Our Community Work

Lakelovers Community Work

Lakelovers Community Work


The management and staff at Lakelovers, working together as a team, enjoy finding opportunities to help raise funds for various local and national charities. We have more recently taken an involvement in sponsorship and support programmes, some of which you will see listed below.

Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dog Association

In 2016 Lake District Mountain Rescue and Search Dogs (LDMRSD) attended 50 callouts to walkers, holidaymakers and locals who were lost or stuck on the Lake District fells.

The Lake District National Park is England’s largest National Park. The amazing dogs on the LDMRSD callout list in 2017 and their hardworking handlers cover the 2292 square kilometres of some of the most challenging terrain and weather conditions in the UK.

Ambleside Christmas Lights

Lakelovers have been supporting the Ambleside Christmas Lights committee this year by raising awareness with our holidaymakers. The procession was a great success this year and we hope any of you who attended enjoyed the event.

“The Ambleside Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank you and your staff for helping us with our appeal this year… This has produced good results and we are very happy that for the first time we have received donations form this source. We are grateful for your help in achieving this.”

Lakelovers would like to wish the event good luck in the coming years.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

With the volume of post through our office doors everyday, the staff at Lakelovers took it upon themselves to help a local gentleman with his tireless campaign of collecting stamps for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

This has been going for over 30 years and the money generated has helped to change lives of many blind and partially sighted people all over the UK.

Kendal College

Kendal College has taken delivery of its own sailing dinghy, for use by outdoor education students in races and open meetings. This has been possible through the generous support from Lakelovers – the self catering holiday cottage company – and Lakeland Limited.

The dinghy gives Kendal College students the opportunity to practise the skills that they have learnt on the course by taking part in races and open meetings around the North West. The first of these will be the well-known Southport 24 hour race over the weekend of 9 and 10 of September, where the team will sail in shifts round the clock. This will be followed by an open meeting at Elton Sailing Club near Bury. The boat will then be berthed at South Windermere Sailing club for the Frostbite Series, which will take place on Windermere during October and November.

Former Kendal College Student and owner of Lakelovers, Paul Liddel said:

“This gives a great opportunity for students who have learned to sail on a course at Kendal College to take part in organised racing, where they may not otherwise have access to a boat and facilities. We are very happy to support the college in this venture.”

Arwen Spitteri, a student who is currently in her second year of studying outdoor education at Kendal College, said:

“The course has been life changing for me, I have really enjoyed the first year and am looking forward with great excitement to another year on the water. There’s no way I would have been able to afford a boat of my own, so this gives me a chance to take part in big events as part of a team”

Lakelovers Supports Red Squirrel Conservation in the Lake District

The Red Squirrel is our only native British Squirrel. Sadly, unless action is taken now, Squirrel Nutkin could become extinct from mainland England in as little as fifteen years.

The main cause of this decline is competition with the American Grey Squirrel, introduced to Britain in 1876.

The Grey Squirrel is bigger, and out-competes the smaller Red Squirrel. Far more worrying however, is that Grey Squirrels carry the Squirrel Pox Virus, which is fatal for Reds.

We are fighting back on their behalf!

We ask that you help us support this beautiful creature by adding a voluntary £1 to your booking.

To date, Lakelovers, and other members of the Tourism & Conservation Partnership have raised nearly £22,000 through visitors to support Red Squirrel conservation in Cumbria.
Red Squirrel reserves have been set up throughout the north of England, with the nearest at Thirlmere, just north of About Grasmere.

The reserves have been identified as areas where Red Squirrels have a natural advantage over the Greys – usually in woods where a certain type of pine cone can be found. These pine cones are smaller, and the seeds can only be eaten if your hands are tiny enough to pull them out – perfect for our smaller Reds. These reserves are then surrounded by a ‘buffer’ zone – a wider area where the presence of Grey Squirrels is carefully monitored.

By donating to help our Red Squirrels, your money is supporting:

The development and placing of Red Squirrel feeders – these feeders are cleverly designed to only support the weight of our smaller Red Squirrels – Greys just fall straight off!
Research to try to find a cure for the Squirrel Pox.
Education about how local people can support Red Squirrels.
Management of these new Squirrel Reserves, to look after our remaining reds.
If you see a Red Squirrel during your stay, let us know. This ‘squirrel spotting’ is really important, so we know where Red Squirrels are still living, and where feeders should be put up.

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