February, 2016

Record attendance at hospitality show

News Release: Record attendance at hospitality industry show – provides a pre-season tonic

the LHA's Amy Brunton (L) and Catherine Hampson-Wood (R) with Rory Bremner (centre)

Over 1,000 people from across the hospitality, catering and tourism industry attended the county’s biggest ever trade show last week.

The annual Lakes Hospitality Association Show, which brings together businesses and buyers under one roof, was held at a new venue – J36 Rural Auction Centre – last Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of February.
Event organiser Nick Hood said people enjoyed the warmest of welcomes including Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and TV impressionist Rory Bremner who was in the county fundraising for flood hit victims.

“Rory Bremner proved to be a true friend of the Lake District when he came to the LHA Trade Show” said Nick.
“He spent a full 90 minutes going round the stands and speaking to businesses and visitors. We were treated to a non-stop performance, full of jokes and impressions. This was not a scheduled visit, but he made the time because he said he wanted to give the Lakes his full support after the winter flooding.

“Tim Farron, who also opened the Show, was equally impressive. He cancelled an important meeting in London to be with us and devoted the entire morning speaking to stand-holders and visitors.

“The new venue at Junction 36 proved to be a great success, with a record number of visitors attending. Many of the businesses who took stands said they had picked up new contracts and we have already taken bookings for next year” added Nick.

Businesses attending the 2016 event came from as far away as Scotland and those visiting came from Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire. Show sponsors included Barrow’s Stollers, Kendal’s The Brand Chap and Windermere’s Armstrong Watson.

Image shows; the LHA’s Amy Brunton (L) and Catherine Hampson-Wood (R) with comedian and impersonator Rory Bremner who dropped in unexpectedly to meet exhibitors and visitors.

Radio 4 Appeal

News Release: Bradford teen to feature in BBC Radio 4 Appeal.

Bradford teenager Keenene's story will be told as part of a Radio Four charity appeal (1)

The story of a vulnerable Bradford teenager, who turned his life around after leaving care, features in a BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Sunday 28 February and Thursday 3 March.

Brathay Trust, a youth charity working in West and South Yorkshire, has a rare opportunity to make an appeal for funds reaching a potential 2.3 million listeners. The focus of their appeal is their work with children and young people leaving the care system like 18 year old Keenene Daley.

“We are so proud to have supported Keenene Daley, a care leaver who was his Mum’s carer when he was just eight years old” said Brathay’s Bradford based Development Manager Julie Whiting.

“We hope that by sharing his story people will be inspired to make a donation so we can support more vulnerable youngsters. Keenene is now 18 years old and has his own place, is studying at college and has worked part-time for us helping others just like himself.

“A donation of £30 would cover the cost of training a young person like Keenene to become a youth mentor” added Julie.

Seventy years after it was founded, Brathay works with over 6,000 children and young people a year across the UK.

In 2016 it will work with around 1000 young people and families from Yorkshire. Its mission is to improve the lives of children, young people and their families.

In its anniversary year one of the charity’s priorities is youngsters leaving care. It says that less than half of the 10,000 young people leaving care in the UK each year have any chance of accessing training or finding work. A third will be under the age of 18 and many will be mentally ill and for many their future is literally hanging in the balance.
The BBC Radio 4 Appeal is presented by Brathay supporter Jeff Prestridge – the Mail on Sunday’s personal finance editor. Jeff discovered Brathay in 2012 when he completed the charity’s ten marathons in ten days fundraising challenge around Lake Windermere. He raised over £100,000 in the process.

The broadcasts will be aired on Sunday 28 February at 07.55 and 21.26 and repeated on Thursday 3 March at 15.27. Anyone wanting to donate can either text BRTR46, with an amount, to 70070 or send a cheque to ‘Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal’ – marking the back of the envelope with ‘Brathay Trust’.

For media enquiries and interviews please contact Brathay’s Senior Fundraiser Julia Wilson: 015394 39721

Image shows:
Bradford teenager Keenene Daley, whose story will feature in a BBC Radio 4 Appeal

About the BBC Radio 4 Appeal – The Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly 3 minute programme highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. Fifty-two appeals are broadcast each year. Applications are assessed by a panel of external assessors and the Appeals Advisory Committee.