Charities might be asked to give a proportion of the funds they raise from three peaks challenge events to local park authorities under new a voluntary scheme.
The Lake District National Park Authority, which is responsible for Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England and one leg of the three peaks challenge, is planning to ask charities to do more to help it offset the cost of the events, and has been offered encouragement by the Fundraising Standards Board.
The proposal is intended to compensate land managers for environmental damage caused by the events. The park authority might also ask charities to provide it with fundraising advice in return for making use of the parks.
Bob Cartwright, director of park services at the Lake District National Park Authority, said he wanted charities to help it raise money because the number of fundraising events was increasing and putting pressure on local services such as litter collection, toilets and parking areas. "It doesn't seem right that the park authority and the local community have to pay entirely for cleaning up after these big fundraising events," Cartwright said. "We're looking for ways to work with charities to finance the facilities that are needed."
Cartwright said this might include asking senior fundraisers to advise the authority how it could raise money. "These are the people who really know about raising money," he said. "Public sector funding is falling and we could really benefit from their expertise."
He said Care International gave 2 per cent of the funds it raised from the three peaks challenge every year to land managers to compensate them for the damage, and he might ask other charities to do the same.
Cartwright also said he hoped to set up an awards programme to reward charities for good practice in outdoor fundraising. "I don't want the National Park Authorities to just carp on about bad practice all the time," he said. "I want to praise charities when they do well."
Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said he had discussed the idea with Cartwright. "This isn't in the Institute of Fundraising's code of practice, so it's not something we would enforce," he said.
"But in the round, it seems like a good idea. It's important to encourage responsible fundraising."