Highlights of recent FUNDRAISING events

The immediate plight and long term difficulties facing the Nepali people following the two major earthquakes has really touched the hearts of the British people.

All over the country people have been organising fundraising events to support the the work of CAN and many other charities doing immediate disaster relief and long term rebuilding.

Here’s a selection of what’s been happening and how much has been raised: Thank you to organisers, participants and donors – you are all stars!

Pop-up concert raises £552 for Nepal, Penrith Sat 9th May

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Local musicians the Ravenbridge Quartet performed a pop-up concert in Booths, Penrith on Saturday 9th May to raise money for earthquake relief in Nepal.

As busy shoppers paused to listen, the quartet performed works by Haydn, Borodin and Bach. “We really wanted to do something to help the people of Nepal, after the devastating earthquake,” said quartet leader Rachael Cosslett. “We asked Booths if we could play on Saturday, and very kindly they said yes.”

The concert raised £552 for Nepal. Amy Coan, who plays viola in the quartet, said: “The generosity shown by Penrith locals has been amazing! This money has the potential to make a real difference.”

Sarah and Kenneth Wilson, the quartet’s second violin player and cellist, visited Kathmandu in 2013. “It’s devastating, seeing so many of the World Heritage buildings in ruins,” said Sarah. “But it’s the human cost of this tragedy that is so awful, and the reason why Nepal badly needs help from the rest of the world. Maybe we can’t do much – but we can’t stand by and do nothing.”

The Ravenbridge Quartet is planning to perform other pop-up concerts in aid of Nepal, so listen out for them in Penrith and Carlisle over coming weeks.

Keswick Climbing Wall Kids Club ‘Climb for Nepal’ Saturday 9th May…£600 and climbing!

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Saturday 9th May saw members of Keswick Climbing Wall’s Kids Club taking on the challenge of climbing the height of Scafell Pike in aid of Community Action Nepal. Carl Fallowfield of Cumbria Crack reports –

The group had to make 163 ascents of the climbing wall to reach the equivalent height of Scafell Pike: 978m.  16 intrepid climbers took on the challenge and managed to not only “climb” Scafell Pike, but made it up Latrigg too !!

Debbie Beament, Keswick Climbing Wall Manager said “We were approached by Community Action Nepal to have a collection box at the Climbing Wall, which we were more than happy to have.  After reading about and seeing on the news the terrible conditions the Nepalese people are having to cope with in the aftermath of the earthquakes, we wanted to do more for the charity than just host a collection box.  We have a thriving and keen Kids Club and we decided that it would be a great challenge for them to be sponsored to climb the equivalent height of Scafell Pike.  We were amazed at their energy and drive, not only to complete the challenge but in their fundraising efforts: over £600.00 in total and it’s still coming in, which was well above what we ever imagined raising in the 2 hour session. They are all amazing and we are very, very proud of them !”

(Thanks to Cumbria Crack for this news report of the event)

Glasgow does the Tango for Nepal…”It’s a Ten from Len!”   Friday 15th May, Mary Hill Burgh Halls £2,700 

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A charity Tango organised by John Mcgibbon, Ron and Janey Montgomery and supported by Glasgow’s Tango dance fans raised £2,700. What a fantastic result.

The range of events to support Nepal is very heartwarming and positive.

Thank you to all the regular Tango dancers and those having a go for the first time – trying not to stand on toes too much!

Please click on the picture gallery below to see more images from the event. (Thanks to Douglas S. Cutt for the pics)



Keswick Mountain Festival Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th May – ‘Fundraising Frenzy’ £15,000+

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Many thanks to Lucy Scarse and her team at Keswick Mountain Festival who helped with a frenzy of fundraising for Nepal over the Festival.

The support of local people, climbers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and the thousands of visitors from across the country was truly wonderful.

The amazing ‘Sales for Nepal’ by Trekmates and  by TRAIL magazine show that everyone still likes a bargain when they are fundraising!

A wide variety of fundraising took place … here’s the results and a picture gallery from Saturday and Sunday.

A picture gallery Keswick Mountain Festival Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May is below (click on images to view full size)

Keswick Mountain Festival – donation from ticket sales: £467    Thank you to the Festival team for all their help and generosity during the event

Cicerone Press – donation from sale of books: £315   Thank you to Cicerone Press, who publish a massive range of walking and climbing guides for destinations across the world.

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Trekmates – donation from sale of discounted outdoor goods and accessories: £4,100

Thank you to Trekmates whos ‘Gear Jumble Sale’ was a real hit and packed with customers all weekend buying gloves, thermals, stuff sacks, gaiters, hats, utility knives and much more …. including yours truly who writes this website!





CAN –  sales and info stand: £1,500  Thank you to all the CAN volunteers and staff who helped over the Festival.

It was heartwarming to meet so many supporters of Nepal and hear so many wonderful tales from visits to Nepal . This was a real boost to CAN’s morale… as well as to our Earthquake appeal collection boxes!




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Wenlock Spring Water – donation from sales of bottled water: £220 Thank you Wenlock Spring water who provided refreshing chilled water for those on two and four legs!

The weather was a bit chilly itself …. so Wenlock Spring have kindly donated unsold supplies of still and sparkling water to CAN’s garden open day at Doug and Trish Scott’s home on Sunday June 28th. Grab yourself a bottle whilst you enjoy the fruits of Doug’s hobby …. gardening and veg growing!


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TRAIL magazine -donation from sale of discounted outdoor clothing and gear: £8,173

On Sunday 17th TRAIL held a two hour mega discount sales of the outdoor gear and clothing they test in magazine reviews.

The sales wigwam was packed with boots, rucksacks, tents, fleeces, waterproofs and more. Hundreds queued to grab the best bargains. Customers, 20 at a time, were allowed only five minutes in the wigwam … though some went back to the back of the queue and had another go!

An amazing amount was raised for Nepal. Thank you TRAIL and particularly Editor Simon Ingram and the TRAIL staff who ‘managed’ the handbags at dawn madness!

Wanderlust Magazine – donation from sales of discounted outdoor gear: £450

Thank you to Wanderlust and KE Adventure Travel for supporting CAN’s Appeal and your work to encourage trekkers to visit Nepal as soon as is possible to support Nepal’s people and economy.

Lecture -‘Kangchenjunga’ and mountain prints auction by Doug Scott: £2,880

Doug lectured to a full house on the opening night of the Festival. Doug made the third ascent of the world’s third highest peak and in lighweight alpine style. Thank you to those who successfully bid for mountain prints signed by Bonington, Messner, Scott and more.








Ten in Ten in Ten 4 Nepal in the Peak District  Saturday 16th May …raised £11,000

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The Peak District climbing, walking and outdoor community, led by outdoor instructor Jon Hubbard held a mass participation event which raised an amazing £11,000.

Participants were challenged (and sponsored)  to walk Ten miles and en route climb Ten rock routes … all in Ten hours. Well done to all who took part or actually completed the challenge.


In the evening a fundraising event with talks, music and charity auctions kept the party atmosphere going.

The generosity of organisers, helpers, participants and sponsors is once again very humbling and heartwarming – thank you.    Click here to see photos of the event on the Ten in Ten Facebook page.

A full report and pictures will follow shortly on this website

Teesdale Lesiure Centre ‘Kids Climbing for Nepal’ Sunday 17th May…..raised £1,450

Sarah Gent, who organised this event has just given CAN the great news from this event. Sarah told Doug

“We’re so proud of our kids who by climbing an impressive 1700m at Teesdale Climbing wall on Sunday  have raised over £1450 for CAN. Special mention has to go to Esme Brien who, at the tender age of 5, not only climbed but also ran 5k on Sunday morning and went for a swim to finish off her sponsored triathalon.”

Thank you to everyone who took part to climb 1,700 metres and all those who sponsored their great effort.


If you’ve organised an event please send us your event reports and photos. CAN will post them on our Facebook and website pages. Thank you.

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