Our Communities

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

Local Heroes!

At the recent Low Wood Bay 60th Anniversary we hosted a garden party and invited guests from our community, heroes nominated for a whole host of reasons - carers, volunteers in local hospitals and schools, those who give up their time to run local youth groups, people who help protect the environment, fundraisers and charity workers.

The Puppy That Keep’s on Giving!

Sam the puppy on the Low Wood Bay jetty

Sam has graced the English Lakes bedrooms for ten years and entertained countless children during their stay at our hotels. Sam is happy to travel home with his new found friends and can be purchased from Reception. All profits go directly to local children’s charities. To date Sam has contributed £30,000 to these worthy causes.

Eden Valley Hospice and Derian House

Representative's of English Lakes and the Eden Valley staff stood together

In the days leading up to Children’s Hospice Week in May 2012, it was a privilege to visit two of our local Children’s Hospices. Derian House in Chorley and Eden Valley near Carlisle. These are two of the fifty hospices around the UK providing a lifeline service to the families of around 24,000 children and young people in the country with life shortening conditions.

The proceeds from the recent sale of English Lakes Sam the dog enabled us to present £3,000 to both hospices but left us with a desire to give much, much more.

Paddlers for Life

The team of paddlers about to set off down the Thames

English Lakes are very pleased to support Paddlers for Life, a charity which helps fight breast cancer. Research has shown that physical activity involving teamwork and paddling can give cancer survivors both physical and emotional benefits, as well as helping to build friendship and support networks.

Paddlers for Life have two dragon boats at Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre and meet most Sundays to practice.

Anyone who would like to get involved in Paddlers for Life, or who would like to offer sponsorship or donations, can find more information and contact details on the Paddlers For Life website.

Paddlers for Life paddled in the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Our own Paul Brown, Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre Manager, drove down with the boats, launched them in the Thames and coxed one of the boats – seen here in his patriotic union jack buoyancy aid.

Open Arms International

The Open Arms Village sign

In 2010, English Lakes partnered with Open Arms International - an organisation dedicated to raising children orphaned by AIDS, civil warfare, disease or other tragedy. Our employees met their target of raising £45,000 to build and equip a home for 16 children.

We now parent-partner eight children from the Open Arms village