Long distance fundraiser coming to Essex!

A fundraiser who is walking around the coast of Great Britain is now in East Anglia and is hoping to cross into Essex in the next few weeks.

Beth Wickes started her epic journey in October 2018 at Tower Lifeboat Station in London and has been walking around the coast in a clockwise direction (plus taking a few inland detours) ever since. So far she has covered over 3,000 miles. She is aiming to raise £20,000 to help fund the work of Lowland Rescue (of which EssexSAR is part), Mountain Rescue, and the RNLI.

Essex will be one of the last stops on her journey, and (depending on how you measure it!) has either the longest or second longest coastline in Great Britain, so we think she’s saved the best until last. EssexSAR will be walking with her for some of it, and will be helping with accomodation, transport, and anything else we can.

Beth has her own website at through which you can follow her trek, offer practical assistance, and donate. We know she’d be very grateful for any support you can give.

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Lord Lieutenant of Essex agrees to become Patron of EssexSAR

Essex Search and Rescue are extremely proud to announce that Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, has accepted our invitation to become the charity’s Patron. The Lord Lieutenant is Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the county of Essex, and the first woman to be appointed to the office in the county since it was established in the 1500s. As a charity we are privileged to have such an esteemed Patron and active volunteer to act as our ambassador. We look forward to working with Mrs. Tolhurst over the forthcoming years to promote the lifesaving work of our charity.

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EssexSAR awarded Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are very pleased to announce today (2nd June 2019) that Essex SAR has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award available for charities and is known as the MBE for voluntary groups. Our charity will be 17 years old this years, and this award reflects the hard work and dedication of our members past and present, and the support of their families, and the service the charity has provided 24 hours a day to assist in the search for vulnerable missing people.

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Turn your old clothes into cash for Essex SAR!

Essex SAR is very pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with BIU Group, the leading UK textile recycler, to locate nearly 40 clothes recycling bins around the county. From 1st November 2017, members of the public are able to support the charity by donating unwanted clothes, shoes, and textiles into one of the bins. Donations are then sold by BIU, with EssexSAR taking a share of the proceeds to provide much needed funds to help run the charity. Find out more here. If well supported, this has the potential to form a significant income stream for us, so please take the time to look through your wardrobes!

Having a clear out and have clothes to donate? Find your nearest recycling bin here.

New locations for bins, particularly in the Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Epping Forest, Maldon, Southend on Sea, Tendring, Thurrock, and  and Uttlesford council areas, are always of interest. If you are an organisation, council, or business with a publicly accessible car park, and are interested in hosting a bin, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with BIU Group!

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