Windermere holiday park guests dig deep for charity

Conservation work on behalf of ospreys and grey seals are among the causes being supported by a raft of fundraising initiatives at Windermere holiday park, Park Cliffe.

With the help of its holiday guests, the family-run business has this month handed over almost £1,500 of donations to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and UNICEF’s Ukraine Fund.

The cash was raised through a number of projects, including a hugely popular duck race, and an end-of-season raffle supported by local businesses and park suppliers.

Park Cliffe Holidaymakers show their support

Also swelling the total were donations of over £400 made by Park Cliffe customers when booking their holidays online – an option to which almost all guests agree.

Another £100.00 donation was added by the holiday park swapping postal-sent Christmas cards for electronic versions last December.

Susan Dickson, who owns Park Cliffe with her husband Derek, said she was very pleased with what everyone had achieved over the last 12 months:

“Many families and couples choose to visit us because of their love of natural beauty, and have always been keen to support causes connected with the countryside and conservation.

“We were initially concerned that the cost-of-living crisis might dent the donations total, but in the end our customers came up trumps again.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust donation

“Like us, they feel passionate about the importance of helping preserve Cumbria’s fragile beauty, and are keen to be involved in maintaining its upkeep,” said Susan.

Park Cliffe is a regular winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

It also recently completed a major planting project involving 400 native trees and hedgerows, providing habitats and feeding resources for a wide range of wildlife.

Thanking Park Cliffe for its donation, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Marieca Wegener said the gift would make a real difference across a number of key projects needing funding.

They included, she said, the successful nurturing of ospreys at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in Grange, and the protection of the grey seal colony in South Walney.

2023 Windermere Staycations

Bookings for this year are extremely strong, says Susan Dickson, and the Windermere holiday park and campsite has set itself the goal of beating its previous fundraising record in 2023.

Park Cliffe, near the shores of Windermere, provides luxury holiday homes to rent and own, glamping facilities, and pitches for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes.

There are more details about the park on its website at

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