The Bay Search and Rescue Team is leaping into action – for the north’s biggest fundraising gala event.
The team will be one of three charities to benefit from the project 100-to-1 organised by Kendal photographer Glynis Bland which will be staged at The Villa at Levens in September.
And they have joined in the effort with the help of their “tiny team”, a series of Lego figures which have a cult following on social media.
Team member Mike Davies, who creates the Lego scenes and posts them on Twitter, has made a miniature auctioneer – complete with hammer – in front of the fundraising logo.
On Twitter the Tiny Team is “a miniature version of Bay SAR Team promoting the work of the bigger guys and girls”. Mike regularly posts photos of his creations, depicting the work of the rescuers.
“It’s a really fun way to reach a different audience,” said deputy station officer Paul Calland.
Bay Search and Rescue is operated as a charity and was founded in 1999. The team is committed to providing all-terrain rescue vehicle support on and around the Morecambe Bay, the Lake District and North Lancashire area to HM Coastguard, North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, and other agencies. They are well known for their rescue work on the Morecambe Bay sands.
The team was chosen by Glynis, along with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Macmillan Cancer, to benefit from her fundraising project. She has taken photographs of people born in the hundred years from 1915 to 2014, and a collage of all the portraits will be revealed at the gala event at The Villa. A book of the photos will also be published.
The gala event will feature live music, stalls, raffles, and a grand charity auction for which offers are already pouring in from local businesses.
“The Bay SAR Team do such incredibly important work in our area, and they are all volunteers,” Glynis said. “The Lego scenes created by the team will be used to promote the event. We love his creative talent.”
Bay Search and Rescue specialises in rescue and recovery from quicksand, swiftwater, floodwater, snow and ice using a fleet of all terrain amphibious rescue vehicles, 4x4s, support vehicles and trained personnel. They also search for missing people, and assist the fire services with large animal rescue and wildfire incident support.