STAFF at a Lakeland holiday park have stepped on the gas in a charity fundraising drive for terminally-ill youngsters.

Skelwith Fold, based in Ambleside, have asked visitors to hand in unwanted gas cylinders in exchange for a donation to the Make-A-Wish children's appeal.

The money raised by the cylinders, widely used for heating and cooking in caravans, will help the charity to create happy memories for youngsters who suffer from a terminal illness.

But gas is just one way in which the park intends to soar above last year's £5000 fundraising total.

Walking guides to the area will be sold in its shop, with the proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team will also benefit from summer events held at the park, ranging from coffee mornings to Easter egg hunts and quiz nights.

Skelwith director Henry Wild said: "Organising the various fundraising activities often involves a lot of preparation and planning, but staff always throw themselves into the different projects with gusto.

"Their efforts, and the generosity of holidaymakers, helps to make a real difference to the lives of many people both in Cumbria and at a national level.

"This year we are determined to create a new milestone for giving, and we're hoping that the gas appeal will give us just the lift we need to get up and away.”