Maintaining an effective Cave Rescue capability has always been a challenge to cavers, not least because of the need to raise money for equipment. The SMWCRT has well organised equipment, ready to be put into use at short notice, and further items set aside for training purposes. We also have a Landrover Ambulance. Keeping all of this up to date and in a safe and acceptable condition has been financed for many years largely through the efforts of team members. Parties at SWCC, auctions, attendance at shows and other occasional events have kept a modest income flowing.
As a voluntary organisation working on behalf of the Police, we receive no funding of any kind. All income is attained either through donations, fundraising events and initiatives or through applying for grants. We have recently been successful in obtaining funding from the Welsh Office in the form of a grant issued via the South Wales Search and Rescue Association (SWSARA) as well as receiving support through SportLot, the funding arm of the Sports Council for Wales
As well as putting money directly into the donation boxes at South Wales Caving Club, Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves, local pubs and other venues (Full list available here) you can :-
- Post a cheque directly to the Treasurer - use the Contacts Link on the left
- Donate through your caving club on an annual basis with your subscription - See your club treasurer for details
- Set up a standing order to donate a regular amount - Contact the Treasurer for details
Also don’t forget, if you are a taxpayer, fill in a gift aid form when you are making a donation. These are available from the Treasurer or Fundraising Manager.
We greatly appreciate all donations made, no matter how small or large.