Hapimag’s Burnside Park Resort at Bowness on Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District, has reached a fundraising milestone by raising over £20,000 for local conservation projects. The business has worked closely with local charity The Lake District Foundation (formerly Nurture Lakeland) for over 10 years, raising funds for a variety of projects protecting Cumbria’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.
Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation said “£20,000 is a fantastic sum to raise. The Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme was one of the first in the country and Burnside Park was one of our earliest supporters. The business has demonstrated over many years how visitors to the Lake District are happy to give back to help care for this unique environment.”
Lisa Holden, Resort Manager at Burnside Park explained “When we enrolled in the scheme, I never dreamt that we would raise such a huge sum. Visitor Giving is a simple concept, raising funds by adding a small voluntary contribution to the Lake District Foundation to each guest accommodation bill.
All the team here take great interest in the projects we support and in talking to our guests about how they have helped make a difference. I think this is the secret of our success – by making sure that all our guests understand how their donation is used, we find that very few guests choose to opt out of the scheme.
We are very proud to play our part in helping to care for the Lake District’s wonderful environment – it is, after all, what brings our guests back the Lake District year after year.”
Thanks to the funds raised at Burnside Park, the Lake District Foundation were able to make a grant to South Cumbria Rivers Trust’s ‘Experience the River’ project. Children from South Lakes primary schools have enjoyed trips to their local river, where they are encouraged to get their feet wet to experience the river habitat at first hand and to study the fascinating creatures and plants found there.
Bekka Corrie-Close of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust thanked Burnside Park for their fundraising. “It’s our aim to make the children champions for their local beck, and to carry the message for sustainable activities at home and at work into their local communities. The funding from the Lake District Foundation’s Visitor Giving Scheme has been vital to the continued implementation of this project, which has reached over 1,000 local children since 2006. We can’t thank local businesses enough for their support for our project.”