The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce that sales of the Society’s 2015 Calendar raised a total of £9,200. This money together with donations from the Society’s Challenge brings the total raised for the charity to £10,700!
The funds given by the Society have enabled the Trust to initiate their Taster Weekends project, the first having taken place last September involving a group of youngsters from the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Three further weekends are planned for 2015 and the same in 2016. The Trust is in discussion with a number of secondary schools in West Cumbria with a view to taking parties of disadvantaged youngsters from the area to have their first taste of the Lakeland fells.
Brathay Exploration Trust Chairman, Malcolm Tillyer said: “Brathay Exploration Trust is extremely grateful to The Wainwright Society for naming us as their 2014 charity of the year and for their tremendous fundraising efforts on our behalf. The £10,700 will enable us to run our free of charge ‘Taster Weekend’ programme for at least two years – allowing youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to get a ’taste’ of what we do and to appreciate the wonderful Lakes environment.”
The Society will be producing a 2016 Calendar, which will go on sale later this year. The profits from sales of the 2016 Calendar will be donated to Animal Rescue Cumbria and the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association, the Society’s main beneficiaries this year.