We wanted to say thank you to a wonderful networking group, run by and for businesswomen in South Lakeland, who are fundraising for Carer Support South Lakes a Kendal charity based right here in Wainwright’s Yard.
They Lakeland Businesswomen’s Network (LBN) are supporting CSSL’s this year and next. The charity provides services and support to 1,350 unpaid carers in South Lakeland.
The LBN chair, Carole Greenland says it’s incredible to think of carers as young as five, and others in their nineties, caring for loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week with many giving up income, education, employment prospects or pension rights to do so.
“It seemed an important charity for the women to help,” explains Carole, “and they set about fundraising through a monthly raffle as part of their meeting raising £246. But with restrictions to control the pandemic taking their meetings online, they came up with a new way to fundraise. In October the LBN launched a new challenge, to walk, run and cycle 250 sponsored miles across the Lake District to raise an additional £250 for CSSL.”
The group’s vice-chair, Anne Clark, logged the first two miles and soon other members were out – from Kendal Castle and Morecambe Bay to Wastwater, Buttermere and Loweswater.
Between them they’ve clocked up 65.48 miles, raising £105 with more challenges planned.
Mike Seaton from CSSL’s says donations, whether large or small, make a huge difference and will ensure unpaid carers get the support they need.
The photos the LBN post on their JustGiving page of members getting out and about in the Lakes to fundraise is very inspiring.