The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our 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. The Blencathra Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental educational charity which provides informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and understand the environment. They are an independent charity that receives no core revenue or funding from statutory sources and therefore rely on fees paid by visitors and on the generosity of donors to finance the activities at the centre.
The Blencathra Centre has been fundraising for a couple of years to have a defibrillator installed. The cost of the defibrillator is around £1600 and they are currently at £800. The £500 donation will be put towards this fundraising cause so that they can get a defibrillator installed as soon as possible. It will be a huge benefit, not only to the many visitors at the Centre but also the many walkers (& runners) who pass by daily.