CUMBRIAN carers took on a running challenge to raise money for charity.

The Kendal based charity the Carer Support South Lakes saw four of its carers join the Great North Run half marathon.

During the 13.1-mile challenge Alison Magee-Barker, Janette McLaughlin, Craig Dart, and Evan Shanks all helped raise more than four and a half thousand pounds.

The funds raised by the Carer Support South Lakes Great North Run team will also help for essential items which will be used for tidying homes, gardens, cleaning, shopping and for tickets for a leisure attraction.

Some of the funds will also be used to buy tickets for Carers to go to the Lakes School Players Pantomine which will be performed in January, which will be a few hours of fun and respite for those looking after a loved one

A recent survey by Carers UK found 40 per cent of unpaid Carers had not had a day off for over five years so time for rest and relaxation is very needed, and very appreciated by those who benefit from these important funds.

One of the carers who recently received a leisure pass from Carer Support South Lakes said: “I’d like you to know what an amazing day we had yesterday due to the kind generosity of Carer Support South Lakes.

"The Freedom of the Lake cruise pass was amazing, we sailed to and from Brockhole for over 4 hours, hopping on and off, eating ice-cream and having a relaxed picnic on board.

"Thank you again for the wonderful day out.”

Donations can still be made at