Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue: how Bath Spa University has helped

Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue: how Bath Spa University has helped

Rachel McCarthy

The work that Bath Spa University students have been doing to help Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue has been wildly successful, raising money to keep the charity organisation doing their best to save lives. They work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help keep those in and around Bath safe, however, many deaths still occur.

Eleven people have died in the River Avon in the last 6 years alone. Without the Search and Rescue teams, that figure would no doubt be higher. However, in order to keep running they rely on donations from the public. That is why we teamed up with them for the past couple of months to help out:

·         We have organised multiple bake sales on campus that attracted students from all subjects to pitch in a couple of pounds.

·         There was also an open mic night was at bar within Bath city centre showcasing the creative writing students’ talents. There was both satirical and emotional poetry, comedic original songs and hits we all know and love. A couple of brave souls even took their hand at stand-up comedy, mainly taking jabs at relatable student issues. Although the bar was relatively small, it was packed from corner to corner and then some, giving an overall atmosphere of a tight knitted community.

·         More donations were collected at the Home-Grown talent show, which although was mostly directed at helping the soil association was an undeniably excellent opportunity to help out both organisations, not just one.

·         One of the largest events organised for search & rescue was a charity sponsored run, where runners had the opportunity to win prizes for raising money from their sponsorships. The actual event was a great way to raise money for the charity, but was also crucial in raising awareness for Search & Rescue and spreading the word to people to donate whatever and whenever they can.

One recent use of these donations was a new state of the art vehicle which helps locate missing people. Furthermore, the creation of posts along the river allow passer-by to contact search and rescue and help someone in the river without endangering their own lives.

Overall, the past couple of months have been a greatly successful! We raised hundreds of pounds for the dedicated teams of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue and encouraged people to donate not just at the events, but for a long time afterwards.


Rachel McCarthy



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