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Fundraising Update – January 2024

January has gone by in a flash – thankfully, you might say! – so time for a quick round-up of some of the fundraising activities from the last few weeks.

The New Year was welcomed with a fabulous donation by Coley Cottages, the Lake District holiday cottage company, who presented Growing Well a donation of £1,185 representing £5 from each booking they received last year.

Coley Cottages have also chosen Growing Well as their Charity of the Year again for 2024 – thank you to Will Coley for the ongoing support!

We also say a big thank you to Lovingly Artisan for their generous donation to Growing Well – Aidan Monks pictured above presenting the donation to Sinead McCann, manager at our Low Sizergh site. All of the fees from their recent Discover Sourdough Workshops at Rheged and talks to WI groups in Burton in Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale have been donated to Growing Well – a figure of £1,090.

Based in Keswick, KE Adventure offer active adventures in almost 100 countries worldwide. Ashley Toft, CEO of KE Adventures, kindly presented Growing Well with a generous donation in January, and we’re looking forward to a number of their team joining us for a field day at one of the Growing Well sites in the Spring.

Wonderful Wild Women is a community which aims to inspire all women, no matter what their age, experience or ability, to get into the outdoors and get active – hiking, biking, climbing, scrambling and plenty of open water swimming!

Wonderful Wild Women and Blue Mind Men, a group which organises cold water dips in Lake Windermere for improved mental wellbeing, and held an evening at No Hands Rest coffee house in Kendal and raised £590 through their amazing raffle.

Growing Well therapeutic grower Mark regularly joins the Blue Mind swimming group and was at the evening to say a few words about who we are, what we do and give a huge thank you to all individuals and businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes.

Based on the edge of Kendal, Red Bank Coffee offer a carefully curated selection of exceptional quality, highly traceable, and responsibly sourced coffees.

Tom and the team visited us at Low Sizergh recently and presented us with a donation which represents a percentage of their sales throughout 2023. They’re coming back to join us in the summer to give a hand and get their hands dirty in the fields!

Like so many charities, Growing Well depends entirely on grants and fundraising to continue our work in supporting adults in our community towards their mental health recovery, and we are always very appreciative and thankful for the generous donations made by businesses and individual donors.

There are lots of different ways businesses can work with us – if you share our passion for supporting mental health recovery and feel you could help contribute, financially or otherwise, to our charity then please get in touch with either Rebecca Batstone or Cate Bentley at our Low Sizergh, Kendal, and Tebay sites:

Rebecca Batstone – Partnerships Manager (Kendal)

Cate Bentley – Partnerships Manager (Tebay)