AN OUTDOOR activity centre has said a multi-thousand-pound grant will help keep the centre up and running and contribute to vital repairs.
The Kepplewray Trust has received a grant of £7,500 from grant making charity Allchurches Trust towards the upkeep of the outdoor centre in Broughton-in-Furness.
The centre has been a lead provider of outdoor activities for mixed ability groups for 30 years, hosting over 2,000 guests each year.
And its mission is to welcome hundreds of young people each year to provide a range of inclusive and challenging outdoor activities, including kayaking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, bush-craft, archery, team activities and more.
The converted Victorian mansion has been adapted with the needs of disability and mixed ability groups in mind and accommodates over 70 guests in 14 bedrooms, with lots of daytime space comprising three lounges, two games rooms and a large dining room.
Its extensive grounds offer on-site activities, as well as large adjoining field for camping, games and bushcraft.
However, since extensive renovation 25 years ago, some aspects of The Kepplewray Centre needs upgraded and repaired, and the grant will help cover the costs.
Nick Breton, strategy director for the Kepplewray Trust, said: “This grant is a very welcome contribution towards the sustainability of the centre.
“It will help us to continue welcoming many more hundreds of young people every year for great, challenging outdoor activities.”
Allchurches Trust awarded more than £23 million to churches, charities, and communities in 2020. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
Chloe Ewen, grants officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “We’re delighted our funding can support vital repairs to centre, which will ensure it can continue to run a wide range of activities for young people for years to come, in a welcoming, Christian setting.
“The Kepplewray Centre embraces inclusion, providing outdoor experiences for many young people who usually find it challenging to participate, opening their eyes to new skills and experiences.”