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As a voluntary organisation, like all other cave and mountain rescue teams in Britain, MCRO relies on donations, fundraising events and occasional grants for its income.


Maintaining an effective Cave Rescue capability is a challenge and we rely heavily upon the efforts of team members, their caving clubs, friends and relations to rally round and support us. We have also been very fortunate to have a number of commercial organisations support us through the donation of equipment, allowing us access to vertical training facilities, or offering us equipment at reduced rates.


If you feel you would like to support us with a donation, please email the secretary: secretary"at"midlandscaverescue.org.uk (replace the "at" with @)


Thank you to


A BIG “Thank You” to everyone who has helped raise funds and supported the team during 2017.


The Total Access team on the 3 Peaks ChallengeThree Peaks Challenge

Bartek Biela along with work colleagues from Total Access completed the Three Peaks Challenge at the end of August and £717 of the total raised was kindly donated to MCRO.

Summer Fire Station Open Days

The fire station open days at Telford and Shrewsbury raised £35.59 in the rattle tins - not much but the aim was really to raise our profile. The tube and ‘squeeze box’ combo were a big hit with the kids and something we may wish to build on for next year to make more of a “complex”!

VARTA Items and Badges

Sales of VARTA items and cave rescue badges has raised £49.70

Book Sales Donations

Donations from the sale of books donated by Graham Smith have raised £49.70 - there are still a few books left, which will be brought along to the training session at Total Access in January.

Members Kit Auction

Dudley Caving Club held a members kit auction with a percentage of the sales going to MCRO - raising £12.91.


Dudley Caving Club, Xmas Meal and Raffle, 2016

DCC helped raise £49 by collecting donations from Club members in lieu of sending Christmas cards and holding a raffle during their Christmas meal.

Rushtons South West Coast Path Challenge

Neal Rushton has had the South West Coastal Path on his bucket list for quite a while, finding he suddenly had some time on his hands at the end of the summer he decided that he would tick it off his list by walking 120 miles of the S.W. Coast Path round Cornwall and raise funds for charity in the process. Midlands Cave Rescue as one of the three causes he was raising money for received £116.67 (The National Autistic Society and Adelphi Care Services are the other two).

SCMC Annual Dinner, 8th October

Members and guests at the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club annual diner raised £128 for MCRO through their sealed envelope raffle - this was despite some prior examination of the envelopes with torches! A special mention must be made to John ‘Mole’ Hine for providing so many bottles of ‘Mole Juice’ as raffle prizes..... hic !

Dudley Canal Trust, Parkhead Banner

In September Paulina & Bartek Biela, Emma Porter, Mike Clayton and Graham Smith put up a banner for the Dudley Canal Trust on the old railway viaduct as part of the Parkhead boating festival bringing in £50.

Kit Inspection Courses

Mike Clayton supported by Bartek Biela and Emma Porter have done some sterling work travelling round the country from Catterick to Plymouth running PPE inspection courses for Mountain Rescue England & Wales. It was exhausting work, but has boosted funds enormously, raising an impressive £1,027.64 - thank you for your hard work.

Training Travel Expenses

Graham Smith kindly donated his travel expenses (paid by BCRC) of £27.50 for attending the Larkin Frame Training to the team.

U3A Talk, June

Keith Edwards was back on form, giving a talk to Sandwell U3A who responded with a donation of £50 - well done Keith.

Dudley Caving Club 50th

Donations during the DCC 50th Anniversary weekend raised £118.26 - thank you to everyone involved (it was a ‘cracking’ weekend).

First Aid Fundraise, 30th April 2016

Team member Evan Kinsey provided first aid cover for the final stages of the Bishops Castle 23 mile 'Round and About Walk' on 30th April. In return the walk organisers have made a donation of £50 to MCRO.

Evan said that there were no injuries on the event and the only first aid he did was a bit of advice on blisters!  There was also the opportunity to talk to interested walkers about cave rescue and to tell them about MCRO.

Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire, 23rd March 2016

For a £35 donation to the team following a talk to the society on "Water Power in Mining" by Kelvin Lake.


Varta (Consumer)

For the donation of a number of LED headlights, torches and "Indestructible PowerPacks", through their agreement with Mountain Rescue and Cave Rescue to help raise funds for the team.


Shropshire Caving & Mining Club members

Who raised £158.00 in a "sealed envelope" raffle at their 2015 Annual Dinner. Also a big thank you to all the Club members who donated prizes for the raffle - it was certainly a 'strange' collection of prizes and some members were spotted making deals to swap prizes after they had won them or even hiding when they realised what they had won!! A BIG Thanks to everyone involved.

All who attended the Steve Tomalin Auction Day, 4th July 2015

Many thanks to the dozens of Cavers who attended the Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group depot to remember our friend and colleague Steve Tomalin.  It was a fantastic sunny day, and in the afternoon, Steve's outdoor equipment was auctioned, with the very kind assistance of a professional auctioneer, who gave up his afternoon for us and it certainly helped to get the bids up.  Proceeds from the aution will be split between GCRG and MCRO. It was a day that Steve would have been so proud of, and thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend, or bid by proxy.

Everyone at the BCRC Conference, 12th to 14th June 2015

A very BIG thank you to everyone who contributed in whatever way to the 2015 BCRC Conference - be it as a presenter, bar staff, doing displays, photos, signage, food preparation, reception, rubbish collector, general dogsbody or simply supporting us.  Our conference had the highest attendance ever for a BCRC conference and we have received numerous messages of thanks. The venue, presentation programme, training were fantastic and the party evening in Clearwell Caves was a truly spectacular evening.  The bar profits are being split with Gloucester Cave Rescue Group and we will see a welcome boost to our funds, so well done everyone!

Newport Historical Society, Shropshire

For a £40 donation to the team following a talk to the society on a local mine by Shropshire Caving & Mining Club members.


Members of Dudley Caving Club

Who donated £73 to MCRO as a result of their "Christmas cards" avoidance scheme!

Shropshire Caving & Mining Club members

Who raised £141.10 in a "sealed envelope" raffle at their 2014 Annual Dinner. As envelopes were selling for £2, they haven't quite worked out how the total ended with an odd number! (Might have been due to tipping certain people upside down and shaking out their loose change!). Also a big thank you to all the Club members who donated prizes for the raffle.

Smethwick Conservative Ladies Luncheon Club, the Hagley Probus Club and the Kidderminster St. Georges Ladies Fellowship

Who between them donated £100 to the team, following talks by Keith Edwards. (Don't lose your voice Keith - you're doing sterling work!)


Members of Dudley Caving Club

Who donated £98.50 to MCRO in lieu of sending Christmas cards.

The Phoenix Club, Kidderminster

Who following a caving talk by Keith Edwards very kindly made a donation of £40 to the team.

Shropshire Caving & Mining Club members

Who raised £133 in a "sealed envelope" raffle at their 2013 Annual Dinner. Commiserations to those who found that their envelopes were empty!

Various Team Members who helped raise funds from various sources

Sale of donated climbing kit - £50
Using Sports Financial Services - Em & Mike - £60

First aid cover at Bishops Castle fun run - Evan & Heather - £100.



For a donation of £50 for a number of old carpet tiles.

Worcestershire Beekeepers Association, Clent Women's Institute and Keith Edwards

Following talks by Keith to the WBA and Clent WI they very kindly made donations to the team. Keith also raised more funds from a garden railway open day. Thank you to everyone.

GO Outdoors new Erdington store

Where we helped out on their climbing wall in August. Brief report >>

We returned again at the beginning of December. Read the report >>

Coventry GO Outdoors store

Who allowed us to raise funds and help on their climbing wall in April. Read a brief report >>


Shropshire Caving & Mining Club members, past and present

Who raised £118 in a "sealed envelope" raffle at their 50th Anniversary Dinner in 2011.

Delegates at the NAMHO 2011 Conference

Who raise over £260 from the conference raffle and other donations.

Sponsors and Runners in the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon

A VERY big thank you to everyone who sponsored us (not forgetting the runners and back-up team) for our major fund raising event of 2011. We raised over £1,400 for team equipment and VHF radios. View some pictures in our Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon gallery >> 

Visitors to the Shropshire Show, May 2011

Over £100 was raised by Show visitors, young and old, who tried their hand at caving in the BCA artificial cave which was set-up at the Show.


We would also like to Thank


Honeywell Analytics Honeywell Analytics - for the donation of two Gas Alert MicroClip X3 gas detectors.
Arco Professional Safety Services Arco Professional Safety Services training centre, Eccleshall (formerly Total Access) for the use of their excellent vertical access training facilities, equipment and continued support.
Varta (Consumer) Varta (Consumer) - for the donation of Outdoor Sports headlights, LED torches & Indestructible PowerPacks.
Crowcon - Gas Detection you can trust Crowcon Detection Instruments - for the donation of an Oxygen meter.
Crowcon - Gas Detection you can trust Wolf Mountain Indoor Climbing and Caving Centre - for the use of their meeting room.



Snailbeach Mine Buildings, painting by Malcom Newton