One of the great privileges of running a business is being able to give generously to deserving causes. Towards the end of 2016 we put the vote to the general public to help nominate a Cumbrian charity, and we received over 600 votes. From this we are pleased to announce that Blood Bikes Cumbria have been selected as our chosen charity for 2017.
Blood Bikes Cumbria, is part of a nationwide organization that provides out-of-hours transport, 365 days of the year to transfer urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissue and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks. They also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood, every day of the week (regardless of weather conditions). The charity was set up to save the NHS money which was being spent using public taxi services to provide this service.
Rod Wickham, Rider & Liaison Officer for Blood Bikes Cumbria, commented, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Lake District Hotels as their charity of the year. Our riders, drivers, controllers and fundraisers work together to provide this vital service for the people of Cumbria. To have the support from the Lake District Hotels group will give a huge boost to the morale of our volunteers and also much needed funds to allow us to continue. We look forward to working together during the year."
The Cumbrian area is 1 of the 48 groups within the organisation and is made up of a team of 90 volunteers, 7 bikes and 4 cars, who run independently following the National Association of Blood Bikes guide lines. All riders are required to have an advanced motorcycle riding qualification, car drivers require an advanced driving qualification, any new riders and drivers must shadow an experienced member and are only allowed to work on their own when they fully understand the procedures and their mentor is satisfied.
Money raised by Lake District Hotels since 1st January 2017.
If you can’t wait to support Blood Bikes Cumbria at one of our fundraising events below, then click here to give through the Lake District Hotels’ Just Giving page.
Back in 2016, Lake District Hotels’ Charity of the Year was Amy’s Care, a family run Community Interest Company which provides Social Clubs for older adults, day care specialising in dementia and dementia holidays all allowing people to lead a stimulating and fulfilled life. A total of £8,276.63 was raised throughout 2016.
Throughout 2017, we have various fundraising events planned across our seven hotels, all in aid of Blood Bikes Cumbria, here’s a few that we have in the pipe line…
To kick start our fundraising efforts, the Inn on the Lake held a raffle at their fabulous fashion show, raising an impressive £205
Happy 50th Birthday Garry
On the 24th February, the Kings Arms Hotel sold 72 pints of their exclusive ale to celebrate Garry Price (General Manager) 50th birthday. Raising £252 for Blood Bikes Cumbria.
Staff run the London Marathon
Maria Quigley, our Sales Manager at the Skiddaw Hotel took on the gruelling challenge of the London Marathon on 23rd April, raising an impressive £976
WIN Dinner for a Week
Would you like to WIN seven nights of eating out, in seven different venues at a time to suit you? To be in for a chance of winning this fabulous prize buy a raffle ticket for £5 - Buy Raffle ticket. (44 TICKETS SOLD, RAISING £227 FOR BLOOD BIKES CUMBRIA)
Royal Ascot Ladies Day
Back by popular demand… Royal Ascot Ladies Race Day at the Inn on the Lake is the perfect excuse to dress up to the nines. £10 from each ticket sold, as well as the raffle takings, went towards our Blood Bikes Cumbria – raising £2,153
Buy a pint and we’ll donate
From the 1st – 31st August we plan to donate 10p from every pint of Cumberland Ale sold across our hotels, bars and pubs. In 2016 we managed to sell over 4,000 pints, so come and visit us this August and help us beat this total.
Monster Ball Halloween Party
Get your spook on at the George Hotel’s ‘Monster Ball Halloween Party’ on Saturday 28th October. Enjoy themed nibbles, eye popping cocktails, prizes for best dressed and dancing, rocking the favourites including monster mash and thriller! Raffle proceeds go to Blood Bikes Cumbria.
We have teamed up with Baines Wilson LLP and Barclays Bank for a second time, this time the charity banquet will take over the Candleroom at the Inn on the Lake. All money raised on the night will be split between Blood Bikes Cumbria and Baines Wilson LLP and Barclays Bank’s chosen charities.
Christmas Jumper Day For a little bit of Christmas fun, all employees of Lake District Hotels will wear their Christmas jumpers to work to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day. Lake District Hotels will donate £5 per staff member, who is seen at work donning their festive jumper to Blood Bikes Cumbria.