Supporting our Community

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

Visitor Giving at English Lakes

At English Lakes we invite each guest to give a voluntary donation of £1 at the end of their stay. Most are happy to contribute in the knowledge that the money raised is working hard to protect and maintain the landscape for future generations.

The money raised is used to support a host of projects across Cumbria, delivered by committed organisations who are working hard to protect our beautiful landscape, support local communities and promote our wonderful heritage.

Tree Planting with Cumbria Community Foundation 

Cumbria Community Foundation supports individuals, families and communities by addressing disadvantage in many forms. Every year they support over 500 projects; since 1999 they have invested over £44 million into nearly 4,000 groups and 8,000 individuals.

English Lakes started supporting this wonderful cause in 2019 and has already supported the Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association (WADAA), through the foundation, on a project to improve access at Castlehead Tarn. The development will provide wheelchair access to the area and help open up the sport to the wider community.

Our forward projects will focus on tree planting to restore community areas such as parks and public lake access points. Other tree planting projects will actively work to restore floodplains and protect vulnerable dwellings.  

Environmental Projects with Lake District Foundation

For over sixteen years English Lakes supported Lake District Foundation raising nearly £200,000 to help minimise the adverse impacts of tourism, whilst maximising the positive effects of tourism on the local economy.

Lake District Foundation is a charity set up to protect the landscape and environment of Cumbria and the Lake District. The money donated supported a variety of conservation and restoration projects. The beauty of the local landscape and wonderful wildlife are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year, but the effect of footfall has an impact on the environment.


Supporting Children's Charities

Sam the dog, our kids club ambassador, has graced the English Lakes bedrooms for ten years and entertained countless children during their stay at our hotels. Sam can travel home with his new found friends after being purchased from our hotel receptions. All profits go directly to local children’s charities, a different charity is selected every time to help as many youth as possible.

Education in Kenya with The Noah Initiative

Sam's Club offers a variety of activities for kids staying with us, from splash times to goodie bags. Our restaurants have special Sam's menus which include dishes which, if chosen, make a donation to the Noah Initiative.

Through the Noah Initiative, English Lakes sponsors students in Kenya who receive education and life-skills to become empowered to drive positive change in their communities. Disadvantaged youth are accepted into the educational and mentor-ship programs to help them create better and brighter futures.


Supporting Cancer Charities

English Lakes are delighted 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.

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.

Anyone who would like to get involved in Paddlers for Life, or who would like to offer sponsorship or donations, can contact Paddlers For Life directly.


Supporting Local Businesses

Where possible, we choose local businesses to supply our properties. We develop good working relationships with companies to promote a stronger local economy within the National Park. 

We also make recommendations to guests on where to visit and what to do during their stay. We have created itineraries and blogs which promote local shops, smaller surrounding villages and independent attractions to support the wider Lakeland community.