Supporting Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team in acquiring specialised PPE

Baldwins Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing accountancy and business advisory firms, is pleased to announce it has supported the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team in gaining a grant of £22,000 to acquire specialised PPE for mountain rescuers, post the easing of the lockdown.

The grant was provided by the Moondance Foundation, a family foundation established in 2010 by Diane Briere de l’Isle and Henry Engelhardt. Henry is the founder and a former CEO of The Admiral Group, which is headquartered in Cardiff.  The foundation is chaired by Diane, whose key focus is supporting causes in Wales, vulnerable people and the environment.

The Baldwins team helped the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team in securing the grant by providing analysis of the Charity’s financials and advice to the trustees and board on how best to set out its position and case.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team operates in the Brecon Beacons National Park, which includes the highest point in Southern Britain, Pen y Fan, and other key attractions, such as the Ystradfellte waterfalls. The charity has been supporting the communities of Mid and South Wales since 1963.

With offices across England and Wales, Baldwins is one of the UK’s fastest growing accountancy practices. Baldwins has a strong presence in Wales, with many charity based clients, they also work across numerous industries, and sectors including agriculture.  There are eight offices in Wales with over 170 staff providing accountancy and business advisory services to the SME market..

Commenting Sarah Case, Partner, Audit & Assurance at Baldwin’s Accountancy, said:

“We are delighted to be able to use our expertise in the charity sector, as well as our local knowledge and understanding, to be able to provide support that helped Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team gain the grant they needed to secure specialised PPE for their team. They look after an area of outstanding natural beauty, which will no doubt attract many more visitors as the current lockdown is eased.”

Penny Brockman, Team Leader at the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue said:

“In these uncertain times blessings can come from the most unexpected opportunities.  Having heard about the ‘Moondance Foundation’ Central Beacons decided to try and obtain a grant from them.  This grant was so important to us, we knew our submission to obtain the grant had to be right.  So, to ensure we pursued it from the right angle, I immediately knew who to turn to.  Baldwins gave informative advice on how I should put a case forward.  Their timely advice ensured we had the most amazing outcome: a grant that would ensure we kitted out the whole team with new waterproofs, facemasks, goggles and gloves, our level of PPE to protect us during COVID-19.  This was a real morale booster to the rescue team, especially since it has continued to train remotely on a weekly basis during lockdown.  Even though rescues have decreased since lockdown, they haven’t stopped.  We have continued to respond to incidents but as lockdown eases, we needed to be ready for the increase in callouts as we have seen with our teams in England.  Thank you Baldwins and Moondance Foundation.”