Splashing out for charity

17th December 2018

It’s going to be a cold and wet start to the year for the team at one of Cumbria’s leading charities.

To kick-start a year-long fundraising campaign to celebrate Cumbria Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary in 2019, staff and trustees will be splashing out and venturing into the icy cold waters of Windermere on 8th January.

It’s all part of a year of special events called ‘Giving Back, Looking Forward’ which will celebrate the charity’s achievements to date and encourage the community to get involved in their own fundraising challenges.

All money raised will go into the Cumbria Fund, which supports around 50 community projects each year and helps improve the lives of disadvantaged people across the county. One charity to benefit is West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support. Known as the Freedom Project, it received £10,000 to support its running costs to provide free, long-term support to adults, children and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Richard Roberts, Director and co-owner of Gedye & Sons Solicitors and a trustee at the Foundation will be joining in on the day, along with another trustee John Wilson, former Managing Partner and founder of Baines Wilson LLP. Richard said: “It’s my birthday that day so what better way of celebrating than with a dip in Windermere to launch the Foundation’s 20th birthday?”

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “We wanted to do something to challenge ourselves. It’s going to be freezing but we’re not one to shy away from a challenge, and the CCF team hope to raise £1,000 for the Cumbria Fund. We hope people will be inspired to either support our cause or create their own challenge.”

Can you dip into your pockets and sponsor the CCF team? Donations can be made here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/windermeredip