A landmark year for a much-loved community fundraiser has proven cause for a double celebration, as event organisers prepare to give away a record-breaking amount of money.
The Keswick to Barrow committee will this week award a total of £350,905 to 244 different charities, surpassing its previous highest donation figure by around £4,000.
It is around £40,000 more than event organisers were able to hand out last year, the first time they have surpassed the £350,000 mark and the final figure does not yet include around 15 per cent extra expected in gift aid.
It gives the committee more than one reason to be proud during the K2B’s 50th anniversary year, during which they also had to overcome the damage done by Storm Desmond by re-routing the walk.
Roy Barnes, K2B committee member for IT, charities and awards ceremony, said: “I think the fact it was the 50th year attracted some people who hadn’t done it in a while to come back and do it again, and I’m hoping those people will come back again next year because they enjoyed it so much.”
Some incredible sums of money will be handed out to various local and regional charities during the annual awards night at The Forum on Thursday, November 10.
Choose Cumbria will present a trophy to the Coniston to Barrow youth team which collects and pays in the highest amount of money for charity.
The North West Air Ambulance is set to receive £9,800, while Help for Heroes and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity will each be given £2,500.
The Great North Air Ambulance will benefit from £2,100 and Hospice at Home West Cumbria will get £2,075.
In a bid to keep the incredible fundraising going, the committee plans to boost the size of both walks again next year, with a focus on getting as many as 1,500 walkers doing the Coniston to Barrow route.
This year, the shorter of the two walks proved so popular that its 1,050 places sold out within just four days.
Mr Barnes said: “Hopefully, by increasing the number of walkers we have, that will give us the chance to increase the amount of money to give away next year.”
See Friday's Evening Mail and go to nwemail.co.uk for the full run-down of this year's K2B award winners and charitable donations.
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