The Explorer section within the Scout Association is for young people between the ages of 14 and 18 and the Association aims to provide the youth members with opportunities for excitement, challenge and adventure in all its forms.
Keswick Scout Group has a close connection with the Stella Maris College Scout Group in Malta and for the last five years they have taken a group of 12 to 15 Explorers on a week long scuba diving trip; some as complete beginners; some returning to develop their skills training. All the Explorers pay for their scuba training, however the cost of the travel, accommodation and catering whilst staying at the Island Scout Headquarters in Malta soon adds up. These trips meet the aims of scouting, broaden horizons and also provide an opportunity for our young people learn about others countries, cultures and history.
Epic Kidz have donated £500 towards the Keswick Scouts Malta trip to help with the costs of travel and accommodation.
Keswick Scouts said “very many thanks for the £500 donation. The funds will help to make the forthcoming October half-term trip a memorable one for all involved.”
We would like to thank everyone that took part at the Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim Village Fete in making it a huge success. The Fete and Epic Kidz raised a staggering £2500 on the day which will be donated to the Glenridding Community Flood Fund and Patterdale C of E School. The money will be greatly received and will be used to buy much need equipment.
One of the biggest challenges following storm Desmond is the restoration of Jenkins Field, which will take many months of hard work. Over 20,000 tonnes of gravel and stone was removed from Glenridding Beck following the storm and it was all put on Jenkins Field.
The community flood group are now focusing on the removal of all the storm debris and then restoring the field to its former glory.
Epic Kidz & Montane Lakeland 100 donate £10,000 to Lake District Search & Rescue Mountain Association
The LDSARMA is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria and is a registered charity solely funded by voluntary contributions.
Over the last few years the LDSARMA have recovered climbers from precipitous crags, reunited lost walkers with their friends and ensured injured and sick casualties have been treated and transported into vital hospital care. They have also searched for and found missing children and vulnerable adults, on and off the hills. They have searched river banks and swift water, aiding swimmers as well as rescuing great number of dogs, cows, sheep and any number of other animals, from all manner of inaccessible places.
The LDSARMA do all of this whilst continuing to practise and hone their skills in first aid and casualty care, technical rope work, water rescue, search management, maintaining their bases, equipment and vehicles.
It costs a tremendous amount to fund a mountain rescue team – one vehicle alone costs upwards of £35,000. But there is also a very large overhead in the running and replacement costs for items such as rope, which must be replaced after a given time, even if they have not been used.
The donation will be equally distributed to its 12 member teams and will go towards helping the financial security of the Mountain Rescue Teams.
Bolton Tri Club has a thriving junior section for young people aged between 7 & 16. They encourage and prepare the juniors for first Triathlon, Aquathlon or Duathlon as well as helping them progress and improve. They actively take part in the Triathlon England North West Juniors Series and even include the juniors achievements when it comes to their annual end of year awards. Bolton Tri Club is a friendly tri club that welcomes all ages of competitor.
Epic Kidz donated £1000 to support the junior section of Bolton Tri Club. You can find out more about both the adult & junior sections at http://www.boltontri.com.
Brinscall Village JFC are an FA Charter standard development club. They currently have 17 teams who play their games in either the mid Lancashire Colts Junior Football League (u7-u10s) or the Central Lancashire Junior Football League (u11-u16). BVJFC aims to provide local boys and girls with an opportunity to play football in a safe & enjoyable learning environment.
Like many grassroots sports clubs, Brinscall relies heavily upon the support and involvement of parents, who volunteer as both coaches and members of the club committee.
Next season, the U13 Reds (who are growing at a rapid rate) will be playing in the premier division of the Central Lancashire Junior Football League.
The team is made up of 15 players from the local area, many of whom have been playing with the club since U7.
Due to how quickly the juniors grow, the team were in need of a new kit for the upcoming season. Epic Kidz donated £500 to allow the U13 to purchase their new kit for the upcoming season.
The team have said “It’s been a fantastic boost to the team. Their current kits are outgrown and this has allowed us to go ahead an order the new kit in time for the new season”.
Gosforth is a small village located near to Wasdale in the Lake District. Despite only being a small village, Gosforth has a thriving Scouts & Girl Guides group which meet regularly each week and they have been running for a number of decades now. Supported by a number of adult volunteers who have been helping for around 10 years, the Scouts and Guides take part in games and crafts, they have tried canoeing and ice skating, they have enjoyed trips out to local castles, beaches, lakes and a weekend camp at Ennerdale Camp Site.
Epic Kidz have donated £250 to the Gosforth Girl Guides to go towards helping to pay for their annual camping trip.