/ Rockfax Donations to Bolt Funds and the ACT – 2016

The year has ended and we have just made our final set of donations to the various funds supported by Rockfax and http://UKBoltFund.org. This has been a great year and a grand total of £2992 has been donated so far split between the BMC ACT and various bolt funds for the most part, this includes £132 from Point of Sale donations from people buying books direct from the Rockfax web site and adding them to their purchase.

We also have £1075 sat waiting to be donated to rebolting in Mallorca making a grand total of £4067 allocated for the year – nearly twice what we gave in 2015! (The reason for the delay in the Mallorca donation is that discussions are ongoing for the best use of the money).

In addition to donations to the Yorkshire Bolt Fund, Cumbria Bolt Fund, Gary Gibson Bolting, Dorset Bolt Fund, North Wales Bolt Fund, El Chorro Bolt Fund, we have also been able to make a first donation of £488 to the South Wales Bolt Fund which is a great start.

The Dorset Path restoration project we set up in conjunction with the BMC ACT has now amassed £1342. Rob Dyer of the BMC got in touch with the following information:

“We’re currently aiming to get a work meet together, spearheaded by Neal Heanes and Marti Hallett for some much needed shrub and bramble clearance at The Cuttings during the next couple of months [arranged now for Saturday 14th January] – this should be really beneficial to climbers and boulderers alike and will make use of the donations you have made. The path work at Blacknor is definitely in the pipeline and last time we spoke, Neal was sounding out a small local team to potentially start once the weather improves (given the slippery nature of the current path in the wet it’s better we wait until the weather improves to carry out stabilisation/improvement work as it would be grim trying to carry heavy kit/dig out and bed in steps etc in anything other than relatively dry conditions).”

In another great development, we have got in touch with Pierre Duret at Saint Léger and Olivier Gaude in the Dentelles de Montmirail and have had some very positive emails. We are discussing how to add these areas to http://UKBoltFund.org and also how to help publicise bolting and access in these areas to non-French audiences.

Thanks to everyone who supported this by buying direct from the Rockfax web site, or making a generous PoS donation.

Alan