South East Water has donated £750 to Kent Search and Rescue to fund equipment for its water search teams. This includes a rope rescue kit and water first aid kit.
The charity is one of 37 local organisations supported by the water company in the past 12 months with bequests to community groups.
Kent Search and Rescue has 130 volunteers who provide a round the clock service to assist the emergency services when a person goes missing. One of their number is Mandy Apps (pictured above) who works as Environmental Delivery Manager in the engineering team at South East Water in Snodland.
Mandy and her volunteer colleagues help police locate missing persons and also provide any on-the-spot help that person may need including first aid. Last year they were called out by the police on 84 occasions.
Fundraising Manager Ed Franklin said: “The equipment purchased with South East Water’s donation has already been used in training exercises as well as live searches and will also be of great benefit should there be serious flooding again this winter.”
South East Water is one of 21 regulated water supply companies in England and Wales, serving 2.1 million people and 880,000 properties with drinking water throughout large parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire.