Lake District Hotels Announces Charity of the Year: Empowering Keswick’s Youth

Pictured above is Jorrit Jorritsma & Gary Lovatt (Trustees of KYCS) with Lake District Hotels Director, Dani Hope.

Continuing with its commitment to community welfare, Lake District Hotels proudly unveils its partnership with Keswick Youth Centre Services (KYCS) as the 2024 Charity of the Year. This collaboration underscores the hotel group’s unwavering dedication to nurturing the local community and changing the lives of its youth.

Keswick Youth Centre Services (KYCS) plays an integral part in the developing of younger generations in the broader Keswick area. The establishment offers essential services and support, creating a safe place for the youth to retreat; this includes entertaining activities, valuable mentorship opportunities and the chance to socialise. Their ultimate mission is to be ‘somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to’.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Keswick Youth Centre Services as our Charity of the Year for 2024” said Dani Hope, Director of Lake District Hotels. “As a family-owned and operated group deeply rooted in Keswick, we are committed to giving back to our community and supporting causes that make a meaningful difference in the lives of local residents, especially the youth.”

Lake District Hotels has set a minimum target of £5,000 to be raised throughout 2024. This amount will contribute towards retaining the KYCS’ ability to continue in their life changing endeavours as they work to better the lives of young people.

Throughout the year, Lake District Hotels will spearhead a myriad of fundraising initiatives across its six hotels, this includes the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa and Borrowdale Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley, the Inn on the Square, Skiddaw Hotel and Kings Arms Hotel in Keswick and the Inn on the Lake at Glenridding. With a robust lineup of events and activities on the horizon, patrons and guests alike are invited to partake in charitable affairs and contribute towards fostering a brighter future for Keswick’s youth.

How have we made a difference so far?

Jigsaw Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice 

Sum: £7,624.53

Jigsaw Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice is a local organisation providing support to the families of children and young adults suffering from life limiting illnesses. They offer families respite support with personalised one-to-one care, simultaneously giving these children a second home filled with laughter and fun-filled activities to take part in.

Keswick Scouts

Sum: Over £9,000.

This was raised in the aid of refurbishing the ‘Ashness Hut’; an accommodation created to provide a cost-effective place for former evacuees and post war children to go. Donated to the Keswick Scouts over 70 years ago, the structure originally stood as a chicken shed.

Blood Bikes Cumbria

Sum: £11,426.27

We collected a total of £11,426.27 to support Blood Bikes Cumbria, an organisation that offers round-the-clock transportation services, 365 days a year, facilitating the transfer of blood, medications, and essential medical supplies between hospitals and blood transfusion centers.

Keswick School

Sum: £30,141

When working with Keswick School, we supported the redevelopment of their food technology classroom to create a more interactive TV style Bake-off kitchen. This had the aim of encouraging budding careers in hospitality and to eat healthier, and live stronger.

Amy’s Care

Sum: £8,276.63

Amy’s Care is a Community Interest Company which provides support for older adults with a specialty in dementia. This family-ran organisation offers social clubs to older adults and dementia-specialised daycare and holidays.

Additionally, the company swiftly raised £10,000 to aid Ukrainian refugees within a week of the outbreak of war in 2022. In 2023, they further demonstrated their commitment to important causes by raising an additional £10,000 for the Turkey/Syria Earthquake appeal in less than 48 hours.