Three teams of Kendal businesses men and women went to work last Sunday to raise money for us.

Richard Moore, Head of Business Services at Temple Heelis, devised the event with our Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby and invited Cumberland Building Society, Crosby Granger Architects and business networkers, the In-Group to enter teams.

Between them they pledged to raise £4,000 for us which all helps to bring our ‘Transforming Young Lives’ appeal closer to its £100,000 target. The money will be used to fund programmes that support and develop young people facing difficult challenges in their lives. In two years over £50,000 has been donated to the appeal.

In teams of eight, they tackled a running, cycling and rowing challenge. Four team members set off from Brathay HQ in Ambleside to run an eight mile course around Loughrigg Terrace. They were followed by another three who cycled 15 miles each – whilst colleagues who were not involved in either completed Brathay-based activities. Everyone took part in the final leg of the challenge, to row from our boathouse to Belle Isle and back, a distance of ten miles.

There were awards for the fastest cycling team, the fastest running team, and the fastest rowing team. The overall winner was Crosby Granger, who won the all-team rowing challenge but technically were tied with Cumberland Building Society. Temple Heelis were only a point behind both.

This is not the first time the businesses have competed against each other as a fun fundraiser for us. Last July Richard Moore organised a rowing challenge which secured £4,000 for our youth work. And last year’s winner was also Crosby Granger, in our Windermere Double Champions. The teams rowed two 10 mile lengths of Windermere and sent a pair of runners up Gummers How and back, with Crosby Granger completing all in 5 hours 22 minutes.

Richard Moore from Temple Heelis said:

"It was great to work with Scott again in 2019 and to come up with some new ideas for this year’s challenge. Everyone seemed to agree the format was even better. We get an awful lot from these events and we are so pleased that it raises money at the same time."

Our Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby said:

 “This is the second time we have worked with Richard on a team challenge event for local businesses and it’s fantastic to have this local support. We thank everyone for all the hard work that’s gone into being fit and ready and it’s been great to hear that it’s been fun too.”