Authored By Russell Butt July 04, 2013 and re-blogged with thanks from Get Surrey
YOU shall go to the ball – not in a pumpkin, but rather in a convoy of all-terrain search and rescue vehicles.
That was how schoolgirl Francesca Sardo arrived at the leavers’ Prom at Foxhills Golf Club in Ottershaw last Friday as dad came to the rescue when her planned transport fell through.
But all was not lost as Francesca called upon dad Joe, a volunteer with Surrey 4×4 Response – a charity of volunteer 4×4 vehicle owners – to save the day.
Fortunately, Joe and his pals, who assists the emergency services in times of adverse weather, were more than adept at helping out in a crisis.
He said: “No sooner did I post a ‘special request’ on our web forum, than I got numerous responses from my colleagues willing to help out, which is typical of the good guys I work with.
“We are always willing to put back into the community and although some of our work is serious in its nature, this kind of rescue was right up our street too.”
Joe and the convoy of eight all-terrain vehicles, complete with lifesaving and recovery equipment and flashing amber lights, ferried the stranded party to their final destination.
Joe added: “They heard the sirens and flashing lights and thought something had happened.”
But once Francesca and her friends emerged, they realised that it was just their rather unusual transport for the big night.
Far from it being the disaster Francesca had feared, pals dubbed it the coolest arrival at the prom.
Francesca said: “Me and my friends were totally in a flat spin when we found out we had no transport.
“We were all trying to come up with ideas – like riding there on bicycles or going with horses – but it was so hard to organise and we simply ran out of time.
“Then when I told my friends what my dad had done, not only were they relieved but they all thought it was a cool way to arrive at the prom and they were jumping up and down with excitement.”
This was a happy ending on a fun night but the Surrey 4×4 Response carries out vital work in the community.
It is a registered charity made up entirely of volunteers and is always on the search for patrons to support a cause that can literally be the difference between life and death.
Joe explained: “We are becoming an ever-increasing part of the emergency services with our skills and 4×4 vehicles and we really could do with more support members to help us in other ways – not just with 4x4s.”
The Surrey 4×4 Response team will be attending this year’s Black Cherry Fair in Abbey Field, Chertsey, on Saturday July 13, where they will be holding a car winching competition.