Sir Chris Bonington joins Friends of Blencathra

Sir Chris Bonington has joined the community group set up to buy a Lake District mountain. He has become the honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra. There has now been more than £1 million pledged to buy the fell.

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Friends of Blencathra to host public meeting

Blencathra, Lake District Credit: ITV Border

Members of the group hoping to buy a Lake District fell will be on hand at the weekend to answer people's questions about their campaign.

The Friends of Blencathra want to buy the mountain, which is being sold by its owner to help pay off an inheritance tax bill. They've organised a public meeting at the Reghed Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Bonington boosts Blencathra bid

A campaign to buy a Cumbrian fell has been boosted by the region's most famous mountaineer.

Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra group. It's trying to raise £1.75 to buy the mountain from The Earl of Lonsdale.

Kim Inglis has been to see Sir Chris to find out why he's decided to give his support.

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Sir Chris Bonington joins Friends of Blencathra

Local mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra.

The action group, set up to buy the iconic Lake District fell when it was put up for sale at the beginning of May, recently applied for the land to be made a community asset.

If successful the Friends of Blencathra would become the preferred buyer and have six months to raise the £1.75 million need for the sale.

Bonington thinks it's a fundamental thing that the community have come together to buy the fell.

Community asset bid for Blencathra

An action group, set up to help locals buy Blencathra, have applied to Eden District Council for the land to be marked as a community asset.

The Friends of Blencathra don't want to lose out to a foreign buyer Credit: ITV Border

If successful, the Friends of Blencathra group will become the preferred buyer for the mountain and have six months to raise the £1.75 million needed to buy the landmark.

But, the decision on it's community asset status wont be made until the night before final bids are made.

Friends of Blencathra: 'If we all put a tenner in we can buy it'

Over 2,000 people have already pledged between £10 and £10,000 pounds to buy a Cumbrian mountain and set up a trust to look after it.

Blencathra was put on the market by the Earl of Lonsdale, Lord Lowther, who is having to raise funds to pay a £9 million inheritance tax bill.

Debbie Cosgrove set up a social media campaign to raise some of the £1.75 million needed for the purchase.

Kim Inglis reports:

A mountain of money to raise

A social media campaign has begun to encourage local people to pledge money to buy a Cumbrian mountain.

Blencathra near Keswick has been put on the market for £1.75 million pounds by the Earl of Lonsdale. He needs to raise money to pay an inheritance tax bill.

More than 2000 people have already made pledges after Debbie Cosgrove, from Cockermouth, started the campaign to buy it:

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More than 2000 pledge to buy Blencathra

Over 2000 people have now pledged to donate money to buy Blencathra and set up a trust.

The Earl of Lonsdale Hugh Lowther has put the northern fell on the market for £1.75 million to raise funds for a £9 million inheritance tax bill.

Pledges range from £10 to £10,000 at the moment.

Locals don't want the mountain to be neglected Credit: ITV Border

Debbie Cosgrove from Cockermouth has started the ball rolling, setting up a campaign for friends of Blencathra on social media.

For more information email: friendsofblencathra@gmail.com

You can also visit Keswick Information Centre and Walking Britain.

Woman encourages locals to help buy mountain

Blencathra mountain lies between Penrith and Keswick Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Cumbria is calling on locals to back her plan to buy Blencathra.

Debbie Cosgrove is asking the people of Cumbria to pledge their support to the Friends of Blencathra organisation, who hope to buy the landmark for the people of the region.

In the past forty-eight hours over six hundred people have pledged ten pounds each to the cause.

The mountain went up for sale on Monday for £1.75million.

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