The exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences and prizes for the Lake District Foundation Charity Auction are now available to view ahead of the big auction night on Friday 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel.
There are over 40 lots up for grabs all to raise funds to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. In addition to those items generously donated by businesses and individuals from all corners of the UK and Europe, the Lake District National Park has opened up some special opportunities along the path, from the Field Ranger team and Fell Top Assessors which will be available to bid for on the night. You can bid for oak trees along the path purchase for which the successful bidders will receive plaques to mark their donation.
A host of outdoor legends are throwing their weight behind the event as well with Alan Hinkes, runner Ricky Lightfoot and adventurer Sean Conway are all offering ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and will be there on the night too.
There are exclusive VIP behind the scenes tours are on offer from a tour with the Curator of the Living Collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, a rare insight behind award-winning British company watch company Bremont to backstage passes at Theatre by the Lake. There are overnight packages on offer including a 3 night luxury break in Venice or perhaps a break for two at Schloss Dyck, part of the European Garden Heritage network, a grand stately home and gardens just outside Dusseldorf. Even bespoke prizes designed and made for the event including a special 70’s Herdy, bracelet from Fulton’s Jewellers in Keswick, local Lake District artist, Alan Stones, offering a framed original lithograph and collectors set of Lake District Pound notes will be available to bid for, all with the same serial number, that number reflecting a key date in the history of our National Park.
Sarah Swindley, Director at the Lake District Foundation said “The auction is set to be a wonderful evening and the prizes on offer show how much support there is to help reinstate the railway path. We are delighted to share the lots with you now and the good news is, there’s still tickets available which you can book via our website, so I urge you to get in quick!”.
The lots can be viewed at lakedistrictfoundation.org and bidding will commence on the night of the auction. PFK Auctioneers, one of the oldest auction houses in the region, will be running the bidding on the night.
The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.
Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away and one bridge left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.
In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.