Why Adventure and expo society at Plymouth university need help with funding
With a club of over 140 members we usually have a 10% interest in caving (the rest wishing to climb, boulder and walk) and run trips 4 times a year, however this year caving intake has risen hugely and those that never considered caving are loving their time underground! We have already run six trips and at least 30% of the club going underground regularly. We are therefore struggling to accommodate for all the keen beginners with only 13 under and over suits (most with rips and being 3 times too big for the newcomers).
It would also be great for the club to purchase some guide books, as despite the club owning seven climbing books we only have one for the cavers (Mendips) making exploring new caves difficult.
Our SRT kit is also in an appalling state. Previously we were donated kit however this means we now have six left handed ascenders but only one croll. As a result, out of the various items we probably have 1 decent working (and almost up to date) set, again restricting which caves we can explore.
Lastly the club is in desperate need of ropes with two being retired this year due to a frayed outer sheath and cut center cord making many of our usual routes unsafe and inaccessible.
In conclusion, although the £75 will not cover all our hopes and dreams, it would definitely get us on the way to opening up the world of caving to the wider community within the club.