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As part of Lancaster House’s commitment to local charities, members of the hotel team recently swopped their chef’s whites and uniforms for Gardening gloves and Wellington Boots for Heysham-based charity Primrose House The local residential care home which provides dedicated 24-hour care for severely disabled young adults had a back garden in desperate need of a Horticultural make-over. 10 years of thorn and weed growth had overgrown a sizeable area and was preventing the residents from enjoying this spacious area.
They were also joined by Tim Bell, General Manager who is Chair of Trustees for Primrose House and a keen supporter and fund-raiser for the charity.
“It was a certainly a very different day for us” Tim comments. “The sheer scale of the gardening challenge was very daunting when we first arrived in the morning, but thanks to some great team work and a few handy tools lent to us by a local landscape gardening firm, we were able to completely clear the area in just 5 hours. Now, the residents and staff can fully appreciate the back garden and enjoy the nice weather we’re hopefully looking forward to this Spring and Summer”
The team were recently awarded Gold status in the Green Business Tourism scheme thanks to efforts and projects such as the gardening day at Primrose House and are looking forward to helping more local charities and projects in the future.
At 12 noon on Tuesday, 28th March the Lancaster House team began their challenge to row the circumference of fourteen Lake District lakes – 105 miles in total to be completed non-stop within 24 hours.
Their motivation, to raise money for Abraham, the African orphan from Open Arms Village in Eldeoret, Kenya who the team support on a monthly basis, providing essential food, clothes, accommodation and education.
Tim Bell, General Manager started the rowing and with support from every department, an incredible forty-eight people took part throughout the day and night at fifteen minute intervals. It didn’t take long to get competitive – well done to Nick Matthews who completed the longest distance of 3,901 metres in one session and Gary Tennant rowed the furthest completing 16,088 metres in 5 sessions.
Special mention to Josh O, Tom, Josh W, Gary and Amy who took the midnight to 6.30 am shift, completing an amazing 75,185 metres between them. Donations for the event currently stand at £164.75 and can still be made at www.justgiving.com/thelakesrowathon.
Smashing their target, the team rowed 172.59 miles! Such dedication and enthusiasm to help a young African orphan boy that they have not met speaks volumes about the care, commitment and heart of the Lancaster House team. We salute you!
As part of English Lakes support for Open Arms International, the team at Lancaster House are aiming to row the equivalent distance of the shore-lengths of all 14 lakes in the Lake District in under a day.
Lancaster House has recently adopted 10-year old Abraham and will be supporting the young orphan who lives at the Open Arms Village in Kenya. To raise funds for Abraham’s continual care, development and education, the team will be taking continual 15 minute turns and rowing the 100+ mile distance over a gruelling 24 hour period on one of the hotel’s rowing machines. The exact distance remains a closely guarded secret and a competition to guess the precise distance will be run in conjunction with the Row-a-thon.
The team will commence the challenge at 3pm on Wednesday 28th March and it will take place in the main hotel reception area at Lancaster House. The hotel would welcome anyone to come down and support the event if they can, however donations can be made online.
Always up for a physical challenge for charity, the Lancaster team have also recently biked the equivalent distance of John-o-Groats to Lands end in 48 hours, successfully completed the British 24-hour 3-peaks challenge, both of which were for Open Arms, and more recently 2 team members summited Kilimanjaro for local charity Children Today.
Wish the team the best of luck!
- Written by: +Kris Littlewood
English Lakes is a proud supporter of Open Arms International and we are pleased to announce Elliot Berry is currently preparing to journey to Kenya to counsel orphaned children.
Elliot, 21, from Troutbeck, plans to stay permanently and work with children living in the Open Arms International village near Eldoret, in the far west of the East African country.
The village offers a home and education to children who have been orphaned, abandoned or removed from their own homes due to conflict, neglect or abuse.
Elliot spent three months working at the village two years ago and the experience inspired him to return.
Elliot’s move to Kenya follows the completion of a new orphan home at the village, built with £45,000 raised by staff and directors here at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. Elliot’s parents – his father Simon is chairman and managing director of English Lakes – recently returned from a visit to the orphanage as part of its official opening.
The new house will be home to up to 19 children, together with two ‘house parents’ who will move in with their own children.
The village currently looks after approximately 45 children. It has a number of orphan homes, a school, farm, a medical centre and accommodation for visitors. Elliot will be staying in separate accommodation nearby.
Simon says: “I am really proud of Elliott. He is an intelligent, determined and kind young man and the work he will be doing in Kenya will be incredibly valuable.
“I am also delighted that he will be working with Open Arms; it is a fantastic charity, and one that our family has supported for some years now. “
Elliot is going to be totally self-funded when he is in Kenya, so he needs to raise money to pay for his flights, accommodation, food and living expenses. He has organised a fundraising dinner at Low Wood Bay on 24 February and is hoping to raise £10,000.
Tickets are £30 each and guests will enjoy a four-course dinner with a presentation by Elliot about the Open Arms International project. There will be a raffle, silent auction and opportunity to pledge support, there will also be some traditional Kenyan entertainment.
To get a ticket or for more information on Elliot’s move please contact him on 07747560294.
Tim Bell, General Manager of Lancaster House summited all 19,340ft of Africa’s famous Kilimanjaro on 21st September after a gruelling final day involving almost 21 hours of walking.
Tim, along with fellow Lancaster House staff member Nichola-Jayne Harrison as well as Tim’s paramedic sister Amanda Singleton, made the ascent in aid of North West charity Children Today.
Children Today is a North West based charity that raises funds to provide specialised life changing equipment for severely disabled children in the local area.
The ascent of Kilimanjaro is a gruelling physical challenge, with many people failing to reach the summit due to altitude sickness. Temperatures can range from 30c at the base to as low as –25c at the summit, and the team had to battle through a blizzard before finally reaching the summit.
Eight of the thirteen strong team who set off managed to complete the ascent, raising a total of over £15,000 between them. The five who didn’t reach the summit due to the effects of altitude sickness had to agonisingly turn back only a few hundred feet from the top.
Staff from Lancaster House have been supporting Children Today with a range of fundraising events already this year, from washing cars to walking on hot coals.
Tim Bell, manager of Lancaster House says:
“No amount of training in the Lake District fells can prepare you for the effects of the altitude, and at its worst it feels like your brain’s in a vice. It affects people differently regardless of physical fitness.
“The climb was physically and mentally exhausting but the trek was a truly life changing experience.”
Hundreds of tourism professionals and businesses from around the county gathered at the event. Host for the evening was ITV's ‘Loose Woman' Rachel Agnew who announced the winners and entertained the audience.
The Wild Boar won Guest Accommodation of the Year 2011. Andy Lemm, General Manger at The Wild Boar, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. The Wild Boar team is committed to providing a guest experience as individual as the guests themselves. In only our second year of being established as a four star Inn, it is an honour to be named Guest Accommodation of the Year 2011. ”
Fourteen coveted prizes and two commendations were awarded, recognising the exceptional standards of quality and excellence on offer at tourism businesses across the length and breadth of the county.
Ian Stephens, Managing Director for Cumbria Tourism, said: “The winners at the 2011 Cumbria Tourism Awards are powerful ambassadors for Cumbria’s tourism industry and we are incredibly proud of their achievements.”
Waterhead, English Lakes 4 star property on the shore of Lake Windermere, Ambleside was also highly commended on the evening as Small Hotel of the year 2011.