A SOUTH Lakeland outdoor disability charity is being supported with a grant of £75,000 from the ScottishPower Foundation.

The Bendrigg Trust at Old Hutton, which promotes inclusion, encourages independence and improves physical and mental health for disabled people through outdoor adventure activities, is one of 17 charities benefitting from the foundation’s assistance in 2018.

Ann McKechin, Executive Officer and Trustee of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “This is a new partnership for the ScottishPower Foundation but it is already clear to see the impact which the Bendrigg Trust is having on the lives of many people living in Kendal, the surrounding area and beyond.

"We are delighted and extremely proud to offer this financial support to a very worthwhile cause.”

The funds from the ScottishPower Foundation will be used to support the neediest people, who would otherwise be unable to afford a visit to Bendrigg, to experience these life-changing opportunities.

For many, it is often their first, or only, chance to visit the countryside and take part in activities such as caving, canoeing and climbing. It is expected that around 700 people from across the UK will benefit from the funds.

Bendrigg Trust principal Nick Liley said: “This project is so important as it allows individuals and groups to be able to afford opportunities in the outdoors and gain worthwhile and long-lasting outdoor memories.

"These positive benefits, amongst others, show themselves as improvements in the person's behaviour, demeanour, emotional and mental well-being, social skills and confidence."

Individuals or groups interested in the work of the Bendrigg Trust are encouraged to visit its website www.bendrigg.org.uk or call 01539 723766.