The Lake District’s own celebrity spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry have met fundraisers who will be taking part in events at this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival to support the National Trust’s new Riverlands project.
Gillian Pimblett and Rob Webster joined the three dogs, owner Kerry Irving, Jessie Binns and Becky Powell from the National Trust for a walk around part of Derwentwater, to find out about Riverlands and other work that the Trust is doing in the area.
For the first time, visitors at this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival are being encouraged to actively fundraise for the event’s official charity partner, the National Trust, when they sign up for outdoor and sporting activities during the festival, which will run from 16-19 May.
Everyone who enters an event is being given the option to sign up to fundraise for the Trust’s Riverlands project which aims to improve the health of mountain rivers. Working with locals, farmers and businesses communities, the National Trust hopes to ‘slow the flow’ of water from summit to sea and in doing so protect the river, the mountains and valleys it flows through, and the wildlife and people who depend on it.
Festival goers who agree to support Riverlands when they sign up for an outdoor or sports event receive a fundraising pack and a limited-edition top.
Jessie Binns, visitor experience and engagement manager for the National Trust, said: “We’re so chuffed that people are choosing to raise funds for our Riverlands project as part of their Keswick Mountain Festival event. Nearly all the race routes for the festival go through or beside countryside that’s cared for by the National Trust. These landscapes are beautiful but surprisingly fragile and easily damaged, so it’s wonderful that people want to give back in this way.”
Kerry Irving adds: “We really enjoyed meeting fellow National Trust fundraisers while showing them one of our favourite walks. It’s great to support the Riverlands project and hopefully many more will join us.”
Places at the various events taking place during this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival are available at keswickmountainfestival.co.uk.
To find out more about the National Trust and the work it is doing in the Lake District through Riverlands and other projects, visit its website.