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Bendrigg Ball raises in excess of £32,000 for local charity

Garry Marshall, Lakeland Operations Director, presenting Bendrigg Principal (Nick Liley) and Ball Organising Chairman (Judy Rayner) with match-funding cheque (Photo copyright Eddy Jackson MBE, 54° North Journal)
Garry Marshall, Lakeland Operations Director, presenting Bendrigg Principal (Nick Liley) and Ball Organising Chairman (Judy Rayner) with match-funding cheque (Photo copyright Eddy Jackson MBE, 54° North Journal)

Local disability charity, Bendrigg Trust’s first ever fundraising Ball has been hailed a resounding success after raising in excess of £32,000.

The fundraising event was held last Saturday at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal and was kindly sponsored by local businesses Macbeth Scott and Kentdale Jaguar Landrover.

Over 200 local people turned out to support the charity and were joined by special guest, quadruple amputee and mountaineer Jamie Andrew. Jamie, who tragically lost his hands and feet in a mountaineering accident 18 years ago, spoke of the need to support others to ‘reach their full potential and be all that they can be’. Since losing his hands and feet Jamie has accomplished many amazing and inspirational feats including becoming the first quadruple amputee to climb the Matterhorn last year.

Individuals were encouraged to give generously with a promise from locally based kitchenware business, Lakeland, to match fund whatever was made on the night up to £10,000. A raffle, silent auction and main auction contained prizes donated by dozens of local businesses and individuals. By around 11.30pm, enough had been raised for Lakeland to uphold their match-fund promise by presenting a cheque for £10,000 to Bendrigg Principal, Nick Liley.

Nick said: “Thanks to the astounding generosity of local people and businesses, we will be able to support more people with profound and severe disabilities to access these transformational opportunities. We are grateful to everyone who has helped to raise such an outstanding figure. We had hoped to raise £20,000 so to reach £32,000 is unbelievable”.

Bendrigg Trust provides exciting outdoor adventure activities to people with disabilities and those facing disadvantage. The funds raised will help fit out Bendrigg’s new accessible accommodation block, Acorn House, with vital specialist equipment required to make it accessible for all.

Bendrigg Trust still needs to raise around £120,000 to complete this project and you can donate online: www.bendriggtrust.org.uk/acornhouse or by texting GROW33 £2 / £5 /£10 to 70070 e.g. GROW33 £10

More information about Bendrigg Trust can be found at www.bendrigg.org.uk

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