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Keswick Mountain Festival raises £20k for Nepal earthquake relief effort

Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

Last week's Keswick Mountain Festival raised £20,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The four-day event took place on the shore of Derwentwater and provided a feast of live music sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.

£1 from the sale of each ticket bought at the festival was earmarked for Community Action Nepal (CAN) and when this money is added to other fundraising efforts and donations made during the festival it amounts to around £20,000.

CAN is a UK based charity set up by mountaineer Doug Scott in 1975 to help the mountain people of Nepal and is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe.

The video below is all about about fundraising for CAN during the festival.


St Abbs lifeboat crew resume RNLI service

St Abbs Lifeboat Station Credit: ITV Border

St Abbs lifeboat crew say they will reactivate their emergency pagers and respond to any call for help.

The team at St Abbs were refusing to carry out rescues on behalf of the RNLI, after it announced the closure of the station.

A spokesperson for the crew said: "With another busy weekend of diving, watersports, fishing & walking looming, and a bank holiday due next weekend, they felt they could not leave users of this stretch of coastline vulnerable and without the vital and swift coverage their Atlantic 75 lifeboat provides".

The RNLI says changes in technology - not cost cutting - mean the station is no longer needed, and that they can provide a better service by closing it, and adding an extra lifeboat to the Eyemouth station two miles away:

This review hasn't been about putting any sort of cover into jeopardy, it is about making the best use of our resources in the area, and it is about making sure the funds that our supporters give us are spent wisely where they are needed so we get a good layout of stations around our coast."


Ice climb fundraiser to raise money for Nepal

Chris Bonington and Doug Scott.

Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are inviting Cumbrians to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

They're asking them to join a fundraising event on 12 June, where climbers will scale the height of Everest on Cumbria's only indoor ice wall.

The key thing is, you're doing it for such an important cause. Because Community Action Nepal has a large number of health posts and medical centres and schools throughout that area in Nepal.

And just about every single one of them has been destroyed."

– Sir Chris Bonington, Mountaineer & Trustee, Community Action Nepal

Watch: Mountaineers to support Nepal earthquake victims

Mountaineers from the region have today announced major fundraising plans to help the displaced victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

The plans were unveiled as Keswick gets ready to host the first Mountain Festival since the disaster.

The situation in Nepal is likely to dominate the festival as many of the climbers will know the country and its people well.

You can watch Fiona Marley Paterson's report on the preparations for the festival below.


Kendal Mountain Festival: what's on today

The Kendal Mountain Festival gets underway today.

Here's a list of some of the events and activities that are happening:

  • Stand-up paddle boarding - 1:30pm
  • Ghyll scrambling - 1:30pm
  • Discover rock climbing - 5pm
  • Catbells evening wander - 6pm
  • Moonlit canoeing - 8pm
  • Via Terrata Xtreme - 9:30pm

There will also be speakers at the Theatre by the Lake:

  • Leo Houlding (climber and adventurer) - 9pm
  • Doug Scott CBE (Mountaineer and charity worker) - 7:30pm
  • Andy Kirkpatrick (climber, author and comedian) - 6pm

You can find the full list of activities here.

Police warning for summer campers

Cumbria Police

Cumbria police are warning people to be aware of thieves when camping and caravanning this summer.

There have been a number of thefts in recent weeks, from cars left in rural areas.

Police say valuables left in tents and caravans can be even more vulnerable:

Cumbria is a very safe area, but that doesn’t mean that you should forget about securing your property while on holiday here.

Unfortunately there are professional, full-time criminals who know what people will have with them, they know where property will be, and they are very good at what they do.”

– South Cumbria Crime Prevention Officer Terry Belshaw

Cumbria Police have issued the following advice:

  • When you leave your tent, ensure you don’t leave any valuables inside
  • Make sure valuables are not left unattended in campsite communal areas
  • Be aware of where you are storing your bikes – make sure they are secure. Don’t just lock them to a small post where they can be easily lifted
  • Remember that your caravan / chalet isn’t as secure as your home – don’t leave valuables inside, or if this isn’t possible, don’t leave them on show
  • Lock the doors and windows of caravans / chalets
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