguard service and beach patrol. 

Find out more: www.slsgb.org.uk

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National Commitments

2018 - Serve On - Received 40Kg Man Overboard Manikin

Serve On are a charitable organisation, with a group of 90 (and growing) volunteers who provide help to our local and international communities during times of crisis.

Volunteers include many ex-category one responders from the fire, police, ambulance service and RNLI, ex military personal, mechanics, IT specialists, outdoor specialists etc.

They focus on three main areas: International Disaster Response Team (IRT), Community Resilience Teams (CRT) and the dog rescue team.

FInd out more: www.serveon.org.uk

National Commitments

2018 - London Search & Rescue - Received £1,000 towards the cost of radio communications.

A team of more than 60, LONSAR is a charity that receives no government funding. Members make themselves available 24 hours a Day, 7 Days a Week and 365 Days a Year, with volunteer members spread throughout London and sometimes beyond.

They provide marshals for treks and cycling events (in particular British Heart Foundation events) and for community events in London in return for donations from the organisers.  The team aims to become fully operational on call with the Metropolitan Police in January 2019. 

Find out more: www.londonsar.com/

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2018 - South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade - Received A Dog Manikin

From its historic Watch House headquarters on the South Pier of the Tyne Harbour, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade provides a 24-hour coastal search and rescue back-up in conjunction with HM Coastguard. 

South Shields VLB provide a shore based search and rescue service to HM Coastguard. They work along side the Auxillary Coastguard, RNLI , Search and Recue Helicopter and the other VLB units in Tynemouth and Sunderland.

They are also called on by HM Coastguard to carry out searches of the coast for missing people and for rope rescue.

Find out more: www.ssvlb.org.uk/

National Commitments
National Commitments

2018 - Sussex Flood Rescue - Received An Offshore Manikin

A team of 12 volunteers you are responsible for water rescue scenarios such as persons stuck in flood water, they also provide welfare and medical assistance to those trapped in their homes during flooding. 

Find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sussexfloodrescue/

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2018 - Aberdyfi Search & Rescue - Received £1,000 towards the cost of water rescue training courses

Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team provide a Search and Rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in wild and remote locations throughout South Snowdonia and Mid Wales. Aberdyfi SaRT is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers and entirely funded by charitable donations.

Find out more: www.aberdyfi-sart.org.uk/

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2018 - Oxfordshire Lowland Search & rescue - Received A Search and Rescue Manikin

Oxfordshire SAR members are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. OxSAR is a full member of Lowland Rescue and are directly called out by Thames Valley Police.

In addition to serving vulnerable missing people in Oxfordshire, OxSAR are frequently requested to assist other Lowland Rescue teams all over the country.


Find out more: www.oxsar.org.uk/

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