A CASE of ‘man flu’ has not deterred a South Lakeland District Councillor from heading out tonight on the fells for a good cause.

Tonight Cllr Ben Berry and a group of leading Cumbrians will sleep on the aptly named Cold Pike in the Langdales to raise awareness of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund.

Temperatures are set to dip below zero, but it will feel colder on the fells – especially as the group will have only bivvy bags to keep them warm.

Cllr Berry, Tory District Councillor for Windermere, Applethwaite and Troutbeck, said: “Although I’m fighting the dreaded manflu I remain positive about heading up into the freezing fells for the night. One night of discomfort pales in comparison to a whole winter which is the reality for so many of our older vulnerable people without the help of the Winter Warmth Fund.”

Andy Beeforth, Director of Cumbria Community Foundation, is leading the group up into the Langdales this evening and is glad of the support of his fellow campers:

Chris Tomlinson OBE, Community Foundation Trustee and former Chief Executive Cumbria Tourism
Richard Leafe, Chief Officer, Lake District National Park
Gary McKeating – Head of Socio-economics, Nuclear Management Partners
Cllr Ben Berry, SLDC Councillor and English Lakes Hotels
Debbie Cosgrove, CCF Grants Committee member and former Cumbria Woman of the Year.

Andy said: “The forecast is not too bad – the temperature is likely to be just below freezing with no rain or snow forecast. It should not be too windy, although the altitude (701m at the summit) will make a difference.

“The Winter Warmth Appeal has now raised £43,500 and we’ve already helped 120 older people with grants and expect that figure to rise to 300. We know from previous year’s appeals that this money saves lives – so our efforts are for a very good cause.”

Anyone can donate to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund and the money raised will be given directly to those in need.

Donate Online – at http://www.justgiving.com/winterwarmthfund

Donate by Text – Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code WINT37
e.g. WINT37 £5 to 70070. You can donate £2, £5 or £10.

Donate by Cheque – Payable to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Post to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

For ideas on how people can stay safe and warm this winter and how you can help people in your community, visit our website: www.cumbriafoundation.org

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