Heroes of Thame and Oxfordshire who help find lost people

Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue in action
Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue in action

A VOLUNTEER organisation which helps locate lost and missing vulnerable people is desperately seeking funding and new members.

The Oxfordshire Lowlands Search and Rescue group, which operates out of Thame, assist the emergency services when someone is reported lost.

Oxfordshire lowland search and rescue in action

Oxfordshire lowland search and rescue in action

Chairman Steve Butcher is an electrician in his day job but believes the organisation plays an important role.

“It’s all about helping people and looking out for your community.

“We get a call from Thames Valley Police when a vulnerable person goes missing and the members mobilise to start a search.

“We’ll be given a rendez-vous point and a description of the person and then we’ll set about searching the area.”

The group work in cooperation with other teams and often get called out to neighbouring counties.

The majority of the people the group is called to help find are either elderly and confused or mentally ill. The group has been called out to help in around 20 emergencies in the last six months.

Vice chairman Jennie Webster said: “We only get called for the critical cases. A lot of the people we search for are elderly and have dementia.

“I do it because I’d like to think if it was my gran out there someone would be looking for her.

“We’re completely publicly funded and rely on donations.

“We want to make sure our members get the best training so when someone we love goes missing you know we have the best chance of finding them.

“We’re also always on the look out for volunteers.”

For more information visit www.oxsar.org.uk