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 Blencathra Centre who are kind enough to allow us to use their centre as the base for one of our Lakeland 100 checkpoints.
The Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the Field Studies Council in 1993. The main building is a former Sanatorium which was converted into the field centre in 1993.
Each year the centre hosts more than 8000 education visitors from over 300 schools. Visitors come from all over the UK and for many it is their first trip to the Lake District. They promote green tourism and provide field courses for schools and universities at all levels as well as a programme of courses for individuals and families. The main centre is also located on a public footpath (one which the Lakeland 100 follows) and many walkers and runners pass through the grounds.
Given the large amount of members of the public either at or passing by the centre, the centre decided it would be a good idea to install a defibrillator. They have a fundraising deadline of January 2017 to have the defibrillator up and running. The cost of purchase and installation will be around £1600 and the donation of £500 from Epic Kidz and the Lakeland 100 family will go towards this.
Read about the Blencathra Centre HERE.