Fundraising Success: October Fundraising Weekend 2016

A massive thank-you goes to everyone who attended this year’s CKDCF Fundraising Weekend, and to all of those who sponsored our fundraisers; you all made this year one of the best ones to date!

Photos courtesy of Mark Andrews and Mark Wardle

Friday 21st October saw the beginning of the 15th annual CKDCF fundraising weekend, which was held in memory of John Lynn, whose memorabilia collection was displayed for supporters to look through.  With people from all over the world heading to the west coast of Cumbria, this was one of our greatest weekends yet.

As always, the Friday evening kicked off with a delicious buffet dinner and opening speech from our Founder and Chair of Trustees, Francis Dunnery, who thanked everyone involved in our work.  Soon after, guests heard from three guest speakers: Liz Condron, Assistant Headteacher at Mayfield Special School; Marie Scott, from the West Cumbria Society for the Blind; and Gill Wykes, from Cumbria Cerebral Palsy.  Guests were entertained by John and Wayne, Peter Jones, Materya (Andrea and Bernadette), and Quint Starkie.

Our tenacious fundraisers woke up early on Saturday morning to make the journey to the new location of the annual Peter Watson ‘Joy in the Rain’ Sponsored Walk, Loweswater.  Despite some teething-problems with parking, everyone successfully made the 6km walk around the lake, with some even having a go on the rope-swing on the shore!  All the fundraisers were pleased to see the rain stay away this year!

In the afternoon, CKDCF supporter Mark Wardle held the first-ever CKDCF pub quiz, at the Seacote Hotel.  Mark’s pub quiz was a great success, and we look forward to him holding more in the future!

That evening, Francis Dunnery took to the stage of Egremont Market Hall, with a number of special guests, to play songs from his Gulley Flats Boys album.  A great night was had by all – both local and international fundraisers.

We look forward to seeing all of this year’s fundraisers, and new fundraisers, at next year’s October Event (20th & 21st October 2017).

Sunday 23rd October 2016

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