A crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for repairs on the popular walking route in the Lake District, the Ullswater Way, has received a welcome donation boost helping the campaign reach the halfway point of meeting its target.
The £1,000 donation came from Ambleside Park Hotel, an exclusive staff only John Lewis Partnership hotel located in Ambleside, overlooking Windermere.
Ambleside Park Hotel has been raising funds for the Lake District Foundation since 2017 donating nearly £9,000 to date through visitor giving from guests.
Andrew Craig-Mair, Partner and Hotel Manager, Ambleside Park, said: “We are delighted to support the crowdfunding campaign for the Ullswater Way footpath repair. We would like to thank all our guests who have made this £1,000 donation possible. There are various ways a business can fundraise for the Lake District Foundation and we hope this £1,000 donation will encourage further visitor giving for the campaign and help towards hitting the final target of £5,000.”
The money raised through this crowdfunding appeal will allow work to be carried out by the Lake District National Park ranger team and volunteers to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and to ensure the path is litter-free.
Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to receive such a boost to the crowdfunder campaign bringing the current total to £2,988 but still have some way to go with only two weeks left to donate. If you love the Ullswater Way and the Lake District, we urge you to make a donation if you can, as a small donation makes a big difference.”
In return for donations on the crowdfunding campaign, rewards will be sent to those people who donate specific amounts. The rewards include:
• Donate £10, receive a Ullswater Way Pin Badge, 20 available.
• Donate £25, receive a Conquer Lake District unisex Cumbria Livin’ T-shirt, 20 available.
• Donate £50, receive a Columbia Rucksack Urban Lifestyle 25L Daypack – an outdoor-inspired construction and minimalist, city look combine in this versatile commuter backpack, 10 available.
• Donate £200, spend a day out with a Lake District National Park ranger repairing the Ullswater Way.
The crowdfunding campaign is running until Monday 27th May at 9pm. To donate any amount, visit the Ullswater Way project page on the crowdfunding website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ullswaterway .