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We have made a donation of £250 to Bucks Search and Rescue (BSAR). This contribution will help the charity continue to provide essential support to the Buckinghamshire community. Volunteers from the charity are available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist Thames Valley Police in looking for missing people in the region.

Commenting on the decision to donate to BSAR, Gerard O’Keeffe, CEO of Buckinghamshire Building Society said “ Bucks Search and Rescue provide vital support at an extremely worrying time for missing, often vulnerable people and their families.  We were pleased to make this contribution to help fund necessary training and resources for this local community volunteer organisation.”

Buckinghamshire Search and Rescue help look for all types of vulnerable people including children and those with Mental Health issues or Autism. More than half of their operational searches are for suicidal/despondent people or those with dementia. They help find those who do not intend to get lost, but their memory just does not let them find their way back home.

In addition to training online and individually during lockdown, BSAR also got involved with the Bucks PPE Hub.  They donated over 400 hours to assemble and deliver much needed items to care homes, GP surgeries, pharmacies, and dentists.

Buckinghamshire Building Society are committed to supporting the community in and around our headquarters in Chalfont St Giles and regularly champion local causes.  We also hold a charitable foundation with Heart of Bucks and make an annual donation via a member vote at our AGM to a Buckinghamshire charity.

We believe that through our charitable support, financial education programmes and staff volunteering, we can continue to embody our motto of “doing the right thing”.

To find out more about Bucks Search and Rescue, visit http://www.bsar.org.uk.

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