OVER £1,000 has been raised to benefit people, wildlife and rivers in the Derwent catchment by outdoor lovers at this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival (16-19 May).
For the first time, the 4,000 people who entered sporting events were invited to fundraise for the event’s official charity partner, the National Trust. Visitors could also donate via collection tins.
Amongst those fundraising for the conservation charity were Matthew Harvey from Devon, who took part in the Keswick 3 Peaks Challenge with Fjallraven and Rob Webster from Ambleside who won 3rd place in the adidas TERREX 25km Trail Race.
“This has been a hugely successful first fundraiser, raising about three times more than in previous years,” said Jessie Binns, visitor experience and engagement manager for the National Trust.
“It’s brilliant that festival goers want to help us to look after this area, which is so much a part of the festival. All the race routes go through or beside countryside that’s cared for by us.
“Our Riverlands project is about slowing the flow of water from summit to sea, to protect the river, the mountains and valleys it flows through, and the wildlife and people who depend on it,” added Jessie Binns.
The five year Riverlands project in the Derwent catchment aims to improve water quality and habitats for species like the Atlantic salmon, otter, lamprey and the nationally rare fish, the vendace. It also provides opportunities for people to get involved in caring for their river, and will improve access and enjoyment. Money raised from Keswick Mountain Festival will help boost Riverlands funding from the National Trust and the Environment Agency.
Keswick Mountain Festival Director Nicola Meadley said: “It’s been great to see people respond to the opportunity to give back to the landscape, which is a big part of their festival experience. This is the first year we have invited visitors to raise sponsorship for their sporting challenges and we hope that more people will take this on in the future to support the work of the Trust.”