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articles > 2013

The Brathay Exploration Group Trust to be the main beneficiary for 2014

The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce that the Brathay Exploration Group Trust, based in Ambleside, will be the main beneficiary of funds raised by the Society in 2014.

The Brathay Exploration Group Trust, formed in 1947, is a charity that takes young people on exploration in the UK and throughout the world. They also provide opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled children in Cumbria to explore the fells and learn about environmental issues that affect this wonderful landscape.

The money that is raised by the Society through its annual Charity Challenge, together with sales of its 2015 Calendar, will be used to fund ‘Taster Weekends’ enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience what Alfred Wainwright described when he first beheld the view of the Lakeland mountains as, ‘a moment of magic’.

The Society hopes to be able to fund a two-year programme of ‘Taster Weekends’ that will benefit over 200 children who live in Cumbria.

When Alfred Wainwright was reminiscing in 1966 after he had completed the Pictorial Guides he wrote in Fellwanderer, ‘Do take the children on the hills early … Children are born scramblers and don’t hurt easily: it’s yourself you want to watch, not them. They will be in a seventh heaven of delight.’

Malcolm Tillyer, the Chairman of Brathay Exploration Group has said, ‘We are based in Ambleside and it’s important that we establish ourselves as part of the local community. I want our work to particularly help local young people and to allow them to appreciate the wonderful environment that is on their doorstep.’


A group of young people on Coniston Old Man, The Lake District
Photo: Courtesy of Brathay Exploration Group Trust


It is the Society’s hope that through the activities organised by Brathay Exploration Group, more youngsters will be encouraged to climb and walk on Lakeland’s fells and experience the joy and wonder that Wainwright experienced when he was a young man exploring the mountains for the very first time.

Derek Cockell - Secretary of The Wainwright Society