Rory Stewart, the parliamentary candidate for Penrith and The Border, was invited to speak at a fundraising dinner last Thursday, in support of the Castlerigg Manor Youth Service. Castlerigg Manor serves communities across the North West, acting as a residential retreat where young people can engage in outdoor activities and adventure weekends to develop their self-esteem and confidence. As the Youth Service for the Lancaster Dioceses, Castlerigg Manor has been active in the Northwest for over 40 years, and is keen to continue expanding their work and profile. Rory Stewart delivered a talk on his 42 day walk across Afghanistan, from Herat to Kabul, before opening up to the audience to talk on the country’s uncertain future.

Speaking afterwards, Rory Stewart said:

“Castlerigg Manor has done some incredible work with young people in the region for over 40 years. I was only too happy to support their fundraiser, and I hope they can continue to build and expand upon their work, inspiring and supporting young people for many more years to come.”

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