Cumbria LEP appoints Sarah Swindley as new board member

Cumbria LEP has appointed three leading local business women to its board.

Sarah Swindley and Emma Porter join the LEP as private sector board members, whilst Professor Patricia Livsey, the Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, joins as CLEP’s first representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Sarah is the CEO of the Lake District Foundation, a new charity established in 2017. Prior to this she was the CEO of Cumbria and Lancashire Women’s Centres, which provided one-stop shop health and social care services to women with a range of needs including mental health, social exclusion and complex vulnerabilities.

Sarah is also a Leadership Consultant for the Cascading Leadership Programme which provides leadership support to third sector leaders.

Emma Porter’s background is in psychology and an MBA from Insead, one of the world’s leading business schools, Emma has worked in the construction industry for 11 years and has recently returned to Story Contracting in the role of Construction Director after a successful spell working in Advisory Services at Arup.

Patricia’s appointment has been made in line with the LEP’s Voluntary and Community Sector Nomination, an open recruitment exercise conducted by the Third Sector Network. Patricia brings a wide range of experience to the role, including extensive experience within the health sector. Her work includes national roles within the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Department of Health.

Sarah Swindley says: “I’m so pleased to have been appointed to the body that has a vital role in securing the economic future of Cumbria. As a county, we are already leaders in some sectors, but there is much more that we can unlock. I have a particular interest in social enterprise, civil society and the opportunities to further develop world class careers for young people. I look forward to helping position Cumbria as a place that harnesses innovation, embraces our digital future and focuses on inclusive growth for our communities.”

Patricia Livsey says: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to represent the third sector within the CLEP. The role provides an opportunity to utilise the experience I have gained to date and work as part of the LEP Board to further develop and enhance services within Cumbria.

“I want to ensure that the third sector can provide a significant strategic contribution to the ongoing development of services and provision within Cumbria.”

Emma Porter adds: “My reason for joining the LEP is a strong desire to make a difference. I’m passionate about enabling Cumbria to achieve its potential and I strongly believe that the county needs to work in an open, collaborative and ambitious way to raise aspirations and realise our potential together.”

Cumbria LEP Chair Lord Inglewood says: “The LEP has been looking to recruit excellent female leaders from Cumbria’s business community to strengthen representation on our Board, and in Emma, Patricia and Sarah, we have settled on three outstanding candidates.

“Our aim is to improve gender equality on our Board, and under our strengthened governance arrangements, to ensure that we reflect the communities that we serve. These three new appointments help move us towards achieving gender balance. Emma, Patricia and Sarah all bring vital experience and business acumen to their new roles. We welcome them and wish them every success.”

Board appointments are for a three-year term, with the option for re-appointment for a further three-year period. All Board members sign up to a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy to demonstrate their commitment to the highest standard of governance and propriety.

Crowdfunding campaign for Langdale Pikes extended

A crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for repairs to popular walking route in the Langdale Pikes is well-past the halfway point of meeting its target; and the deadline has been extended as support continues to grow.

Earlier this month, The Lake District Foundation launched its latest crowd funder to raise money to fund vital repairs along the path from Stake Pass to Pike O’Stickle via Martcrag Moor, making special rewards available for generous donors.

The cash raised will be donated to Fix the Fells, enabling its volunteers to landscape erosion scars, improve drainage, and define the line of the path to avoid a fragile bog habitat.

Volunteers will also build new sections of the ‘sheep fleece path’ – a traditional type of path that involves ‘floating’ a gravel path over peat bog by using the fleece as a barrier between the ground and the path.

This approach, which is both sustainable and environmentally friendly, results in an excellent upland path that blends in effectively with its surroundings.

James Forrest, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, says, “We’ve really seen a jump in the number of people pledging their support for this project in the last few days, especially from Ambleside Park one of our business fundraisers. We’re well on the way to raising £3,000 at the moment, but we’d love to hit £5,000. We’ve now extended the deadline to February 10 after seeing supporters really pick up the pace.”

In return for donations, rewards will be sent to those people who donate the following specific amounts.

The rewards include:

• A Fix the Fells pin badge for donations of £10 or more

• A Lake District Foundation goodie bag (containing a tote bag, Conquer the Lake District patch, badge and pen) for donations of £20 or more

• A limited edition Fix the Fells t-shirt in a size of your choice – designed by Fix the Fells partner Geo Clothing (https://geoclothing.co.uk/) – for donations of £40 or more

• A day out with the Fix the Fells volunteers on a ‘drain run’ for donations of £100 or more

• A hike with local adventurer and author James Forrest (aka ‘Mountain Man’) for a donation of £200 or more

To donate any amount, visit the Langdales project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/martcragmoor before February 10.

The stunning “Capture Lakeland Volume 2” is available for pre-order

As a small charity, we rely on the support of others to help us to achieve our goals, and local photographer James Bell has been doing just that.

James was recently Commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 Competition, and for many years, James has donated stunning images for us to use in our promotional materials, helping us to inspire more people to care for this special place. We all know that a picture paints a thousand words and we are so grateful for his support.

James’ book, Capture Lakeland, was launched in 2017 and was a bit of a hit – gaining several accolades and the 1000 limited edition copies sold out.

Fans of his work will be please to know that pre-orders for Capture Lakeland Volume 2 – another limited edition book of his latest Lake District Landscapes – are now available. Each book is signed and numbered and as a special bonus, all those who pre-order can have their name printed in the book as way of thanks AND receive a limited edition signed print too.

PRE-ORDER his book Capture Lakeland Vol 2 today and receive an exclusive limited edition print.

 

Capture Lakeland Volume 1 accolades:

Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year 2018

Awarded Category Runner Up in the Lakeland Book of the Year 2018 competition. 

Awarded Book of the month for April 2018 by BBC Countryfile Magazine. 

Awarded Book of the month for April 2018 by Outdoor Photography Magazine. 

 

For more information about James and his work visit:

Online Print Gallery // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Channel

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Langdale Pikes

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money for a popular walking route in the Langdale Pikes.

The Lake District Foundation aims to raise £5,000 by the end of January to fund vital repairs to the path from Stake Pass to Pike O’Stickle via Martcrag Moor.

The cash raised will be donated to Fix the Fells, enabling its volunteers to landscape erosion scars, improve drainage, and define the line of the path to avoid a fragile bog habitat.

Volunteers will also build new sections of the ‘sheep fleece path’ – a traditional type of path that involves ‘floating’ a gravel path over peat bog by using the fleece as a barrier between the ground and the path.

This approach, which is both sustainable and environmentally friendly, results in an excellent upland path that blends in effectively with its surroundings.

James Forrest, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, said: “The jagged skyline of Langdale is one of Lakeland’s most beautiful sights – and the distinctive peaks of the Pikes are much-loved by walkers, runners, cyclists and tourists alike. But this popularity comes at a price.

“The Langdale Pikes are suffering from ongoing erosion caused by human activity. This is why the work of Fix the Fells’ dedicated teams of rangers and volunteers is of crucial importance. Please help support this vital conservation work. Every donation – no matter how big or small – makes a real difference.”

In return for donations, rewards will be sent to those people who donate specific amounts. The rewards include:

• A Fix the Fells pin badge for donations of £10 or more

• A Lake District Foundation goodie bag (containing a tote bag, Conquer the Lake District patch, badge and pen) for donations of £20 or more

• A limited edition Fix the Fells t-shirt – designed by Fix the Fells partner Geo Clothing (https://geoclothing.co.uk/) – for donations of £40 or more

• A day out with the Fix the Fells volunteers on a ‘drain run’ for donations of £100 or more

• A hike with local adventurer and author James Forrest (aka ‘Mountain Man’) for a donation of £200 or more

To donate any amount, visit the Langdales project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/martcragmoor before January 29.

LDF Youth Panel member opens plastic free shop in Penrith

One of the founding members of the Lake District Foundation Youth Panel, Amy Bray, has spearheaded the opening of a plastic free shop in the Lake District.

The shop is called Another Weigh, a plastic free, zero waste shop,  the official opening will be on Saturday 12th January in Penrith at 6 Angel Lane, Penrith.

Zoe Hedges, originally from Kent and moved to Cumbria in 2013, led a successful crowdfunding campaign that attracted over 100 investors in order to establish and kick start the shop. All profits from the new shop will go to Another Way, a charity established by Another Weigh co-owner’s daughter 16 year old Amy Bray.

Another Weigh will sell products ranging from cereals, pulses, snacks and pasta to cloth sanitary pads, straws and nappies, cleaning liquids and much more. Customers need to bring their own containers and fill them with exactly how much they want of each dispensed product. Each product bought minimises waste, reduces cost to the customer and is a single use plastic bag saved from landfill or from finding its way into the ocean.

Zoe says, “As a nation and as a world we are facing an unprecedented challenge surrounding waste. Leading from the ground is where we as individuals and communities can contribute. The response to my plan to open a zero waste shop in Penrith was amazing. People are clearly ready to change how they shop. Consumers are aware of the need to reduce waste and Another Weigh gives them a way to do this. You buy just the amount you need then you don’t have lots of food leftover in your cupboards. If you need just a tablespoon of spice for a recipe, you can buy just that!”

Penrith Mayor Cllr. Scott Jackson will officially open the shop at 11am on Saturday 12th January along with owners, Zoe, and Chris and Emma Bray.

Commenting on the Another Weigh initiative the Mayor says, “We can no longer be under any illusion of our impact on this world and ethical choices are ever more at the forefront of our thoughts. It is however difficult for people to buy with confidence and to be sure their choices will have the desired effect of reducing damage to our environment. I am glad to welcome Another Weigh and shops like it who allow customers to purchase responsibly and sustainably and look forward to this becoming the norm on the high-street.”

On opening day and for the first week, annual membership to Another Weigh will be available at half price and this will entitle customers to 10% off all food goods whilst they are members. Annual membership is reduced to £15 for this opening offer.

Within the shop there will be will an area dedicated to providing information, via the charity Another Way, on the environment and how individuals can help sustain it. This stems from efforts that Chris and Emma’s daughter Amy has made to establish a plastic free home and also at her school in Carlisle.

Amy says,We really hope to gain the support of the Penrith and the wider Cumbria community in our efforts to reduce waste generally and to start this off we are setting a target to attract 1000 people prepared to make a personal pledge to reduce their own waste, be it packaging, food or other products. We hope to demonstrate that there really are many people out there who care enough to do something about the environmental challenges facing us. We will provide heart shaped pledges for people to fill in and pin to a board in the shop.”

Another Weigh will initially open every Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 to 17:30, at 6 Angel Lane.

For further information, visit Another Weigh on facebook @AnotherWeigh.

Having a pre-Christmas clearout? Donate your old notes to the Lake District Foundation

Are you having a pre-Christmas clear out? Have you found any old five or ten pound notes and are wondering what to do with them?

The Bank of England estimates that around 124 million paper £5 notes and around 122 million paper £10 notes are yet to be returned, despite the paper £5 no longer being accepted in shops since May 2017, and the paper £10 since March this year.

And while you can’t use them in shops, they retain their value for all time, so why not donate them to the Lake District Foundation?

Simply send your old notes either by post to the Lake District Foundation, Murley Moss Business Park, Oxehnholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7RL, or visit us in person , simply come to the reception desk at the visitors entrance to the Lake District National Park Authority Headquarters at the address above,  Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Alternatively, you can send your old notes to the Bank of England or exchange them at the bank where you are a current customer.

Local business supporters enjoy a festive lunch

The Lake District Foundation annual Christmas Lunch at the Stove Restaurant at The Langdale Estate was a great success, and was attended by 30 local business members.

Attendees were treated to a presentation by the Lake District Foundation’s newest ambassador Kate Rawles. Kate presented about the her latest trip to South America on a bamboo bike where she saw the effects of climate change on biodiversity.

They also heard from a recent recipient of a Lake District Foundation grant – The John Muir Trust. Pete Barron talked about the progress at the Lakeland Alpine Arctic Restoration Project, mitigating the impacts of climate change at a local level.

Finally they were treated to a talk by James Forrest, fundraiser at the Lake District Foundation, who this year climbed all 273 mountains in Ireland in 8 weeks!

We would like to wish all our business supporters a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!

Spread festive cheer and care for the Lake District too

You can now spread some festive cheer, save paper, and care for the Lake District too with JustGiving Give Cards.

Simply make a donation to the Lake District Foundation and get an e-card in minutes to share with your family and friends.

How it works:

  1. Follow the link: www.justgiving.com/givecards/charity/uk/2452743
  2. Choose your favourite design (we like the skating penguins!)
  3. Make a donation
  4. Share it with your friends and family!

Thank you and merry Christmas!

 

 

Full steam ahead for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path as funding is announced

Press release 
5 December 2018

A £7.9 million funding package has been agreed to allow work to start on the final phase of reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld multi user trail which was severely damaged in Storm Desmond three years ago to the day (5 December).

Today is an important milestone in this complex project which has required significant work to get to this stage, and it is fitting that key funding partners and local users gathered to mark this development exactly three years since the fateful storm.

Funding has been approved so far from Highways England and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Additionally, community fundraising by the Lake District Foundation has resulted in a £130,000 donation all which will enable the project to go ahead.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park said: “Storm Desmond caused unprecedented amounts of damage to communities, trails and bridges across the national park. This particular trail offers a great family-friendly, traffic-free route from town to village, it will be fully accessible to many people, such as cyclists, walkers and runners. It has taken some time but we have always been fully committed to making sure that it is reconnected for the benefit of all.

“Local fundraising has played a huge part in ensuring that this project can go ahead, demonstrating the strength of public feeling about this important trail. We’re thrilled that we now have the money in place to allow work to go ahead to complete the full reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld trail and make the route more resilient along the way.”

Construction contracts are currently out to tender and the trail construction partners will be announced in the near future. The aim is to start work in the New Year and have the route fully reopened within two years.

Highways England has committed a significant portion of the funding to allow this project to progress.

Bruce Parker, Highways England’s head of planning and development for the North West, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide almost half the £7.9 million needed to restore and enhance the link between Keswick and Threlkeld, which was so badly damaged in Storm Desmond exactly three years ago and are looking forward to the re-construction work getting underway in the New Year.

“Highways England has set aside £250 million for projects like this focusing on supporting pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian users of the road network.  This money along with other special funds – for example supporting growth and housing and environmental improvements – is enabling us to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside our strategic road network.”

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: “We ran a fundraising initiative this year and were completely blown away by the generosity of the local community and visitors to the area. We look forward to seeing the work start and progress over the next two years.”

During Storm Desmond, on 5 December 2015, two bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of path were completely washed away during the worst floods the county has seen and Rawsome Bridge was also later closed to ensure public safety.

Since then, the Lake District National Park has been working with key partners from the public and voluntary sectors on a plan to fully reconnect the route. As part of this work, a value for money study was undertaken and concluded that the restoration of the route could bring back about £2 million a year to the local economy.

This next phase will ensure the entire route will be reconnected and can once again be enjoyed by the local community and visitors to the area.

Photo shows key partners gathered at Brundholme where work will start along with some of the locals who are looking forward to the trail being reconnected.

L- R Richard Leafe LDNPA, Jonathan Reade, Highways England, Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation, Brittany Mason from ERDF and Amos Doran, Keswick Bikes.

Find out more information on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/keswickrailway

Our record-breaking ambassador Sean Conway offers a rare glimpse into his worldwide adventures

From a record-breaking cycle across Europe, to three separate adventures running, sailing and swimming the length of Great Britain, our ambassador Sean Conway is set to reveal more about his escapades to members of the public in the new year.

The Cumbrian-based action man has spent his life taking motivation from conquering seemingly impossible challenges – only to use the success in each escapade as a warm-up for the next item on his ‘to-do’ list.

You could be forgiven for thinking a 4,200-mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain and cycling to the Alps to save the cost of a plane ticket is how Sean gets his biggest kicks, but there’s more – and it’s not what you might expect.

Sean loves nothing more than to inspire others with his tales of adventure and is holding a special lecture on Saturday January 19 as part of his “Explore from the Door” project with the Coniston-based Coppermines Lakes Cottages company.

“The idea behind ‘Explore from the Door’ is to remind people of the fun they can have so close to home”, Sean explained. “We all had our early adventures near our homes when we were children and I hope my series of blogs inspire people to venture a little bit further out into this beautiful part of the world”.

Hear Sean’s story on Saturday 19th January 2019, 8pm, at Coniston Sports and Social Club.

Tickets available for purchase from Coniston Newsagents, Hidden Treasures Gift Shop, or alternatively email [email protected] All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Lake District Foundation.

“We’ve all got to remember that when we’re outside, we’re in nature’s kingdom, not our own. The Lake District Foundation is very much aimed at visitors and the tourism industry, who can help us to protect that kingdom. The charity’s approach to caring for the lakes is exactly as it should be; come here to visit – and if you like it, donate some money to help care for it. It means the next time you come here, it will still be just as amazing as you remember it.

“It’s great how local businesses like Coppermines Lakes Cottages appreciate the importance of the different projects that the LDF is involved with; and how without the generosity of people giving whatever they can afford, it would be impossible to preserve this place in the way it has been for so many years. Every child remembers their early outdoor experiences with family or friends and I hope they use those to set their own goals in the future, like I’ve done for so many years. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be handing over my world records to them!”

Meanwhile, the team at Coppermines Lakes Cottages is running a competition for four lucky people to win an adventure weekend to coincide with Sean’s talk. The prize includes a three-night stay at Millrace Cottage (from Friday 18 January 2019), four tickets to Sean’s show, an adventure day courtesy of Adventure 21 and four signed copies of Sean’s book collection (Cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats, Hell & High Water, Cycling the Earth and Running Britain). You can enter the competition here.

You can see the full list of Coppermines Lakes Cottages here.

See you there!

Alastair Herd Photography supports the Lake District Foundation

Alastair Herd Photography is one of the latest businesses to support the Lake District Foundation (LDF) by raising funds and awareness for this local charity.

The owner and founder, Alastair Herd, says; “Working with the Lake District Foundation is an exciting and promising collaboration. We can’t wait to sell our prints and know that we are doing our bit to help protect and preserve the Lake District, the beautiful world heritage site we call our own. With this collaboration we will also be documenting some of the many fantastic projects that are happening across the Lake District and be able to showcase these projects to the general public.”

After recently graduating from Staffordshire University with a First in BA(Hons) Photography, Alastair has moved back up to his hometown of Carlisle to pursue his passion of photography and technology. In September 2017 Alastair gained the PfCO (Permission of Commercial Operation) that is required by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to do any commercial Drone work, and has been capturing stunning aerial footage for a wide range of clients.

Alastair has already donated images for the LDF to use in their marketing materials, some were recently used in a photo competition on their stand at Holker Hall Winter Market, where over 100 people took part.

If you would like to see Alastair’s work for yourself, he will be at the Eden Valley Artist Network Event at Rheged on 8th December 2018, and 10% from all sales of Crystal clear plexiglas photo prints on the day will be donated to the LDF Fund. He is also donating 10% of sales of the Plexiglas prints on his website, available to buy here: www.alastairherdphotography.co.uk/shop

Finally the LDF will soon be collaborating with Alastair Herd to produce films that capture the impact of the grants made to local projects – watch this space!

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation says; “We are delighted to be working with the fantastic local photographer Alastair Herd and we are grateful for his time and energy that will help us to raise our profile and reach new audiences. The funds raised by the sale of his products will be used to support projects that care for outstanding and effective projects that care for the Lake District and Cumbria”.

If you are inspired to support the Lake District Foundation in your business, please get in touch via email [email protected] or call us on 01539 822622.

Lake District Foundation welcomes new ambassador

The Lake District Foundation is delighted to welcome its newest ambassador: Dr Kate Rawles.

Kate is passionate about using adventurous journeys to raise awareness and inspire action on our major environmental challenges. She has recently returned from The Life Cycle: Colombia to Cape Horn by bamboo bike, exploring biodiversity loss.

A former lecturer in environmental philosophy, and in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside, Kate set up Outdoor Philosophy to explore big questions about human/nature relations in nature rather than lecture theatres.

In 2006, she cycled from Texas to Alaska along the spine of the Rockies exploring climate change. Her book about this journey, The Carbon Cycle; Crossing the Great Divide, was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Award, 2012. Other ‘adventure plus’ journeys include the Gyre to Gaia ocean plastic pollution sailing voyage with Pangaea Exploration.

Lake District Foundation CEO, Sarah Swindley, says “We are delighted to welcome Kate Rawles as an ambassador for the Lake District Foundation. Her passion for communication and adventures in the great outdoors are a perfect fit for our cause, and we hope that this partnership will inspire many more people to care for our spectacular wildlife and landscapes.”

Kate joins existing ambassador Sean Conway, who has been supporting this charity since it was founded in 2017.

You can find out more about our ambassadors, here.

 

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