Generous friends and family of David Platt kick start equipment appeal

The friends and family of 25-year old David Platt, who died tragically last month in an incident at the River Clywedog, are helping NEWSAR in his memory.

Team members searched through the night for David and eventually located his body on 27 September.  His friends and family asked for donations to be made in his memory and yesterday presented the team with almost £1,300.00 – with the request that it be spent on water rescue equipment.

The donation has been welcomed and kick-starts a new appeal by the team to raise £6,000.00 to replace critical equipment.

Team Leader Iain Ashcroft said “David was clearly a fantastic young man and we were all touched by his loss. We would like to thank his family for asking for donations to be made to the Team in his memory, and are grateful to all those who gave so generously.  NEWSAR is in desperate need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for water trained members.  This will help us respond to incidents similar to the one that sadly took David’s life.”

NEWSAR is a registered charity that does not receive any Government funding. Running costs have to be raised by its 53 team members, who are all volunteers and receive no payment. Donations from groups and organisations, along with events such as the team’s annual fell race and regular street collections help raise the £25,000 needed to provide assistance to those in need each year.

The team’s ‘unpaid professionals’ come from all walks of life and are available to support the police and ambulance service 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The team is called out to more than 50 incidents a year.

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