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ACADEMY: Derwentwater trek raises vital funds

A lovely day in memory of Dave Wilkes helps two fantastic charities

16 October 2023

Club News

ACADEMY: Derwentwater trek raises vital funds

A lovely day in memory of Dave Wilkes helps two fantastic charities

16 October 2023

On 9 September our academy players, parents and staff gathered together at the Theatre by the Lake to embark on a 15km walk around Derwentwater to remember our dear friend Dave Wilkes, and to raise money for Every Life Matters and Carlisle Eden Mind.

Everyone who took part enjoyed the stunning views and picturesque environment, which was helped by the beautiful weather.

All who took part finished the 15km circular route around Derwent Water and raised a fantastic £2,230 which will be split and given to the two selected charities.

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Every Life Matters Charity Manager, Chris Wood said: “What a brilliant idea to have a beautiful fell walk in memory of Dave.

“It’s a very mindful way to raise money and give time to think of a good friend. Thank you to your staff, and friends, for donating so generously.”

Academy manager Simon Friel said: “It was great to see such a good turnout from our academy players, parents, and staff members as we all came together to remember Dave.

“It was a great day for all of us and it was fantastic to have some of Dave’s family join us for the walk.

“I would like to thank everyone who gave their time up to attend the walk and also to everyone who kindly donated money to our two chosen charities of Every Life Matters and Carlisle Eden Mind.

“The generosity shown has been great and the money raised has surpassed our expectations. I know that this will be a great help to both charities.” 

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“Thanks to the Keswick Launch Company for their donation of tickets for anyone who was struggling during the walk,” he added. “Their kindness and support of the event was greatly appreciated.

“Thanks to Scott Taylor (Academy DSO & Head of Education) and Matthew Scandle (Academy Player Care) for their help in organising the event.

“This is something we would like to do on a yearly basis and we hope we can build upon what we have started.

“I believe it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of mental health, especially within our academy, and give the players, parents and staff the opportunity to be involved in fundraising for great charities who have a positive impact on our local community.”

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