Thanks to a donation of materials, men and equipment from Harry Barker Properties of Askam-in-Furness, we now have a better outdoor facility.

A previously unusable section of the front lawn at Brathay Hall has been cleared, drained and leveled to create more space for fundraising events and team challenges.

We work with 7,000 young people a year in the north of England. Many of the youngsters come to the Hall on programmes that involve activities on the front lawn.

The lawn, which has views down the length of Windermere, is also where our fundraising challenge events start and finish.

As Brathay’s Finance Director, Heather Dixon explained: 

“We are extremely grateful for the swift response from Harry Barker Properties to our call for help. They’ve done a top quality job in a short space of time. They have cleared, levelled and established drainage in a 20m by 30m space. We now have a much larger lawn at our disposal so we can do more skill building activities and use the space less intensively. As anyone with a lawn knows they need looking after.”

The second generation of the Barker family to run the business, Harry and his brother John are firmly committed to helping the community.

Harry, who is also a parish councillor, said:

“The project is in line with our commitment to helping Furness people. We believe you should help if you can. Over the years that’s included work at Dunnerholme Golf Club, when their course was flooded, creating access to the estuary for Duddon Inshore Rescue and supporting local sports teams including football, rugby and motor-cross. We’ve helped other local charities and the schools too. As far as we’re concerned, it makes good business sense and we have a happy workforce who know they can respond to local needs.”