patron rory hosts fundraising talk for friends of the lake district

A fundraising talk supported by the charity’s Patron Rory for Friends of the Lake District has been a complete sell-out, helping to raise over £3,500 for the charity’s conservation projects.

Entitled ‘From Afghanistan to Eden’, Rory used the talk to share his experiences of both his now famous walk across Afghanistan back in 2002, and his more recent endeavours this summer, walking over 400 miles across Cumbria and into Scotland. Presenting to a packed room at Penrith’s George Hotel Rory said: “I’ve delivered talks about my journey across Afghanistan a number of times now, and so it’s great to be able to talk about my walk across Cumbria this summer too – this is perhaps a rare occasion when those present will actually know where and what I am talking about!”

Friends of the Lake District have described the event as a great success, following very positive feedback from all those who attended. Speaking afterwards, Rory said of the event: “I am delighted to be able to support Friends of the Lake District’s vital work helping to conserve the landscape of the Lake District and Eden areas. I am a passionate believer in the importance of local communities, and their role in shaping a landscape. It was the first time I have had the opportunity to discuss the very different environments and communities from Afghanistan to Eden, and it is nice to reflect on where the similarities lie, despite such differences.”


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