UNISON has made a donation of £500 to support Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, based in Dowlais.
Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team operates in the Brecon Beacons National Park incorporating Pen y Fan, the highest point in southern Britain, as well as the beautiful waterfalls of Ystradfellte, and Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport. They have been supporting the communities of Mid and South Wales since 1963.
They are a voluntary organisation (Registered Charity 1186781). The Team trains regularly, and is made up of unpaid volunteers, who give up their time to help those that need us.
Penny Brockman, Chair of the Charity Trustees stated:
“On behalf of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team I would like to say thank you for the donation of £500 from Unison”.
“Being a voluntary “999” organisation, we rely completely on the kind generosity of people and organisations like yourselves to ensure we are able to provide a professional service to the communities of South Wales and its many visitors”.
“Last year we undertook 117 callouts and this year we are already tracking for another very busy year, our last callout was only a few days ago for the rescue of a vulnerable person in Aberdare”.
“With this number of callouts a year the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team needs to replace their equipment through wear and tear. We have just completed a budget exercise which identifies our priority respond on equipment and training. So your donation will definitely be supporting the team”.
Peter Crews, Branch Secretary of Cwm Taf Local Government Area branch of UNISON stated:
“Our members live in the community covered by CBMR, many of our members enjoy hill walking and may have need for their services one day. We also have several members that volunteer with the team.”
“When we were approached for a donation, we did not hesitate. We are proud to be supporting their work.”