Valu­able work with miss­ing peo­ple

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

DED­I­CATED vol­un­teers who have helped re­unite miss­ing peo­ple with their fam­i­lies are search­ing for new mem­bers.

Kent Search and Res­cue is hold­ing an open day on Satur­day, be­tween 10am and 3pm, at the Box­ley Road TA Cen­tre, Maid­stone.

The group, which is of­ten called on by po­lice to help in the hunt for peo­ple who go miss­ing in the county, wants to ex­pand.

Vol­un­teers can help re­unite lost chil­dren with their par­ents and find vul­ner­a­ble or el­derly peo­ple who have be­come lost.

Paul Lewis, a vol­un­teer search man­ager, said: “We’ve had 27 searches so far this year, and be­tween us we’ve put in 11,000 hours search­ing for peo­ple over a pe­riod of six years. Nor­mally we av­er­age about three or four searches a month.”

Some vol­un­teers have pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in the mil­i­tary, po­lice, fire or am­bu­lance ser­vices, how- ever it is not es­sen­tial and full train­ing is pro­vided.

You do need to have a rea­son­able level of fit­ness and be aged at least 18. Po­lice checks are car­ried out on all vol­un­teers.

Searches can take place any­where in the county. Most of the time, the work is car­ried out in the evenings and at week­ends.

Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Paul Lewis on 07977 066165.

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