5th Lakeland Festival of Light Raises Over £15,000

© Carmen Norman

The Lakeland Festival of Light 2019, which took place on Saturday 4th May, saw more than 2000 people take to the hills at night.

Now in its fifth year, this mountain-based event encourages people to line the spine of the popular Lakeland Fell Catbells, lighting it up with torches to create a spectacular nocturnal display.

Over 2000 took part, a record for the event  © Carmen Norman
Over 2000 took part, a record for the event
© Carmen Norman

With participants making donations to join in, plus a raffle, the amount raised so far is over £15,000, comfortably above this year's £13,000 target. The beneficiary for 2019 is Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, a local charity which trains search dogs and supports their handlers.

"An 'arctic chill' in the forecast wasn't enough to discourage people and an event record saw more than 2000 people descend on Keswick to participate in the event, and hundreds more to just admire from a distance" said organiser Matt Le Voi of Lakeland Mountain Guides.

"We were almost overwhelmed on the mountain but as always, with the support of the fantastic marshalls and help from the participants, we got everyone in place. After that it was over to the work of our talented event photographers who yet again worked their magic perfectly."

"The event attracted people from all over the UK. Some were celebrating birthdays or anniversairies, while there was a hen party on the mountain, and even an engagement!"

Cat Bells reflected in Derwent Water  © Tom McNally
Cat Bells reflected in Derwent Water
© Tom McNally

The festival will no doubt return for 2020, but for now the organising team would like to thank everyone who made the event happen this year, from raffle prize donors and cake bakers to the participants themselves.

Over the past several years the Lakeland Festival of Light series has raised over £47,000 for charity and this will increase by quite a margin once the 2019 donations have been fully counted.

  • Donations toward the 2019 event can be made on Justgiving
  • Further information on the Lakeland Festival of Light Series can be found here

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