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Lake District Foundation raises £400,000 in first year

Published on: Monday 13th August 2018

A new charity set up to look after the Lake District has raised almost £400,000 in its first year.

The Lake District Foundation helps care for the national park by encouraging donations from visitors and local businesses for key projects.

More than 200 businesses support the charity which has raised money for 16 projects in the last 12 months including The Lake District Osprey Project and the Fix the Fells scheme.

The charity – which took over from Nurture Lakeland – also injected £100,000 into a project to reconnect the storm-damaged Keswick to Threlkeld railway path.

The milestone was marked at a celebratory birthday event at the foundation's headquarters at Murley Moss in Kendal.

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation director, said growing a new charity was an amazing challenge.

"We have big plans and are working hard to achieve our ambitious goals," she said

"It’s been a busy year so far, running two organisations in parallel as we said goodbye to Nurture Lakeland and transitioned all our work into the new structure.

“We are a tiny team with the equivalent of four full-time staff.

"Our influential trustees are the heart of our organisation and I would like to thank the board, my staff and our volunteers for all this hard work."

Image: (L-R) Sarah Swindley, Peter Hensman, Richard Leafe, and Andrew Craig-Mair

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