Don't wee in Wasdale, charity challengers urged

The Fundraising Standards Board and the Lake District National Park Authority have urged charity Three Peaks Challenge participants not to relieve themselves in locals' gardens.

The organisations want 2008 fundraisers to observe the Institute of Fundraising code of practice Outdoor Fundraising in the UK, which includes a section on the Three Peaks Challenge itself.

Problems occurred last year when hundreds of walkers attempting the 24-hour challenge arrived in the small hamlets of Wasdale and Seathwaite in Borrowdale in the middle of the night.

They disrupted the local community by going to the toilet in their gardens and creating too much noise from engines, shouting and slamming minibus doors. The community also complained about inconsiderately parked vehicles.

Mick Casey, a spokesman for the Lake District NPA, said: “The 24-hour Three Peaks Challenge runs across Scotland, England and Wales. We are the meat in the sandwich, and people arrive in the Lake District in the heart of the night. That’s when the problems occur.”

Large groups of walkers also threaten damage to the countryside by traipsing through narrow mountain paths in waterlogged conditions.

Jon Scourse, chief executive of the FRSB, said: “Unlike the London Marathon, this is not a one-off structured event, so each weekend during the summer season hundreds or even thousands of people attempt the challenge.

“We urge charities and fundraising organisations to operate the event to the highest standards.”

The Lake District NPA wants no more than 200 people at each event and for the impact of overnight arrivals to be managed. The guidance says that no one should arrive or leave between midnight and 5.30am in local residential areas.

Casey added: “We are highlighting this issue now because this is the time people start preparing for trips in May, June and July.”


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