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New home for search and rescue group


A LOCAL search and rescue group has found a new home in Arborfield, following an appeal last year.

The Wokingham Paper, along with BBC Radio Berkshire, highlighte­d the need for Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (BLSR) to locate suitable premises after it had to leave its old base of Easthampst­ead Park.

After learning of the plea, Arborfield Green’s developer, Crest Nicholson, found space for the group on the former garrison site.

And on Saturday, the charity began its move into an old grounds maintenanc­e building, while also taking part in a family fun day.

BLSR works with Thames

Valley Police to search, locate and rescue high risk vulnerable missing persons, such as children and those living with dementia. A great deal of equipment is required to help manage the searches and the facility at Arborfield Green will provide a versatile storage space and ideal base for the charity.

Anil Bungar, senior developmen­t director for Crest Nicholson said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue, at a time when they themselves were in real need. This team of volunteers have such a vital and important role in the local community and we look forward to welcoming them to Arborfield Green.”

And Kris Manning, chairman of Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue, said: “We are extremely grateful to Crest Nicholson for their generous support and also excited about joining the Arborfield community.

“Having all of our vehicles and equipment located at a single base will enable a quicker response and in our world that means better outcomes for Search & Rescue incidents.”

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