An emergency appeal to save the immediate future of a vital Cumbrian charity has raised more than £700,000.
Calvert Lakes’ Emergency Bounce Back Appeal has raised £730,000 as it draws to a close.
The Calvert Lakes – which is an outdoor centre for people with disabilities delivering activity breaks for schools, groups, families and individuals – launched the appeal at the end of November having lost more than £1 million in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the response to its appeal “exceeded all expectations”, Calvert Lakes will reopen on June 21 with COVID-19 secure policies in place and all outdoor activities available.
Calvert Stables and Calvert Reconnections, the trust’s new Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) rehabilitation centre, are also on course to open in early June.
“Thanks to the success of our Emergency Bounce Back Appeal we can now chart a course for the future,” said Giles Mounsey-Heysham, chairman of the trustees at the Lake District Calvert Trust.
“The support we have received has been absolutely incredible – and I would like to pay a personal tribute to everyone who has supported our Bounce Back Appeal. It has secured the trust’s immediate future and we are so grateful for the support.”
Calvert Lakes is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme in advance of its reopening to ensure the centre is fresh and ready for visitors.
“It’s all about providing the best possible Calvert experience,” added Giles.
“We can’t wait to open our doors – although a number of challenges remain. We are expecting to lose £500,000 of income this year despite furloughing most of the staff so we will continue to fundraise as our position remains extremely challenging.
“However, thanks to everyone rallying round and the success of the appeal, we are at least out of the immediate danger of closing.
“We are also extremely grateful to those individuals that have been able to commit to supporting our recovery over the next few years through their regular giving donations.
“Although through very sad circumstances, the legacies we have received recently will have a massive impact, aiding the recovery and continuation of our service in the longer term for many thousands of people with disabilities.
“If you are considering leaving a financial gift to the trust – to ensure that our work can continue by creating your own Calvert Legacy, please get in touch. The impact of your generosity will endure for years to come.”
Calvert Lakes is now taking bookings for June 21 onwards and Calvert Reconnections is open for referrals.