Brathay was founded in 1946 and our 70th anniversary events are supporting work with care leavers who often struggle to make a successful transition to adulthood.

Challenge 70, running until 1st October 2016, will see us giving businesses, schools and a whole range of groups and organisations £70 for a fundraising challenge.

Brathay will hand over a cheque for £70; all you need to do is inspire a group of people to use it to raise funds for us. You can use whatever means you want; as long as they’re legal. The sky’s the limit in terms of your creativity. In similar challenges there have been; treasure hunts, sponsored sheep shearing, real life monopoly games, abseils, bike rides….

How you can benefit

Your organisation will get a team building challenge which will hone their entrepreneurial skills and test their creativity. In larger organisations a small group can take the lead and draw in other employees and customers. In smaller businesses everyone might get involved. There’s also the added incentive of winning an award at the end of the challenge. Brathay will be making awards for most money raised and most innovative fundraising ideas.

When I was introduced to Brathay's work it completely blew me away. Challenge 70 was something I knew I could help with. Within a short space of time we had formed a team - the Lakeland Reivers - hoping to raid a few pockets... Whatever we raise we just hope to be able to help Brathay's exceptional work.

Cath Stobbart, Lakeland

How young people will benefit

You’ll be supporting our New Beginnings appeal; raising funds to help care leavers, who’ve had a traumatic start in life, make a successful transition to adulthood. Currently less than half the 10,000 young people leaving care in the UK each year access training or find work.

Find out more about Challenge 70 by contacting Julia Wilson on 015394 39721 or email Julia by clicking here

Set up a fundraising page

If your events or activities need sponsorship you can set up a fundraising page on our website

Organisations taking part

Lakeland

The kitchenware retailer has name their team the Lakeland Reivers and are raiding the pockets of colleagues at their Windermere HQ and Kendal distribution centre with bake sales, raffles, a limerick competition and a treasure hunt. See our fundraising page

Lakes Cottage Holidays

The holiday cottage company has staff spread accross offices in Keswick, Carlisle and Wndermere who are coming together with a Lake District Quiz for their customers. The prize? £70!

Centrica

Their team of four are all employed at the Centrica Gas Terminals in Barrow. They're undertaking a Coast to Coast bike ride; starting in St Bees in Cumbria and finishing in North Berwick, near Edinburgh. They'll cover the 185 miles over 3 days. There are also two retired Centrica employees driving a support bus. The £70 goes towards the cost of the minibus.

Langdale Chase

Langdale Chase Hotel sponsored staff members, Andrew Tighe and Hayley Leece to run the Brathay Windermere Marathon and raise funds.


1818 Auctioneers

They will be dividing the £70 amongst staff who will use it to pick up car boot bargains which can (hopefully) be sold for a profit at their auctions.

Temple Heelis

Law Firm Temple Heelis are planning a summer quiz night in Ambleside and will be testing participants on a wide range of subjects.

Thomson Hayton Winkley

Team "Twinkley" will be hosting a vintage style afternoon tea and each member of the team plans to walk 70 miles during the course of the challenge. Both activities reflecting Brathay's anniversary.See our fundraising page

BAE

BAE Systems Early Careers Team are putting their £70 to good use by setting up a tuck shop, producing quizzes and funding one member of the team to do a sponsored coast-to-coast cycle in one day!

Heaton Cooper Studio

The gallery and art shop in Grasmere are raffling a hamper of art supplies for Challenge 70. Sales of the tickets will raise money for the Challenge and the £70 will contribute to the cost of the goods being raffled.

 

Out of Eden

When hotel supplies company, Out of Eden, heard about Challenge 70 they couldn’t wait to get started! A group gathered to brainstorm ideas that they thought would raise the most money for Brathay and Team Eden was born! They decided to take up 7 different events for “Challenge 70” with the £70 donation. They want to have an impact on the wider community, raising not only money for Brathay, but also awareness of the life-changing work the charity has done over the last 70 years and what they continue to do. See our fundraising page.

Sanlam

The team at Sanlam have a some great plans – the 7 team members will each be travelling (walking, scooting, running, dog walking, flying or cycling) 10km’s each – a total of 70km to celebrate the anniversary.  The men in the office are holding a “Beard Off” to raise awareness of Brathay’s work – each will be growing a beard for a month. Finally a delicious cake sale  will take place in Kirby Lonsdale market on Thursday 22nd September.See our fundraising page