Three Peaks campaigners disappointed by new Institute of Fundraising code

Environmental groups sought total ban

The Institute of Fundraising has launched a consultation on a proposed new code of practice about outdoor fundraising, but the draft code's guidance on Three Peaks challenges falls short of what some environmental campaigners wanted.

The new document, published this week, focuses more on environmental issues than previous versions. It has been claimed that charity walkers damage the environment and are a nuisance to local people.

The code says organisers should consider the carbon footprint of their events and promote local environmental organisations. "The emphasis is on respect for the environment and the need to minimise the impact of outdoor fundraising," said Louise Richards, director of policy and campaigns at the institute.

The Three Peaks working party, made up of representatives from near the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland, asked earlier this year for the code to stop charities running 24-hour Three Peaks challenges. But the new version says only that driving time between mountains should not count towards the time limit.

Mick Casey, a spokesman for the Lake District National Park Authority, welcomed the institute's efforts to change the code, but said more work was needed.

"We would like to see an umbrella policy for fundraisers and outdoor events, but for the Three Peaks to have a subsidiary code for each section of the challenge," he said.

Richards said the Three Peaks working party's requests had been taken into consideration but the code needed to apply across the board.

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