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Plans are to be unveiled for a new charity to help sustain the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fri 15 December

Low Wood Resort & Spa, Windermere

The Lake District Foundation will launch next month, with the aim of encouraging both visitors and communities to help care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park.

The new charity builds on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland and will be formally launched at a special event on Friday 15 December at the Low Wood Resort & Spa, Windermere.

The launch will be a chance for the charity’s trustees, and newly appointed Director Sarah Swindley, to showcase the ambitions and priorities of the Lake District Foundation and to launch their first fundraising campaigns to the Cumbrian business community, residents and other potential partners.

The Lake District Foundation will distribute income to worthy projects and organisations. One of its key aims will be to increase donations to support this valuable work, including the value of ‘visitor giving’ from the millions of people who enjoy the Lake District every year.

Director of The Lake District Foundation Sarah Swindley said: “It’s an exciting time for the Lake District. After being recognised globally by UNESCO we felt it was time to raise our organisation’s ambitions and increase the impact we have.

“Nurture Lakeland did some incredible work over the years and we’re now ready to push ourselves further, increase visitor giving and distribute the income into effective projects and extend the reach of our charitable campaigns.”

As well as demonstrating the Lake District Foundation’s exciting plans for the future, the launch event will include first-hand experiences from potential beneficiaries of the new charity’s grant-giving scheme and show businesses practical ways they can get involved.

There will also be a panel session with trustees, grant recipients and donors, and time at the event to network with likeminded businesses and individuals.

Tickets to the launch event are free and can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-district-foundation-launch-tickets-39832012622

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