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articles > 2014

The Wainwright Society’s annual Charity Challenge raises £1500 for the Brathay Exploration Group

The Society is delighted to announce that a total of £1500 was raised by members during the annual Charity Challenge, which took place during three weeks in May.  Members walked the 84 ridge walks described by Alfred Wainwright in Books 1 – 3 of the Pictorial Guides.

Members of the Society walked from Gibson Knott to Helm Crag on Saturday 24th May, the final day of the Challenge, and met Honorary Member, Alan Hinkes, the mountaineer who was the first Briton to climb all the world’s 8000m peaks.  Alan presented the cheque for £1500 to Malcolm Tillyer, Chairman of the Brathay Exploration Group (BEG), which is the Society’s main beneficiary for 2014.

The Brathay Exploration group, based in Ambleside is to use money raised by the Society to fund ‘taster weekends’ for disadvantaged youngsters living in Cumbria during 2014-15.

In thanking members of the Society, Malcolm Tillyer said that the money would be used to give young people living in West Cumbria their first taste of walking on the Lake District fells, despite living so close.

In spite of his many mountaineering achievements, Alan Hinkes admitted that he still had not climbed all of the 214 fells described in Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides.  However, he demonstrated his climbing skills by scrambling to the top of the Howitzer, the highest rocks on Helm Crag, a feat that Alfred Wainwright never managed to accomplish.

Further donations will be given to BEG from sales of the Society’s 2015 Calendar, which goes on sale later in the year.

Derek Cockell                                                                                                                                                               

Presentation of cheque

Alan Hinkes (right) presents the cheque to Malcolm Tillyer, Chairman of the Brathay Exploration Group (left)
Photograph: Derek Cockell