Relief efforts in Nepal will be boosted by donations of £20,000 after last weekend’s Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF). Following the recent earthquakes, organisers and exhibitors at the festival promoted a range of fundraising initiatives to support the work of Community Action Nepal (CAN) and thousands of visitors put their hands in their pockets to contribute.
£8,173 was raised from a gear sale, Trekmates raised £4,100 by selling sample products, River Publishing and The Wainwright Society collected £1,008 during a talk by Steve Birkinshaw and Joss Naylor, Keswick Mountain Festival donated £467 from event ticket sales during the weekend, £450 was raised through a sale of travel kit, Cicerone contributed £315 by selling old books, and Wenlock Spring raised £200 through the sale of bottled water.
With the addition of £5,000 pledged by Berghaus, and sponsorship from Right Lines Communications, Mountain Fuel – Peak Performance Nutrition, King Kong Climbing Centre and others, Climb For CAN has already raised over £20,000 since its launch at the start of Keswick Mountain Festival.
Over one weekend, the combined fundraising secured enough money to build a village school in one of the affected areas of Nepal.
Lucy Scrase, Keswick Mountain Festival director, comments: “Once again, Keswick Mountain Festival has been a huge success and this amazing fundraising total really adds to that. We were delighted to be able support the various fundraising initiatives for Community Action Nepal over the weekend. Thanks to everyone who came up with fundraising ideas and in particular to our wonderfully generous visitors who have donated so much money to this really important cause.”