Dorset Search & Rescue received a generous face mask donation

DorSAR team
Photo: DorSAR

The Dorset Search & Rescue (DorSAR) is a non-profit group of volunteers who work with the police, coastguard and other emergency services to search, rescue and recover missing people in Dorset.

The DorSAR team’s 95 members are highly trained and are heavily relied on. Their volunteers are on call and may be needed at any time of the day or night.

Even though they play such a critical role to the lives of countless individuals in our county, Dorset Search & Rescue volunteers are unpaid and the organisation relies on charitable donations to cover its expenses.

In 2019, Dorset Search & Rescue had expenses of £31,852, while dedicating more than 3,188 to searching and rescuing missing individuals in Dorset – with no Government funding.

BOFA International, which is one of the leading manufacturing companies in Dorset, has made a donation of 200 face masks to DorSAR volunteers.

As more and more people are leaving their homes, going on walks and swimming in the sea, the services of DorSAR are becoming increasingly needed.

Working close together, in tight spaces and close to casualties, social distancing isn’t always possible. Therefore, BOFA has chosen Dorset Search & Rescue as the beneficiary of this 200 face mask donation so that the DorSAR team could at least benefit from PPE, and so that their fundraised money can be spent on providing critical services.

DorSAR is one of those essential voluntary organisations that often slips under the radar of donations and fundraising.

Their profile had been helped massively this year with their adoption by AFC Bournemouth as a charity partner, which has been a real boost to their profile. They are an organisation that I’ve supported for some time and I was really pleased that BOFA had kindly agreed to donate some of the PPE from our COVID-19 community support campaign to their cause.

Geoff Sagar, BOFA International

In response to BOFA’s donation:

We receive no government funding at all and need to provide all of our own safety equipment from donations or fundraising, so to be recognised by a local business in this way is very much appreciated.

Tom Bryant, Chairman, Dorset Search & Rescue
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