For the last 20 years, the Cumbria Soaring Club has run the ever-popular ‘Lakes Charity Classic’ paragliding competition every June to raise money for local charities and good causes.
The coronavirus epidemic has put paid to the event taking place next month, the club making the decision to delay initially this year’s classic until September to see what will happen then.
However, because the club’s flyers know that local charities need funds now to continue providing their vital services during the Covid-19 crisis, they have donated a total of £1,500 split between three local foodbanks – in the North Lakes (based in Cockermouth and supporting communities on the west coast), Kendal and Carlisle.
Club chair Jackie Knights said: “Obviously we can’t run our charity event this June, but we’d like to give what little we can, now, to support those local people who are struggling to manage. If we can run our flying competition later in the year, we’ll be able to make a bigger donation. However, at the moment, all our members recognise the importance of supporting the NHS and other front-line workers.”