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Family raise money to say thanks

Redditch Editorial 23rd Oct, 2014 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

THE FAMILY of an Alcester man with Alzheimer’s are set to raise money for the volunteer team who helped search for him.

Lowland Rescue teams from Warwickshire and surrounding counties searched the rivers Arrow and Alne as well as the fields and wooded areas surrounding the town when Ted Hemming went missing.

The 76-year-old went missing from a temporary care home on September 26 and the volunteers teams were called in the following day when he had not appeared. He was eventually found late that afternoon in Great Alne by his own family members who had been searching the main roads.

His family is now organising a fund-raising event on Saturday, December 6, from 5.30pm at Alcester War Memorial Town Hall. The rescue teams will be in attendance and residents are invited to meet them and find out more about the work they do.

All the specialists are unpaid and fund their own fuel and equipment, coming from as far afield as Telford, Ludlow and Leicester to help find Mr Hemming.

His wife Rudee said: “Our family wanted to show our enormous gratitude to the volunteers who came from so far and wide to help in the search for Ted.

“We had not realised that there were people out there who would give up their time and money to help others in this way and we want to spread the word for them.”

Andy MacAuley, who led the search teams on the day, said to protect the most vulnerable people they could not talk about most of the work they did, so lost out on donations to other charities.

“As Lowland Rescue volunteers, we are on call to help the police search for those with dementia, mental health problems or other vulnerabilities at their time of greatest need.

“To have Ted’s family offer us this kind of support is an amazing gesture, and it makes a huge difference to the morale of our volunteers, who give their time and money asking for nothing in return.”

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