Lake District Foundation launches regular giving appeal

Lake District Foundation launches regular giving appeal

The Lake District Foundation (LDF) has launched a new campaign to boost the number of people who give to the charity on a regular basis.

By donating as little as £2.50 per month, those who sign up to become a regular supporter will directly contribute to funding vital projects aimed at caring for the Lake District and Cumbria’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Recent examples of projects include fundraising to fix the paths on England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, the Haweswater Woodland project – where volunteers will plant 400 protected native trees on a carefully selected area of Mardale Common and earlier this year a fundraising campaign generate funds to support the reconnection of the old Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path which was washed away by Storm Desmond in 2015.

Regular supporters will be directly supporting high-impact and evidence-based projects on the ground, ensuring the sustainability of our spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Lake District Foundation Director Sarah Swindley says, “Regular income is of enormous benefit to charities, especially so for the Lake District Foundation. The money raised will enable our team to help fund projects that share our goals much more effectively. Forward planning is so important and having a regular income stream helps us to plan even further ahead. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of money if people choose to donate. Any amount, no matter how big or small, is welcome. It all adds-up to help us look after this spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage for future generations to enjoy.”

As a token of gratitude to those who show their regular support, donors will be sent a

welcome pack including a Lake District Foundation tote bag, window sticker, as well as limited edition pin and woven patch badge – the latter of which has been produced by Keswick-based family business, Conquer Lake District.

The regular giving campaign was launched at the weekend’s Holker Hall Winter Market, where the team was joined by University of Cumbria volunteer students from the Ambleside campus, as well as the team from Lake District Pound (LD£).

You can sign-up by telephoning 01539 822 622, 9am-5pm on weekdays, download a paper form from the LDF website. Alternatively, people can sign up face to face at the Kendal Mountain Festival (November 15-18) or the Keswick Victorian Christmas Market (December 2). As an extra bonus, the first 100 people to sign-up will be entered into a free prize draw for a fell runner Jos Naylor-signed LD£ book.

The Lake District Foundation funds work to improve Dash Beck at Bassenthwaite

The Lake District Foundation has approved a grant of over £2,000 towards a project led by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust, working in partnership with Bassenthwaite Rotary Club, to enhance the habitat of Dash Beck and surrounding land.  The project was first conceived by local people, and they will be fundamental to the successful delivery of the works necessary to improve the habitat of Dash Beck for a range of wildlife, particularly salmon and trout.  The project will also improve the safety and accessibility of the footpath from Bassenthwaite village to the lake, benefiting the local community and visitors alike.

The River Derwent, Bassenthwaite Lake’s principal river, is internationally important for its salmon and trout populations but these are currently in decline.  Preliminary work shows that Dash Beck could be an excellent spawning habitat for salmon, trout and other salmonids, but is currently not reaching its potential.  The project will tackle pollution inputs, reduce sediment inputs to the beck, increase in-stream habitat diversity, allow more light to reach the river bed, and will manage the riverside woodland to enhance its suitability for a wider variety of species.  To achieve this, tasks will include clearing and repairing the footpath; stabilising the eroding bank with natural materials; coppicing bankside woodland to allow more light to reach the stream and increase diversity of woodland habitat; pulling Himalayan balsam; and fencing off the beck and footpath from the farmland.  Other planned work includes training for landowners on the benefits of coppicing by Cumbria Woodlands.

As much work as possible will be carried out by volunteers, and activities will give them the opportunity to learn about the stream and the threats it faces.  Volunteers from Bassenthwaite Rotary Club will be trained as Riverfly monitors, taking monthly surveys of invertebrates as indicators of water quality and siltation.  Local volunteers will continue to walk the beck to monitor Himalyan balsam and overgrowth, and will continue to control if necessary.

Work will also be carried out to maintain the footpath alongside Dash Beck down to a quiet area of Bassenthwaite lake shore, where it joins a network of other footpaths, including the long distance ‘Allerdale ramble’ trail.  The project will reduce the risk of bank erosion, making the footpath safer and improving access to the lake.

Dash Beck lies in the northern fells of the English Lake District, descending rapidly from its source on the north facing slopes of the Skiddaw massif over a series of cascades known as Whitewater Dash or Dash Falls, described by Wainwright as the finest succession of falls in the Lake District.  The lower reaches of Dash Beck, which is where the work will be carried out, continue through a small valley of the same name, through the village of Bassenthwaite before flowing into Bassenthwaite Lake at its north-eastern corner.

Keswick Duck Race

The last event for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path fundraising campaign will be on Thursday 21st June in Fitz Park, Keswick.

There are over 500 ducks to be launched between 6pm-8pm on the longest day of the year with the support from local Keswick Scout groups, Keswick Anglers, Lions and Rotary.

Prizes include:

  • First Prize: 2 nights in a Hobbit Hole at The Quiet Site, Ullswater
  • Second Prize: Dinner for two at The George Hotel, Keswick
  • Third Prize: £100 voucher for Travel Chapter
  • Spot Prizes:
    • Afternoon tea for 2 at The Gaddum, Brockhole — Set of signed books from Sean Conway
    • Family Pass for the World of Beatrix Potter, Windermere
    • Discovery Pass for Whinlatter Forrest
    • My Cumbria Card

Ducks are £5 and can be bought online here until midday on Thursday 21st June, at Love the Lakes, St John’s Street Keswick, or on the night.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Charity Auction Success for the Lake District Foundation

The Lake District Foundation are celebrating after hosting their first ever charity auction on Friday evening to raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path reinstatement.

The evening was held at the Lodore Falls Hotel and raised over £4,000 from the 19 lots available on the night and still counting. There were over 90 guests who attended the evening from all over the UK, including special guests Alan Hinkes OBE, Ricky Lightfoot and Sean Conway.

Sarah Swindley, Director of the Lake District Foundation was thrilled with the fundraising event; she said

We are absolutely delighted with how the evening went and how much support the Lake District Foundation has had, to make our first ever charity auction happen. We’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved from the businesses and individuals who donated prizes through to those who attended and bid for items on the night.  We are pleased the evening has helped generate funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld path and raise further awareness of the ongoing campaign.”

PFK Auctions, one of the oldest auction houses in the region, ran the bidding on the night. The most popular lots included a mountaineering day with Alan Hinkes, an adventure day with Sean Conway and a running experience with Ricky Lightfoot. The 3 bespoke bracelets made by Brian Fulton from Fulton Jewellers in Keswick,  Alan Stones framed original lithograph and a collectors set of Lake District Pound notes also raised a significant amount on the evening.

For those who were unable to make the evening, there is still an opportunity to bid for special items online at www.32auctions.com/keswicktothrelkeld until 30th June. The lots include a bespoke 70’s Herdy, a Fell Top Assessor for the Day experience, a VIP behind the scenes tour at Bremont HQ with luxury accommodation in Henley and even the chance to sponsor oaks trees with a plaque along the route of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

 

Major donations received for Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

The Lake District Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has received over £20,000 of donations for the Keswick to Threlkeld fundraising campaign over the last couple of weeks.

The donations have been made by The Keswick Enterprise Holding Charitable Trust, Keswick Town Council and Keswick Bridge Complex.

The Foundation was absolutely delighted to receive a cheque from The Keswick Enterprise Holding Charitable Trust who generously gave £15,000 in support of the fundraising efforts. The Chair of the Trust, John Harvey, heard about the campaign from the local news and was keen to back the fundraising drive. John said “I have enjoyed the beauty and pleasure of the railway path for many years when I visit Keswick. The scale of the fundraising challenge is daunting but I do hope our donation will bring the Lake District Foundation closer to the £300,000 target and hopefully encourage others who are yet to donate to do so”.

The good news continued with confirmation of £2,000 donation from Keswick Town Council, who recognise that this trail is an important part of the local visitor economy and community.

Similarly, £2,000 has been received from Keswick Bridge Complex. The contribution from Keswick Bridge Complex came from the Keswick Bridge Appeal, Robert Duncan, Manager explains “Since Storm Desmond hit we’ve asking our guests to help get the path back up and running by making a donation to the cause. We are so pleased to help with our contribution and looking forward to seeing the path fully connected soon”.

The Lake District Foundation celebrations continued after a successful fundraising weekend for the Keswick to Threlkeld  Railway Path raising over £1,500. Hundreds took part in the special K2T Challenges set by the Foundation. The Lions and Rotary volunteers were out in force over the weekend leading on the street collections and took donations from successful 5km challengers.

The Lake District Foundation, formerly Nurture Lakeland, is the charity raising funds to protect and conserve the Lake District National Park. Sarah Swindley, Director, explains why the foundation is pleased to be supporting the Keswick to Threlkeld campaign, saying “We are delighted to be spear-heading the fundraising campaign, raising awareness and engaging visitors, locals and the business community to donate to the project. The foundation aim is to encourage those who visit the Lake District to help us to protect and give something back.  The path, is hugely popular with locals and visitors to the Lake District alike, has been hugely missed since being extensively damaged in the storms of December 2015. It’s  wonderful to see donations coming in from the community, businesses and visitors and we thank you all for your generous support”.

The Lake District Foundation have set up a number of ways for people to donate, either via their Just Giving Page, by texting ‘KTOT £10’ to 70070 or by cheque addressed to the Lake District Foundation. All donations are welcomed big and small as they all count to help reinstate the path. You can keep up to date with the campaign by visiting lakedistrictfoundation.org.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

K2T Challenge Weekend Success

The Lake District Foundation is celebrating after a successful fundraising weekend for the Keswick to Threlkeld  Railway Path.

Over £1,500 was raised over the weekend and hundreds took part in the special K2T Challenges set by the Foundation. The Lions and Rotary volunteers were out in force over the weekend leading on the street collections and took donations from successful 5km challengers.

The K2T weekend was aimed at engaging everyone who was visiting Keswick over the Bank Holiday to get outside, enjoy the great weather, try out one or more of the five different 5km routes suggested by the Foundation and make a donation to the fundraising drive to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation was delighted with how the weekend went and wants to see this support and awareness continue over the next couple of months. Heather said “It was fantastic to speak with so many people over the weekend and hear everyone’s personal stories and memories of the railway path. Everyone we spoke with was keen to back the campaign and give the 5km challenge a go if they could. Don’t worry if you missed the weekend, the K2T Challenge can be done anywhere at any time! So you can still get outside, complete 5km, donate £5 (text ‘KTOT18 £5’ to 70070), and nominate five people to take on the challenge too”.

The fundraising events continue over the next couple of months with the Hope Park Games and Cafe ‘K2Tee Off’ competition on Thursday 17 May which will be an optional fancy dress golfing competition. The Alhambra Cinema is holding a talk and film showing by Sean Conway on Thursday 7 June and the Foundation will be holding an exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction on 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel with the auction lots being revealed later this week

For details about all the events, visit lakedistrictfoundation.org.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Outdoor Legends lead the charge to restore Lake District trail

A host of outdoor legends are throwing their weight behind a major charity event this June aimed at restoring a well-known Lake District trail decimated by Storm Desmond.

Climber Alan Hinkes, runner Ricky Lightfoot and adventurer Sean Conway are all offering ‘money can’t buy’ experiences as part of a charity auction being arranged by the Lake District Foundation next month, to raise vital funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The event on 8 June 2018 at the Lodore Falls Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley aims to help raise the £3m needed to reconnect the route for cyclists and walkers, after two old railway bridges and around 200 metres of path surface were washed away by the ravages of the weather in 2015.

  

Three unique outdoor experiences are among the prizes available for the highest bidders on the night:

  • A day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes, OBE, who is the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks.
  • A fell-running experience with Ricky Lightfoot, one of the top trail/mountain runners in the world. A former World Trail Running Champion from the Lake District, Ricky holds the record on several iconic races across the world including Mauritius, South Africa and the Scafell Pike.
  • Adventure day with Sean Conway, who is best known as the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. In 2016 he completed the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200mile journey around the coast of Britain.

Sean Conway is also an official Ambassador for the Lake District Foundation. He says, I love the Lake District and I really want to help people make the most of this awe-inspiring landscape. Restoring the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path to an accessible trail for walkers and cyclists is a vitally important cause, because we are bringing it back to life for future generations.”

Other prizes up for auction range from bespoke jewellery designed and made in the Lake District to two fantastic VIP garden tours, at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and the European Garden Heritage Network at Schloss Dyck in Germany.

Tickets for the event on 8 June available online: they are £50 per person or you can take a table of 12.

Since Storm Desmond in 2015, around half of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Multi User Trail (MUT) has been out of action, impacting on thousands of local people and visitors who enjoy the route every year. The Lake District National Park (LDNP) prioritised reconnecting this route, however it is a complex, major project that required significant work. Through 2016-17 LDNP secured as much alternative access for users as possible and carried out detailed design and consent work, funded by Highways England.

In December 2017, LDNP announced a major funding boost and significant step forward, thanks to a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation (formerly Nurture Lakeland) to jointly fundraise the balance of around £3m. To help us reconnect this route, donate today by visiting lakedistrictfoundation.org/keswick-to-threlkeld, or text ‘KTOT18 £5’, or ‘KTOT18 £10’, to 70070.

For more information about the auction or to donate an experience, contact Caroline Hoppé, at the Lake District Foundation on caroline.hoppe@www.lakedistrictfoundation.org / 01539 822622.

K2T Challenge Weekend Announced

The Lake District Foundation is holding a special K2T Challenge 5-7 May in Keswick to raise funds to reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path.

Over the early May bank holiday weekend the Lake District Foundation team will be encouraging visitors, locals, businesses and sporting clubs to complete a 5km challenge and donate £5, all part of the fundraising campaign being delivered by the charity.

The K2T Challenge was launched in March inviting everyone, no matter where you are in the world, to complete 5km, donate £5 (text ‘KTOT18 £5’ to 70070), document the attempt either by a photo or quick video, nominate five friends to take on the challenge and share via social media using #K2TChallenge. Since its launch, hundreds have taken part in various disciplines including a couple ski-touring in the Alps who then made a donation.

The dedicated challenge weekend is designed to raise awareness of the campaign, get more people involved and try a fun 5km route from Keswick. The Lake District Foundation are recommending five different routes, starting with the old railway path from Keswick Leisure Centre up to the where the first bridge was washed away, Keswick to Latrigg, Hawes End to Catbells, a route around Whinlatter Forest and if you are up for an adventure either swim, kayak, paddle board or even sail the length of Derwent Water. Full details can be found at lakedistrictfoundation.org

Heather Askew, Fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation notes the challenge is open to everyone. Heather saidThe challenge is about completing 5km anyway you like, walk, jog, cycle – it doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s simply completing the 5km distance. We hope the routes we’ve put together for this special weekend will encourage more people to give it a go, donate and spread the word”.

The charity team will be supported by volunteers from Lions and Rotary to carry out the street collections on the weekend and take your donations for your 5km challenge. In addition, look out for the Lake District Foundation stand in Keswick Town Centre as they’ll be offering an exciting virtual reality experience of flying through the Lake District which is not to be missed and selling special branded t-shirts and bags donated by Lakeland Embroidery.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

The 6-month fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path is now complete and we are pleased to announce that a total of over £130,000 has been raised.

Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.

The campaign was supported by the local community, with businesses, residents, visitors and organisations all playing their part. Donation boxes and campaign materials were displayed in 72 local businesses and many of these business carried out additional fundraising events including quiz nights, selling special products, and taking part in the K2T 5k challenge.

Community organisations also got involved, making donations and holding events, including a railway path walk by Braithwaite School which raised over £300 and a national fell running event hosted by Keswick Athletic Club which raised £1,250 from proceeds. On midsummers day, with the support of Keswick Scouts, Keswick Anglers, Keswick Lions, Keswick Town Council and the Love the Lakes shop, a duck race raised a further £1,300 for the campaign.

As part of the campaign The Lake District Foundation hosted its first ever charity auction night and raised over £8,600 from 40 lots. Local businesses and celebrities donated fantastic prizes including a day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes OBE; the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks. The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa kindly donated the venue, canopies, reception drinks and £20 per booking to the campaign.

Members of the public could donate online, by cash, cheque, or Text Giving throughout the campaign and 6 local residents set up sponsored events of their own. Adam Bazire, owner of the Threlkeld Coffee Shop, has raised over £2,300 to date or his challenge to walk the full route of the old railway from Penrith station to the former Keswick station.

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