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Partners’ dinner raises £1500 for two South Lakeland causes

Chairman of SLDC, Councillor Sylvia Emmott (right centre), and Derek Armstrong of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce presenting cheque to Deputy Head of Hospitality, Richard Axford, and catering students at Kendal College.
Chairman of SLDC, Councillor Sylvia Emmott (right centre), and Derek Armstrong of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce presenting cheque to Deputy Head of Hospitality, Richard Axford, and catering students at Kendal College.

[T]wo worthy South Lakeland causes are to benefit from donations raised by the Partners’ Networking Dinner hosted by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) Chairman Councillor Sylvia Emmott and Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

Money raised at the event will be shared between catering students from Kendal College and seated excercise classes for the elderly organised by Age UK South Lakeland.

The donation of £500 made to Kendal College will contribute towards a trip to San Francisco for the catering pupils, who have raised over £25,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Richard Axford, Deputy Head of Hospitality at the college, said: “Thanks goes to SLDC and Cumbria Chamber of Commerce for contributing these funds.

“The students have been working extremely hard fundraising, but donations like this are vital.”

Students will be experiencing a variety of activities, including culinary visits to colleges and restaurants, as well as exploring tourist attractions such as Alcatraz.

Chairman of SLDC, Councillor Sylvia Emmott (left), presenting cheque to Peter Smith, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Age UK South Lakeland, at an exercise class in Milinthorpe.
Chairman of SLDC, Councillor Sylvia Emmott (left), presenting cheque to Peter Smith, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Age UK South Lakeland, at an exercise class in Milinthorpe.

The £1,000 donated to the seated exercise classes will buy a wide range of equipment such as elastic bands, bean bags and a set of skittles.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Age UK South Lakeland, Peter Smith, said: “Age UK depends upon the donations of the public and organisations.

“This generous donation will go a long way to supporting our weekly exercise classes across the district.”

The annual Partners’ Networking Dinner, held at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, on 11 March, was attended by 220 key figures from a range of sectors. This included representatives from business, commerce, education, legal, housing associations and financial organisations.

SLDC Chairman, Councillor Sylvia Emmott, said: “I am absolutely delighted to support both of these incredible causes.

“I am proud to support both and thank Cumbria Chamber of Commerce for their help.”

If you are interested in getting involved in weekly exercise classes call Age UK South Lakeland on 01539 728180.

Alternatively, on Wednesday 22 June, Kendal Leisure Centre is hosting ‘Young @ Heart Fun ‘Olympics’. Activities will include carpet bowls, giant jenga, dominoes, bingo, and a craft competition.

The event is free but booking is essential, please ring 01539 729777 or email [email protected].

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