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Catbells To Be Lit Up In Aid Of Nepal Earthquake

This coming April a fundraising event for charity Community Action Nepal will see Catbells illuminated at night by hundreds of volunteers with torches.

150 head torches light up Blencathra, 97 kb
150 head torches light up Blencathra
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​The Catbells Festival of Light follows the success of a torchlit mass ascent of Blencathra last summer (see news here), which raised £5000 for relief efforts following Nepal's devastating earthquake.

Coming almost one year after the earthquake, April's festival aims to help keep it in the public eye, and raise money that's still much needed as the affected communities slowly rebuild.

'On this coming 23rd April we have planned a bigger and better event' co-organiser Matt Le Voi tells us.​

'The aim of the evening is to light up the spine of Catbells with people wearing head torches, and for the amazing occasion to be snapped by professional photographers.'

'As long as the weather plays ball it has the potential to be an epic evening on the fells, and with over 400 people already signed up to take part the atmosphere will be electric.'

While the Blencathra event was attended by around 150 people, this year's numbers are already well more than twice that - a promising sign both for a spectacular light show on the night, and for the fundraising effort. 

'If you combine recommended donation figures with the level of participants already, we are set to smash our total of £5,000 from last year' says Matt, 'but with your help I'm sure we could decimate it!'

The festival is sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor Keswick and Lakeland Walker magazine, while Petzl will be lending out headtorches on the night.



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