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 ran from April 2016 until October 2016 and saw us  handing over £70 cheques to businesses for a fundraising challenge. They could use the money however they wanted to raise money for Brathay.

Many miles were cycled and walked and an astonishing amount of cake baked and eaten. Limericks were written, treasure was hunted, beards grown, quiz questions answered, marathons run and raffle tickets sold. They raised £15,000 for Brathay and we're hugely grateful to all the participants for their support.

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

Challenge 70 supports 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

Organisations taking part


The kitchenware retailer named their team the Lakeland Reivers and raided 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 and came together with a Lake District Quiz for their customers. The prize? £70!


Their team of four are all employed at the Centrica Gas Terminals in Barrow. They're undertook a Coast to Coast bike ride; starting in St Bees in Cumbria and finishing in North Berwick, near Edinburgh. They covered the 185 miles over 3 days. There were 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"  walked 70 miles during the course of the challenge. See our fundraising page


BAE Systems Early Careers Team put 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 raffled 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.


The team of 7 at Sanlam each be travelled (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 held a “Beard Off” to raise awareness of Brathay’s work – each growing a beard for a month. Finally a delicious cake sale took place in Kirkby Lonsdale market on Thursday 22nd September.See our fundraising page

 Make it Happen and The Good News Girl

Events and HR expert, Janett and PR specialist, Sophia, have teamed up to join Challenge 70 completed a 70km tandem ride, in 1970s clothes listening to 1970s music to support Brathay!