As many of you will know, BERT was originally created by Simon Budd, Bob Bartlett and Bob Thomas, following the floods of 2013 when, on Christmas Eve, 90 houses were seriously flooded, 20 cars written off and people in their vehicles were washed away and left stranded on the roofs. The image attached reminds us of the misery caused and why there was seen to be a real need for residents to take action to help prevent this from happening again in the future.
Since that time, BERT has recruited and trained over 50 adult volunteers (and 12 Young BERT) to help provide assistance and information to Brockham residents during severe weather or other local emergency, and to turn out for organised working parties to help keep drains and ditches free flowing.
As the size of the organisation and range of activities grew, it was decided that it would be appropriate to apply for registration as a charity, as it was felt that this would establish the organisation as part of the fabric of the community, for generations to come.
Having identified a number of volunteers who were willing to become Trustees of the charity, and following a long application process, we are delighted that this week we were granted formal charity status. The charity name is 'Community Support in the Countryside' (Registered Charity Number 1171175).
There is always equipment, protective clothing etc. to finance and BERT continues to be funded by generous public donations and local fundraising activities. We are always looking to recruit new volunteers that we can call on in the event of any future emergency - if you would like to be included on our growing list of willing helpers, we would love to hear from you - simply contact us at BERT.Brockham@gmail.com.