October, 2016

Charity PR – 70th Anniversary Ball

Cumbrian magician’s spell-binding performance to mark charity’s 70th anniversary

Ahead of a live magic show at Windermere’s Low Wood Bay, for Brathay Trust’s anniversary ball, performer Chris Cook says it couldn’t be a better time to be a magician.

After one of his busiest years, since starting out 10 years ago, the 26-year-old says a new breed of younger magicians, like Dynamo and Derren Brown, have created a huge appetite for live shows. He adds that the proliferation of YouTube magicians, who reveal how tricks are done, has not diminished demand either.
This year the former Queen Katherine School pupil has performed to over 2,000 people in a third season at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and his Ulverston’s Coronation Hall shows sold-out. Chris also joined an elite, online group of performers, who set global gold standards for public speaking, with a show for ‘TED TALKS’ about why magic matters.

Tickets are now on sale for his charity appearance on Saturday 12 November in the Lake District. He will be performing tricks for local youth charity Brathay Trust’s 70th anniversary ball. It’s a cause that’s close to his heart as Chris was a Brathay youth worker before his magic career took off.

The evening, a fundraiser for the charity which has been celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has dance music from Lancashire’s ‘The Funtime Frankies’ and an auction. Lots include a day of shepherding in Wasdale with legendary fell runner Joss Naylor, culminating in tea and homemade cake at Joss and Mary’s house. There’s also a guided tour of Sheffield’s Assay Office. Twice visited by the Queen, it is one of only four places in the UK to test and hallmark jewellery and precious metals.

One couple could also be the first to sample a room with a view, dinner and a spa in the hotel’s new Low Wood Bay Resort.
Those interested in tickets for a magical night out or auction items should visit or contact Julia Wilson on 015394 39721 or at

PR Agency News Release: Charity Cycling

News Release: Barrow’s Sonja Foster takes to the saddle to road test a new endurance bike race and helps raise £7,000 for local charity


TEN cyclists from around the country have road tested a tough challenge event, 10 laps of Windermere in 24 hrs, whilst raising £7,000 for youth charity Brathay Trust. Amongst those taking part was Barrow’s Sonja Foster who ran the course this year and last year as 10 marathons in 10 days.

A year in the planning, it was the brain child of charity supporter Paul Sutherland. He ran the course as Brathay’s ‘10 marathons in 10 days’ challenge in 2015 collecting over £3000 for the charity’s work with vulnerable youngsters.

Paul said:

“There’s a massive interest in top end cycling events that are technically challenging and take place in stunning settings. A circuit around Windermere Lake ticks all those boxes. Over the 10 laps, which had to be completed in 24 hrs, the total ascent was 19,500 feet, the equivalent to cycling up Mount Kilimanjaro, and the distance travelled – 262 miles –equal to a journey from London to Kendal.

“The test event went better than expected thanks to an excellent operational team made up of Network Rail employees and physio students from the University of Cumbria. It revealed some learning points around visibility at night and road hazards. Despite the full moon it was still quite dark because of the leaf cover and this impacted on speed. As did unexpected road hazards; wildlife at night and tourists by day, who were often oblivious to the road at Bowness Bay” added Paul.

The first rider back was Steven Leonard, from Chorley, who managed the course in 18 hours. Simon Woolhead, from Leighton Buzzard, was second back with a time of 20 hours. In third place was Heather Dye from Surrey who took 21 hours to finish.

Five of the riders completed the 10 laps in 24hrs, one took 27hrs and four others managed between seven and nine laps.

Amongst those taking part was Barrow’s Sonja Foster, who refused to give up, and did 10 laps in 27 hours.

Following the success of last month’s pilot (16 and 17 September), the charity plans to offer the ‘Brathay 262’ as an event in 2017. Anyone interested should email Aly Knowles at

Summing up, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby said:

“Brathay 262 is the brain child of some rather amazing athletes, some of whom had already proved themselves with our ‘10in10’ event for marathon runners. The riders faced the unenviable task of staying awake for 24 hours, whilst battling physical exhaustion and mental fatigue as they tackled a challenging circuit 10 times. I am impressed at the efforts of all 10 cyclists and in particular the five who completed the course within 24 hours. Everyone at Brathay appreciates the money they raised to support our work and that we can now offer this as the newest, toughest road cycle stage race in 2017.”


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Sonya, who refused to give up, did 10 laps in 27 hours

News release issued by pr agency Ten Stories High, Kendal on behalf of client Brathay Trust. Ten Stories is a small, independent agency providing media, marketing and branding support.

PR Agency News Release – Charity to Help Youngsters

News Release: Businesses take money from charity to help youngsters

Debbie Cannon from Lakeland fundraising for Brathay Trust with Challenge 70

Debbie Cannon from Lakeland fundraising for Brathay Trust with Challenge 70

TWELVE Cumbrian businesses have taken £770 from a charity and turned it into thousands to help youngsters in or leaving care.

The Ambleside based youth charity Brathay Trust handed each business a £70 cheque earlier in the year with a challenge to use it to raise as much money as possible by the 1st October.

And now awards for the most creative fundraising ideas, the largest amount raised and the most fun event will be handed out at the charity’s 70th anniversary ball next month (Saturday 12 November) at the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere.

The participating businesses who are up for the awards are: Sanlam, 1818 Auctioneers, Out of Eden, Centrica, BAE Systems, Cumbrian Properties, Lakes Cottage Holidays, Lakeland, Heaton Cooper Studios, Thomson Hayton Winkley, Lombards, Make it Happen and the Good News Girl.
Brathay organiser and fundraiser Julia Wilson said:

“This has proved to be a great team challenge – honing entrepreneurial skills and testing creativity.

“We’ve had an amazing response which includes limerick competitions, beard growing contests, long distance bike rides, tandem challenges, treasure hunts and lots of walking, baking and cake eating.

”With the competition now closed the businesses are totting up how much they have raised and we will be revealing the amount on the night. There’s a great buzz about who will scoop which award at an evening of magic, dancing and music.”

One company that signed up to the challenge is Lakeland; employee Cath Stobbart explained why:

“Challenge 70 was something I knew I could help, backed by managing director, Sam Rayne. Within a short space of time our team had planned our first few events. It’s unleashed a lot of creative talent and support from colleagues and it has meant we’ve been able to support the exceptional work that Brathay does.”

Kirkby Lonsdale based business, Sanlam, ran a cake stall at the local market and a beard growing competition. Make It Happen and the Good News Girl from Windermere raised money with a tandem bike ride.

Monies raised are going to Brathay’s ‘New Beginnings’ anniversary appeal. It aims to raise £70,000 to help care leavers make a successful transition to adulthood – supporting them to gain the skills and confidence to live independently and get into employment or training.

Those interested in the charity’s Anniversary Ball, which includes entertainment by Kendal magician Chris Cook – recently back from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and music by Funtime Frankies, should visit Or contact Julia Wilson on 015394 39721 or at


Notes to editors

This news release was issued by PR Agency Ten Stories High, on behalf of client Brathay Trust.