Former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell becomes Patron of Sussex Search and Rescue 04/03/2017
Sussex Search and Rescue has today announced former Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell, OBE, as the charity’s Patron.
Sussex Search & Rescue is the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for vulnerable missing people. They charity is on call 24 hours every day throughout the year and receive no government funding.
The charity’s new Patron, Sally Gunnell, retired as a competing athlete in September 1997 following a successful running career which saw her claim two Olympic, three World, two European and six Commonwealth medals. She is the only female 400m hurdler in history to have won the Olympic and World titles and broken the world record.
The 50-year-old, who lives in Steyning, West Sussex, will now be the face of Sussex Search and Rescue, publically showing her support of the charity and its volunteers.
Since retiring, Gunnell has spent much of her time working as a television presenter and focusing on her business which offers a Corporate Wellbeing Programme to help companies tackle health and wellness issues in the workplace. She will now also focus on supporting Sussex Search and Rescue and looks forward to the challenge.
“I am delighted to be able to support such a wonderful charity.” Said Gunnell. “The service that Sussex Search and Rescue offers is vital for our community and these volunteers give so much time and effort to help those that need them the most across Sussex.
“I hope that I will be able to support SusSAR as it aims to raise vital funds it requires to remain operational as well as assist with spreading the word of upcoming projects, announcements and the great work they do.”
Danny Wood, Chairman at Sussex Search and Rescue said:
“Sally Gunnell is one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes and we are proud to be able to call her our Patron. Today is a proud day in the history of our unit.
“We are excited to have Sally on board and look forward to working closely with her over the coming months to see how she can help us with our requirements.”
Sussex Search and Rescue works closely with Sussex Police in the search for missing vulnerable people, a service appreciated by Sussex Police.
Sgt Russ Phillips, Sussex Police added:
“It is brilliant news that Sally is able to support Sussex Search and Rescue who are a fantastic group of trained volunteers that support us brilliantly in the search for missing people across the county. We are confident that Sally will be able to offer great support to SusSAR and will help them continue to grow.”
To find out more about Sussex Search and Rescue, or if you wish to donate or get involved, visit www.sussar.org
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The Team had a good time at the Arundel Town Day today. They talked to many local people about the service we provide and how we help the community of Sussex.
Tonight's training for the Team was held in Brighton and we focussed on urban, industrial and road searches.
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Thanks to the people of Littlehampton for their donations today. The Team were out collecting at Sainsbury's in the town.
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The Team collected at Sainsbury's in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne today. Thanks to the people of Eastbourne for their generous donations.
This evening we trained at Lancing Clump.
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This morning the search continued for the missing male in Dormansland. We assisted our colleagues from Surrey again.
Several members undertook Navigation Training today in the area around Chichester. It was very successful and all those attending passed assessment.
Tonight we were called to help our colleagues from Surrey with a search in Dormansland.
Today we attended the Worthing Fire Station Open Day with our Search Support Vehicle. This is another event we went along to to raise awareness of the Team.
This weekend the Team acted as marshals for the Orbital Cycling Festival held at Goodwood. This is the first year the event has been held at this location and we marshalled most of the activities across the weekend. Our members camped at Goodwood and just about survived the heavy rain.
Once again we have been asked to marshal the bike section of the Chichester Triathlon. We are very thankful to Chichester District Council for their support.
Tonight we trained in Water Safety and all those who attended are now qualified in this aspect for another year.
This weekend we attended the Eastbourne 999 Emergency Services Day and met many members of public. It was a great weekend and an event we always like to come along to.
Today saw the Team marshalling the bike section of the South Coast Triathlon. We have helped out at this event for a few years now and thank the organisers for their support once again.
The Team were called out to search for a missing male in the Bognor area.
This evening we held our AGM in Burgess Hill and there was a good turnout of members.
We were called out to Lower Beeding just after midnight to search for a 69 year old man with dementia. Thankfully he was soon found safe and well some distance away.
Our latest training was held at Ditching Common Country Park this evening.
Tonight our members took part in the Hailsham Bonfire Society Quiz Night. We are very happy to have been selected as a nominated charity again and will be marshalling the bonfire event again later in the year.
Callout to assist Surrey Search and Rescue with a search for a missing male in Epsom.
Once again we have been supported by the Waitrose Community Matters scheme with a donation of £560. Many thanks to the people of Uckfield for their support.
3 members of our Team attended the Saltdean Lido Fun Day today and collected just under £100. Thanks to all that came to see us and to those who donated.
Called out to assist Surrey Search and Rescue with a search for a missing female in Capel near Dorking. The lady was found safe and well after a few hours.
Callout late afternoon to search for a missing female in Haywards Heath.
We attended the Horsham Hospital fete today and met some great people. Thanks for your support.
This evening we had a good training session in Eartham Woods near Chichester.
Tonight one of our members gave a talk to a Scout group in East Grinstead. Thanks very much for their warm welcome and kind donation.
Several members of the Team carried out a collection at Asda in Hollingbury today. Thanks to all the kind people who donated.
The rest of the Team completed their First Aid training which was abandoned when we were called out back in November last year.
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Another session was held today for members to practice their tracking skills and much fun was had by all.
Several members of the Tracking Team spent a few hours today practising their tracking skills in the woods near Chichester.
This evening we had a very informative talk by the Brighton section of the Samaritans Thanks very much to them for coming along and speaking to us.
This morning many members of the Team completed their First Aid training.
Tonight our newer members of the Team were shown how to set up the SSV (Search Support Vehicle) ready for a live search. It is essential we all work together quickly to get everything set up so the search can get underway asap.
It was an early start for the Team today when around 30 of us marshalled at the Brighton Marathon. We managed 2 of the busiest crossings down near the Pier and we had a great day. Thanks to all of those who ran for us in the Marathon and raised valuable funds.
Training was held at Roost Hole car park off Hammerpond Road, Horsham this month. We had quite a few new members attending which was great.
Today 3 members took part in the Bike Search course and passed with flying colours. They will now be able to go out on our bikes to search when the terrain allows.
This afternoon/evening we marshalled at the HSBC Fun Run, Worthing.
A large number of the Team got together tonight for a social gathering in Worthing to celebrate our new members completing their training and becoming operational.
Tonight we were invited to have a look round the Fire Station at Haywards Heath which was great fun. Thanks very much to the guys there for showing us around.
Today OXSAR (Oxfordshire Search and Rescue) staged a large multi ALSAR unit search exercise which was attended by Teams from all over the country. Several of our members went along and it was a great experience.
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Training this month was held on the Ashdown Forest. It was a very cold evening but we had a good turnout.
This afternoon one of our members attended a presentation by West Sussex County Council who have kindly donated £530 to us.
Today, after eight months of hard work, 8 more members completed their training that is required to become an operational member of the team. Many congratulations, and we look forward to working with you all.
Our two team members, Colin and Fran, have now successfully completed their trek across the Arctic. This is a fantastic effort and the whole team would like to thank Colin and Fran for raising funds for the unit. There is still time to donate, if you wish, via http://www.justgiving.com/Arctic-Challenge2013
This evening 15 prospective members attended our latest induction evening for new members. Our next similar evening will be held in the autumn (date TBC).
Two members of the team were kindly invited to attend the AGM of our colleagues in the North Downs Search Team (Neighbourhood Watch).
Today we marshalled part of the Brighton Half Marathon course. It was a very sunny but windy day down on the seafront. Well done to all those who completed the race.
Today we received a cheque for £1,400 from the Littlehampton Bonfire Society. Back at the end of October last year we attended the bonfire celebrations as one of their selected charities. We would like to thank Littlehampton Bonfire Society for their very generous support.
Team members attended a presentation at the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne and we received £487 as our part of the proceeds from the annual Win a Car draw. Many thanks to the organisers for their support.
Tonight the Team carried out a fitness test in the Findon area. This is a requirement for all operational members and must be completed on an annual basis.
A good number of Team members spent the day in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne for the annual Win a Car draw. Each year a local motor dealer donates a car to be raffled during the 44 days in the run up to Christmas. 44 local charities are chosen and each is allocated a day to sell tickets in the Eastbourne Arndale Shopping Centre. The charity keeps 100% of all the tickets they sell on their day. At £1 per ticket, this raises huge amounts for us.
Today the Team attended the East Grinstead Christmas Family Day where we met members of the public and carried out a street collection. Thanks to the people of East Grinstead for your generosity.
During our monthly Committee meeting we were called out to look for a missing person in Cowdray Forest, Balcombe. We quickly abandoned the meeting and met the rest of the Team at the RVP. It was a very cold night with temperatures dropping to -3 degrees. Despite the harsh conditions we had a good turnout.
Several members of the Team attended the Remembrance Service at the Airman's grave on Ashdown Forest this morning. This was a very moving event with around 2,000 people walking to the grave from all directions across the forest. Many thanks to the Ashdown Forest Rangers for inviting us.
This evening we marshalled the Ricardo and Shoreham Airport bonfire party. Thanks to Ricardo for their ongoing support for the Team.
Tonight we carried out a training exercise in Stanmer Park, Brighton. We were very priviledged to be joined by Ian Chisnall, one of the candidates for the upcoming PCC elections in Sussex.
On a very wet and windy Sunday morning we resumed the search in Pease Pottage.
This morning the Team were called out to search for a missing person in Pease Pottage. Many Team members were undertaking a First Aid course at the time but dropped everything to assist with the search. First Aid training will now be resumed another weekend.
Straight after the Littlehampton bonfire the Team hot-footed it over to Brighton to marshall the British Heart Foundation Brighton Midnight Half Marathon. It was a very cold night but there were lots of runners to cheer on and keep safe. Thankfully it was the night to turn the clocks back so we got a very welcome extra hour in bed. Was a long evening with the 2 events but very worthwhile for raising funds and great for team building.
This year SusSAR have been selected as one of the Littlehampton Bonfire Society charities of the year. Many of our members attended the bonfire parade and carried out a street collection which will be distributed amongst all the selected charities. There were lots of very generous people donating along the parade route and we struggled with the heavy buckets towards the end. Thanks to the Bonfire Society and the people of Littlehampton for their generous support.
Team called out to Forest Row at 3am to search for a missing person. We were stood down just after 6am when they were found safe and well
Members of the unit marshalled at the Hailsham Bonfire celebrations and were treated to a fantastic fireworks display. Many thanks to the Hailsham Bonfire Society for their support once again.
This morning we marshalled the Chichester Half Marathon. Well done to all the runners, especially Nathan Brook who is a SusSAR member. Thanks to Chichester Council for supporting our charity.
Tonight the Team were out in High Salvington practising our search techniques and training some new members.
29/09/2012 and 30/09/2012
Thanks to Asda, Crawley for letting us carry out a collection at the store this weekend. Also very big thanks to the people of Crawley for their kind donations.
This morning we were called out to assist Hampshire Search and Rescue on a search. The search was stood down quite quickly when the missing person was located.
Once again we were invited back to Findon Sheep Fair where we carried out a collection and met some members of the Public. A fun day was had by all.
We were called out to Petworth this evening to search for a dementia sufferer. Thankfully he was quickly found safe and well and returned to his family.
Today some of our members attended Charity Drive 2012. They drove the Search Support Vehicle from Christ’s Hospital station car park then through Sussex, Surrey and Kent to the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden, Kent. Thanks to all of the visitors to the railway for their kind donations.
Today we attended the South Coast Triathlon and marshalled the bike section of the race. If you need experienced marshals for your event please contact us.
Members of the Unit carried out a collection at Sainsbury's in Littlehampton today and raised £171.39. Thanks to the people of Littlehampton for their donations which will be put to good use.
Tonight we held a training exercise between Newhaven and Seaford.
Our Team carried out a collection at Sainsbury's in Bexhill-on-Sea today and we raised the grand total of £521.80. Thanks to the people of Bexhill-on-Sea for all of their kind donations.