Police and Crime Commissioner backs local life boat crew

Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, has contributed funding to the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

The Commissioner has made £1000 available from his Positive Impact Fund, which is designed to support local projects that help reduce crime, or support victims of crime.

SARA, which is based out of Malpas fire station and crewed entirely by volunteers, assists Gwent Police in missing person searches and incidents that occur along the Severn Estuary.

Mr Cuthbert said: “SARA provides valuable assistance to Gwent Police and the emergency services, and relies on volunteers who do an incredibly important job.

“I am delighted to be able to support them and the fantastic work they do to keep the waters around the river Severn safe.”

Richard Newhouse from SARA said: “We are grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for this donation.

“The SARA lifeboat station in Newport costs about £20,000 every year to operate and this donation will go towards maintaining our boats, vehicles and equipment.”

To donate to SARA visit www.sara-rescue.org.uk/donate