The North East Wales Search and Rescue team. Photo: Gerald Davison

The North East Wales Search and Rescue team. Photo: Gerald Davison

A Welsh mountain rescue team is on the lookout for supporters who can help it with fundraising and other activities.

Anyone interested could find themselves at Loggerheads with the 40-strong team, North-East Wales Search and Rescue, when it launches the group at a meeting near the Flintshire village which is the team’s base.

Newsar carries out searches and rescues in both the mountainous terrain of the Clwydian Range and the lower lying countryside of neighbouring Cheshire and North Powys.

A spokesperson for the Newsar team said: “With an ever increasing number of callouts, from 23 in 2006 to 57 in 2009 and 55 so far this year, Newsar is now a heavily relied-on service within the community and is fully reliant upon its team of volunteers.

“Newsar is now seeking many more volunteers to take the team forward and help it continue to make a difference.

“Newsar is looking for people who can spare a few hours each or every couple of months, for people interested in being part of a dynamic search and rescue team, for people who can assist with fundraising events or organise team events and socials and for people who want to do something amazing to join the supporters’ group and help save lives in the community.”

The team said members of the supporters’ group will receive a welcome pack including a car sticker and badge and a membership card which allows discount with various stores and companies in the area.

Members of the supporters’ group will also receive an invitation to social events and have the opportunity to make new friends and possibly act as a ‘pretend casualty’ in one of the team’s rescue scenarios and help Newsar raise funds to enable it to purchase two new Land Rovers.

The launch, on 25 November at the team’s headquarters at the Colomendy Outdoor Education Centre, Loggerheads, will kick off at 7.30pm, with displays and an opportunity to meet the team, see its fleet of vehicles and get details of how to become a supporter.

Anyone interested can email fundraising officer Kate Bithell on or call her on 07754 841721.

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