After months of hard work behind the scenes, Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million launched to the public at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) last weekend, with a variety of successful events and promotions over the weekend to show what the campaign is all about.
If you somehow haven’t heard of the campaign yet (where have you been?!), Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a year-long appeal to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital path repair projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks.
The official launch event took place on Friday 9 March and generated a big crowd. Over 100 people turned out to listen to contributions from BMC Ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota, BMC hill walking officer and campaign lead Carey Davies, and several others. The event was a big success and was followed by a special mountain film screening.
Then on Saturday more than 30 walkers took the opportunity to put the ‘mountain’ in Mend Our Mountains. Walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts came out and braved the elements in the Peak District to walk the length of the Great Ridge – where Mend Our Mountains will be helping to repair damaged paths around Back Tor.
Despite an initially very grey sky, walkers were treated to beautiful views across Edale and Hope valleys during the walk, and had the opportunity to listen to our Mend Our Mountains team, as well as local experts who will be working on the Great Ridge project. Most importantly, a fantastic pub lunch was enjoyed by all at the end!
The BMC provided headline sponsorship for ShAFF and the Mend Our Mountains campaign was on show throughout the weekend, as thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descended on the Showroom Cinema to get their fill of adrenaline-fuelled adventure films.
Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a national coalition of organisations and projects - they are all in inspiring locations and they all need a boost from the public to be completed. The appeal is run in conjunction with a UK-wide coalition of National Parks and other organisations, and headline sponsorship is generously provided by Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock.
Mend Our Mountains ShAFF branding in action. Photo: Tamaris Higham
The appeal is about more than just tidying up a few muddy paths – it is about protecting the health and integrity of places which are hugely important to many people. Find out how you can do your bit.
As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.
From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.
If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join
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