2nd March 2021

Pre-Loved Kit Donated by Liverpool John Moores University to Raise Funds to Support Outdoor Learning Initiatives and Facilities

Written by Jack Nicholl


Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre, is hosting an auction of various outdoor equipment to raise funds to support outdoor learning and education.

The equipment – ranging from guidebooks to kayaks – was kindly donated by Liverpool John Moores University, IM Marsh Campus following the closure of its outdoor education course. The University was one of the UK’s first centres to offer a degree in outdoor education, making a huge contribution to the sector’s advancement.

Some of the donated kit has helped replenish Plas y Brenin’s own supply for use by customers and instructors. The remaining equipment from the famous establishment will be available to outdoor lovers across the UK to bid for via a month-long auction. Funds raised by the auction will go directly towards new facilities and initiatives at Plas y Brenin to support outdoor learning initiatives, such as team development challenges like the low and high ropes area, Winter Belays and Bushcraft Areas.
More than 270 lots will be available in the online auction – with items including kayaks, helmets, carabiners, snow tools, guidebooks, crampons, racks and more including one high-end box trailer – that will help amateurs and professionals alike take part in a number of outdoor activities such as climbing, paddle-sports and hiking.

The auction will enable people to buy pre-loved second-hand kit for a fraction of the price while supporting the future of outdoor learning and being good for the environment. Some of the items also make for great collectors’ items or memorabilia.
All kit retained at Plas y Brenin will bear a thank you note to Liverpool John Moores University and information will be displayed within the centre to uphold its legacy.

Adam Harmer, Senior Instructor at Plas y Brenin, and ex -Senior Lecturer Outdoor Education, at Liverpool John Moores University, commented: “As a team, everyone at Plas y Brenin would like to say a huge thank you to IM Marsh campus and the University for donating an array of great quality outdoor kit. Famous for contributing 50 years of outdoor education, it has professionalised the sector and provided lots of budding new talent. Many of our world-class instructors have taught or studied at the University.

“We would like to give a special mention to Dr. Kaye Richards, for her conscientious, dedication to advancing the outdoor sector, and for kindly suggesting Plas y Brenin be the recipient of the donation. As Dr. Kaye wanted, Plas y Brenin has made plans to ensure the kit is put to good use and worthy causes; and that as many people as possible, benefit from the donated equipment.

“The kit will benefit many people as they develop their outdoor skills and help teach future generations of outdoors enthusiasts, while funds raised from the auction will go towards new adventure provision and initiatives or helping to support individuals in their personal learning and development in the outdoors. With both the kit and funds raised from the auction, we hope to ensure a fitting legacy to the University for which the sector owes a great deal.”

Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant and former LJMU student Olivia Hollins Roberts commented: “It’s such a shame that such an inspiring course that has given me such a good grounding in the outdoor industry has come to a close but it’s great to see the kit going to good use. It will be used to help develop future aspiring outdoor leaders and enthusiasts in such an amazing place – and I can’t wait to see what adventures they bring”.

The auction will end on 31 March. To take part please visit the link below. All bidders must first register via instructions on the link.