CAVRA – the “Civil Aid Voluntary Rescue Association“, which had a recent request for a £500 donation turned down by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has received a grant from the UK Government of £36,430.
The registered charity, which is based in Sully, has received the funding from the Department of Transport’s Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme. The grant is to fund the purchase of a Pioneer 3 “flood rescue” boat .
The Sully-based organisation had asked for its annual grant from the Vale of Glamrogan Council to be doubled to £500 – but in the event the council refused to give the organisation any grant at all. The council also reminded CAVRA that it is “not part of council official emergency planning protocol”.
Earlier CAVRA had complained to Cardiff Harbour Authority about not being called out to emergencies in Cardiff Bay – but Assistant Harbourmaster Tim Gifford said the Harbour Authority’s emergency procedures did “not include reference to CAVRA”.
Now the charity – which collects street-donations from the public – has received a government grant which is more than three times larger that the organisation’s total income last year .
The Charity Commission flagged the 2014 set of CAVRA’s accounts as “qualified” . The commission’s chairman – William Shawcross – said that the commission “qualifies” the accounts of charities “when an auditor has reservations about aspects of the accounts, and makes a note to this effect”. He says ” The public should be able to see at a glance that a charity’s accounts have been questioned by an independent assessor” .
CAVRA has been asked by PDN to provide detailed information of the dates and locations of the rescues in which it says it has participated . None of this information is available on the charity’s website – which is marked as being “under construction”.