April, 2015

Plumbers help charity

Plumbers help charity’s pipe dreams come true

Plumbing handover

A fundraising event organised by Express Plumbing Supplies, which attracted 150 plumbers from the South Lakes area, has resulted in a donation of £1,300 to an Ambleside based young people’s charity.

Brathay’s Trust’s Head of Fundraising Scott Umpleby says the money will be used to support the charity’s work with vulnerable young people.

He said: “We work with over 6,000 young people each year from all sorts of backgrounds. We are constantly seeking funds to make sure our vital work continues. A sum of this significance represents the costs of a three day residential programme for 10 young people. Working with more young people on programmes offers greater opportunities for transformative and amazing experiences.

“We are particularly delighted that this was initiated by EPS, our supplier for the last six years. They know us well and they have seen, first hand, many of the young people we support through residential programmes we run here at Brathay Hall.”

The money was raised at a trade exhibition at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal last month.

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Judith Wren, Brathay Trust Business Manager, receiving £1,300 spelled out in pipes, from Express Plumbing Supplies Kendal and Ambleside Branch Manager Dave Shepherd (left) and Managing Director Ashley Wilson (right).

“Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that!”

News Release: “Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that!” opens at the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal

Quaker Tapestries

A NEW interactive exhibition about money, shoes, chocolate and other trades has opened at the Quaker Tapestry Museum Kendal.

It provides an insight into why two Kendal banks opened for business on the same day, how chocolate became a force for good, and the reason for over a thousand people to gather for a ‘fashionable Kendal wedding’ in 1874, according to a Westmorland Gazette report.

Visitors will also discover a local businessman whose legacy lives on 300 years later and how the people behind Castle Mills, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, Isaac Braithwaite’s and K Shoes, did much to improve the lives of the townspeople.

The result of a two year project, by a dedicated team of researchers, Museum Manager Bridget Guest explained how it came about:

“We are always on a quest to find new ways to attract people back, and to ensure the museum is as well-known locally as it is globally. We created a space, secured some funds and found a group of volunteers, our ‘Chocolate Group’. The result is a story about Kendal’s past that people won’t be familiar with which also reveals business practices that resonate today.”

“The new exhibition has already got people talking. It’s brought to life with mini film clips using volunteer actors, storytelling and hands-on activities for our younger visitors. It’s been great fun pulling it all together. It’s even given us an excuse to extend the number of lovely chocolatey things we offer in the café. ”

For volunteer and Quaker Chris Bullard this is the second time he’s been involved in a new exhibit for the Museum. One of the team who put together the popular railway exhibition, he said:

“Kendal was a strong Quaker town. Today surnames such as Braithwaite, Crewdson, Wakefield, and Wilson are reminders of this. Quakers became known for their honesty and therefore people who did business with them, and worked for them, could be sure of a fair deal. Perhaps that explains why their businesses were successful and that whilst Quakers are a minority group, many well-known companies in Kendal and across the UK were founded by them.

“The new exhibition on Money, Shoes, Chocolate and All That! has a national and local focus. While the big national names of Cadburys, Rowntrees, Clarks Shoes and the bankers Lloyds and Barclays are represented in the display we also feature more local names such as K Shoes & Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon in Kendal and Carrs Biscuits in Carlisle – all three having Quaker involvement in their early days.”

The Quaker Tapestry Museum is known around the world because it is home to an international tapestry project, 77 panels tell the story of Quakers through the ages. It was recently nominated a Visit England ‘Hidden Gem’ and one of the ‘six best tapestries’ to see, according to world traveller and writer Alexander McCall Smith.

Thousands of people visit the Museum during the 11 months when it is open. They come from all over the world. Local visitors benefit from the Annual Pass Cards which allow repeat visits to be free of charge for 12 months. Significantly a further 10,000 to 15,000 people a year are made aware of the Kendal Museum through the travelling Roadshows throughout the year.

Housed in one of the finest Georgian buildings in Cumbria with interactive displays, films, audio guides, a peaceful walled garden and a great vegetarian café, what began with an international tapestry project has developed into an award winning visitor attraction.

The Café is open year round, the exhibition and shop is now open until Sat 12 December (Mon – Sat). The admission fee helps the charity to keep the museum open and for children and students to go FREE.
The Museum is a member of Cumbria’s Living Heritage.

For more information visit
For all media queries please contact Bridget Guest: direct dial: 01539 814860 and general number: 01539 722975. Mobile is 07580 631604.
The image shows visitors to the new “Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that!” display at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal.

Sports Therapist to world’s elite

News Release: A man whose career has seen him help the world’s sporting elite make history is helping 15 ordinary people with an extraordinary challenge this May

Adam Smith

Sports therapist Adam Smith’s has provided strength and conditioning training to an array of super star athletes, backed by millions of pounds of sponsorship and support. They include the England and Australian Rugby Teams, Commonwealth and Olympic athletes, and the World’s Strongest Man competitors.

But this May, the 41 year old, will be ensuring the 10 ‘ordinary’ men and five women, who are running ten marathons in ten days for an Ambleside based charity, maintain a clean bill of health.

Described by adventurer and extreme survival expert Bear Grylls as “an epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind”, only 79 people have completed Brathay Trust’s 10in10 it since it started eight years ago. More people have climbed Everest or run a four minute mile than have finished the 10in10.

Adam, who now lives near Hawkshead and runs a clinic in Ambleside, said:
“This is an amazing group of people who will be putting their bodies and mind through an incredible amount of stress motivated by fundraising for a very good cause. Some of them have run hundreds of marathons over a number of years whilst others have run less than 10. The one thing they all have in common is that they are fitting this in around other commitments like jobs and families. And, unlike the sports professionals I used to work with, they will be back to their day job as usual on the Monday even though they’ve just spent the last 10 days running marathons.”

Adam has been providing the group with advice about hydration, nutrition, physio, exercise and recovery since January when they first met at a Brathay training weekend in Ambleside.

A lecturer at University of Cumbria, he is also tapping into some useful resources to help the runners. A team of 20 second year sports therapy students will be providing two to one stretching, massage and therapy work during the event, which starts on Friday 8 May and finishes on Sunday 17 May. And fellow lecturers are carrying out research into joint and muscle flexibility. Their findings could impact on future advice given to endurance athletes.

Adam, who says the Ambleside area has a large concentration of high calibre runners competing in a national and international events, is enjoying his career change.

As he explained: “A few years ago I was working on muscled athletes but now I’m working with much lighter athletes and the injuries are completely different. They are repetitive rather than impact injuries and my passion to treat has come back.”

“This is the second time I’ve been involved with the 10in10. The work that Brathay does with young people, their families and communities changes lives for the better. It’s very rewarding to be working with people who are doing extraordinary things, my local charity and the runners who have collectively pledged to raise £45,000.”

Along with the one day Brathay Windermere Marathon and Family Fun Day, which takes place on the last day of the 10in10, £1million has already been raised for the charity’s work with children and young people since 2007.
Anyone interested in finding out more or making a donation should visit the Brathay Windermere Marathon website.

Supporters can also follow the 10in10 on Twitter: @Brathay10in10

To contact Adam please call 07951 833204

Image shows Adam Smith please credit: stephen ashworth

Seven runners to tackle London Marathon for Ambleside based youth charity – pledging to raise £19,000

L-R Paul Glynn, Charles Cowling, Sam Loveday and Kenny Tindall

SEVEN fundraising heroes have pledged to raise £19,000 for a Lake District based youth charity by running the London Marathon next weekend (Sunday 26 April).

Two of the runners are from Kendal, one is from Bolton the other four are from around the country. All are connected to Brathay Trust, the charity they are fundraising for, through a personal or running link.

Kendal’s Gina Pennington, a sales manager for Farrers Coffee, and Mike Seaton, a community and youth worker, have both completed the charity’s Windermere Marathon. So has actuary Charles Cowling from Bolton who also finished Brathay’s epic 10in10 – ten marathons in ten days around Lake Windermere last May.

Gina is no stranger to the London Marathon having run it in 2013. It will be the third marathon the 41 year old will tackle dressed as the super-hero ‘wonder woman’. And her fourth marathon since taking up running in 2003.
It is former Brathay employee, 44 year old Mike’s, third marathon ever. He said his experience at Brathay gave him a unique insight into the amazing work the charity does offering life changing experiences to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

For Charles Cowling, 52, this will be his 13th marathon since May 2012 but only the second one that’s not around Windermere. Brathay’s newly appointed trustee, and a father of four, is committed to supporting charities who give young people a better start in life.

Charles persuaded his JLT Edinburgh based colleague Kenny Tindall, 37, to make this his 35th marathon. Their employer has promised to match, £1 for £1, any funds the pair raise. Teaming up with them is Paul Glynn, 42, from Staffordshire, and Sam Loveday, 24, the youngest of the runners and from Hertfordshire. They both work for Partnership, a financial services company that works closely with JLT.

Helen Heaton, a 27 year old who works for Reed Smith LLP as Ship Finance lawyer in London, has a link to Brathay through her father Chris, a trustee. Helen has met some of the young people Brathay has been working with in Brixton and said: “Brathay’s work is fantastic and humbling. They give so much and their success rate is incredible, over 70% don’t go on to re-offend.”

Brathay’s Head of Fundraising Scott Umpleby explained what this means to the charity. He said: “We work with over 6,000 young people each year from all sorts of backgrounds. We are constantly seeking funds to make sure this vital work continues, particularly where we are targeting our support at very young vulnerable people. It’s really great to have this team of runners fundraise for us. We appreciate all the hard work they put into getting marathon fit as well as swelling the charity’s coffers. It’s a terrific amount that they’ve pledged to raise.”

To sponsor Gina visit her JustGiving page.
To sponsor Sam and Paul visit their JustGiving page.
To sponsor Charles and Kenny visit their Virgin Money Giving page.
To sponsor Mike visit his JustGiving page.
To sponsor Helena visit her JustGiving page.