£500 to Vale of Lorton Community First Responders

This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the Lakeland 100 donation series has come from the team who are responsible for the day to day running of the Buttermere checkpoint. The little white hall is a much welcome sight to the Lakeland 100 runners after they have struggled and conquered Black Sail Pass, usually in darkness. The team have requested their donation goes to the Vale of Lorton Community First Responders Group.

The CFR Group has been runnicfr-pic-2ng for over 10 years. Over the past couple of years the Group have been actively fundraising to install public access defibrillators in their local areas. The concept is based on the premise that modern defibrillators can be used by anyone, not just by trained paramedics. The Group also provide training on using the defibrillators and CPR to anyone in the Valley who is interested so that they can help not only someone in Buttermere but also anywhere around the country.

Having already funded and installed two public access defibs in Buttermere and Loweswater over the past two years, their current project is to install one in Lorton. They are working with the Community Heartbeat Trust and it will be the last one installed in the area under their auspices. The new defibrillator will cost £1850 to purchase and install and the £500 Epic Kidz donation will go towards this. The defib should be up and running by the end of October, following which the Group aims to provide training sessions for anyone who would be interested.

You can read more about the CFR Group HERE









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Niamha Albones kicks of the CX season with a win

Back in September 2015 the Dave Hitchen Fund gave a grant to 12 year old Niamha Albones so that she could get a cyclocross bike ready for the 2015 winter league. Niamha had already proven herself a champion on the road and track and was riding for Liverpool Century.

Niamhniamhaa is still going from strength to strength and has opened the new cyclocross season with a win at Hoghton Tower last weekend. The course was brutal and unforgiving. The race was tough but Niamha worked hard. Despite coming off on a tarmac corner, she swiftly remounted still managed to finish 1st girl in the under 14 category.

Niamha is definitely one to watch for the future!

The Dave Hitchen Fund was established to help support talented athletes within the North West with the potential to compete at an elite level in their chosen sport. In particular, the fund supports those families who do not have sufficient income to cover things like event entries, race equipment, travel expenses, training costs etc.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a grant from the Fund please send a written application by email to epickidz@epicevents.co.uk





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£500 to St Benedicts Hospice/Marie Curie Cancer Care


This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.

We are kicking off the first of our Lakeland 100 related donations with the legendary Sunderland Strollers who man the Wasdale checkpoint, also known as the Stroller Disco, a late night secret club for Lakeland 100 runners. Their dedication to their checkpoint theme knows no bounds and they get better every year.

The Strollers decided to undertake a huge challenge to celebrate their Stroller member/Olympic GB marathon athlete Aly Dixon heading to the Rio Olympics. They decided to raise money for two charities close to their hearts, St Benedict’s Hospice (based in Sunderland) and Marie Curie Cancer Care. strollers

The Strollers decided that on the 26.2 days before and leading up to Aly’s race 226 teams would cover 26.2 miles to support her and raise funds for their chosen charities. Aly would then finish off with the final marathon at the Olympics.

They have raised in excess of £3000 and are hoping to ultimately break the £5900 mark.

Epic Kidz/The Lakeland 100 competitors have donated £500 to support their efforts and wish them all the very best of luck in reaching their fundraising target.

You can follow their fundraising HERE and find out more about them HERE.


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£1000 to The Exchange Creative Community

The Exchange Creative Community are a not for profit company based in Morecambe. They aim to provide opportunities for people to try new things, connect with others, enjoy their surroundings and become an active part of the local community. They also seek to promote local talent by selling locally made art to help raise funds to deliver creative workshops which are free to access for the local community.

Epic Kidz have donated £1000 to The Exchange so that they can run a drop in based ek-picworkshop each month, providing a regular creative opportunity for the community where participants can take away something that they have made. Similar to the bug making, jelly fish and fish on sticks workshops that can be seen in the blog on their website ( http://www.theexchangecic.co.uk ) these proposed workshops will be fully accessible and engaging for all members of the family.

The added exciting and quite special part for The Exchange moving forward is that they plan to use imagery of the creations made in these workshops to launch The Exchange CIC product range. The ideas are things like a limited run of tea towels, bags or screenprints inspired by the ‘fish on sticks’ artwork and a run of tin mugs or stickers with images of the bugs on. These products will then be available to purchase online and in their gallery/gift shop with profits from all sales going back into the organisation and likely creating more workshops! Above all, and most importantly, people accessing the workshops and purchasing said gifts get to see the creations transformed and the legacy of the project live on.

Find out more about the work that The Exchange do via their website and facebook page:




Photograph credit: Johnny Bean @BeanPhoto


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£250 to 1st Sedbergh Scouts

sedbergh-scouts1st Sedbergh Scout Group is part of the Kentdale District and was established in 1973. The group have headquarters in the picturesque town of Sedbergh.

The group currently has a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop. They have a mix of boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 14 together with an active group of volunteers and leaders to help run the group.

The scout group is extremely active and have taken part in activities ranging from helping to build a beacon at the top of Winder Fell for the Queens 90th birthday to developing their nautical skills on the open water. They volunteer at numerous events to include the local Sedbergh Gala which takes place in May every year.

As well as keeping active in the outdoors the scouts also attend organised scouting camps to meet other scouting groups from around the country.

The donation of £250 from Epic Kidz will be used to help fund their scout camps and outdoor activities.



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£250 to Hawkeshead Girl Guides


Hawkeshead Girl Guides currently have around 10 girls and follow a wide programme including community service, outdoor activities and challenges. Girlguiding is a girl led charity which aims to build girls self esteem and confidence and help them gain skills for life.

Over the last few months the girls have been working on their Bronze Arts Award. They have visited a contemporary dance performance, done street art, made masks and run a dance workshop for younger girls in Dalton in Furness. They have also been on an activity day which included raft building crate stacking, outdoor cooking and fire lighting and have slept over at The Sandcastle in Blackpool with hundreds of other Guides from the Region.

A highlight from this summer was when the Guides were on Countryfile with Matt Baker! The girls have learnt first aid and completed Go For It challenges in healthy eating and going green. They are also frequently involved in community projects such as the Low Wood No Wood cardboard boat challenge for charity and filling hundreds of shoeboxes to go to Romania. The Guides also help girls stay active, another important issue in todays society and in September they are taking part in Sportivate, a change to learn some new street games and share them with their peers.

As a group, they have a packed programme and endeavour to achieve as much as possible with limited resources and through volunteers.

Epic Kidz has made a donation of £250 to the Hawkeshead Girl Guides which will be split between the senior section for their Centenary celebrations and a Masquerade Ball and the junior section to help fund their activities programme.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for Girlguiding, there is always a role to be found. whether people can offer an hour a week or a couple of hours a month in a variety of roles from unit helpers through to help with accounts, PR and testing badges.




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£250 to Carlisle Canoe Club

Carlisle Canoe Club was formed in 1959 with the objective of introducing people to and sharing the pleasures of paddle sport. They are a large, family friendly recreational canoe club, based next to the beautiful river Eden in Carlisle. Their mission is to encourage as many people as possible to safely enjoy the pleasure of paddling. 

From April to September each year they take in new starters every month and train them to a 1* standard. Once passed they can then join the improver groups which will be coached in kayaks and canoes up to 3* level. They also have winter coaching on the river as well as indoor pool sessions.

All the coaching is done by volunteers many of which have been trained by the club.

Every year the younger paddlers go to wavehopper events. This is a race to paddle as fast as you can down a white water course. They also travel to events in the North east & Cumbria & they hold their own event each year. In addition the club also practice slalom whitewater racing. This really tests paddlers ability to read the white water as the course involves paddling up, down and across moving water.  

The club also provide water safety cover and many of their younger paddlers go along to the Lakes to help out with swim safety. This kind of activity is very rewarding for the youngsters as you see them develop wider skill sets, team building, communication skills, planning, first aid and taking responsibility.

The club has nurtured many a rising star who has gone from shy youngsters to strong young adults and have taken their skills and put them to use as coaches or in outdoor careers.

Carlisle Canoe Club are hosting their own slalom race this weekend which is aimed at the young paddlers and Epic Kidz has donated £250 to help towards the costs of medals and general event running costs.

Find out more about the canoe club at their website http://www.carlislecanoeclub.org.uk.

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