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Spashing out for Cumbrian causes

It was a cold and wet start to the year for the team at Cumbria Community Foundation who have so far raised more than £4,500 for charitable causes right across the county.

Staff and trustees kick-started a year-long fundraising campaign to celebrate the charity’s 20th anniversary in 2019, by splashing out and venturing into the chilly waters of Windermere on 8th January.

The money raised will go into the Cumbria Fund, which awards more than £100,000 to 50 community projects each year and helps improve the lives of disadvantaged people across Cumbria.

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.

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “This year is the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and we’ve set ourselves the target of raising £250,000 for the Cumbria Fund over the next 12 months. We hope that we have inspired other people to set themselves a challenge in 2019 and support the fundraising appeal.”

Some of the charities to benefit from the Cumbria Fund include: West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support, known as the Freedom Project, Furness Homeless Support, South Lakeland Mind, Allerdale Disability Association, Carlisle Mencap, Cumbria Deaf Association, Eden and South Lakeland Credit Union, Windermere Youth Project and many more.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Foundation, said the dip was “Absolutely exhilarating. It’s great to do this with the team as we celebrate our 20 year anniversary.

“The team were very brave, and it was very difficult as the waters were baltic! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, we have raised an amazing amount of money, which will support community projects across Cumbria. We would like to thank Maryport Inshore Rescue and Simon Berry, High Sherriff of Cumbria and Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa owner who supported the team on the day.”

Donations can still be made online:

If you have been inspired to support Cumbria Community Foundation, a fundraising guide is available to download from the CCF website to help you plan your own challenge:

Comic Relief funding available to local projects

Cumbria Community Foundation is calling for local community groups, resident associations, community centres, social enterprises, community interest companies and credit unions to apply for a share of £13,000.

What is the money for?

Comic Relief is offering the money, raised through Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, to help community and sports projects through their ‘Local Communities’ programme. The programme aims to empower local people to create a lasting change in their community by increasing access to sport, exercise and local services, building skills of local people, increasing community cohesion and social inclusion.

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “Cumbria Community Foundation has been working with Comic Relief since 2009 and we have awarded more than £140,000 in grants to support community groups and charities in our local area. We are very pleased to continue this relationship as there are still many communities in Cumbria that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.”

A proportion of the money available will be allocated to projects which ‘increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation’.

Children playing bowls at Northside Community Centre

Previous funding

Last year Cumbria Community Foundation awarded Northside Community Centre in Workington £10,000 from the Comic Relief Fund towards staff costs to keep the centre open and offer a larger range of fundamental services. The Centre has since been able to open an internet café, run kids arts and crafts classes, exercise classes, and a work club helping residents prepare CVs: all of which meet the community’s current needs.


Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and applications are now open until Friday 9th October 2015. To find out more about the Comic Relief Fund available at Cumbria Community Foundation please click here, call 01900 82470 or email