Quest to raise cash for local charity

13 March 2013

A brand new corporate challenge event has been hailed a success after raising over £5,000 to help a local disability charity.

Northumberland based charity, Calvert Trust Kielder held its first Kielder Quest, on Friday 8 March at the centre, located in the beautiful surroundings of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The trust, which provides challenging outdoor adventure holidays for disabled people, welcomed 7 corporate teams to take part in physical and mental challenges in the new fundraising event.

Business colleagues from Northumbrian Water, UBS Wealth Management, DAC Beachcroft LLP, Wakefield Chartered Building Surveyors, Lumsden & Carroll Civing Engineering, Brainbox and Seymour Civil Engineering battled cold and wet weather conditions to complete 6 instructor led challenges including, The Rack, Giants Ladder, The Wall and Sticky Puzzle.

Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering were the events first winners taking home the Kielder Quest Trophy. A special award was given to Brainbox whose team was sponsored by Irwin Mitchell LLP, for displaying the best Team Spirit of the day.

Andy Pritchard, Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering said:

“The centre is located in wonderful surroundings and the challenges tested the nerve of our team throughout. Our enthusiasm was not dampened by the dull weather and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to have another crack at it next year. A big thank you to the team at Calvert Trust Kielder who helped make the day an unqualified success.”

Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Calvert Trust Kielder said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part helping us to raise £5,427 to boost our work with disabled children and adults, with special thanks to our sponsor, Northumbrian Water. It is fantastic to receive support from the local business community.

“Kielder Quest was a huge success and despite the cold weather the teams remained in good spirit and everyone enjoyed the day. We have already started to plan for next year’s event.”

For further information about how you can get involved please contact Hazel Ditchburn on 01434 250232 or

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to

• Calvert Trust Kielder was opened in 1984

• The Trust provides challenging outdoor adventure and activity holidays for 5000 children and adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities from the Northeast and rest of the UK.

For further information contact Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate & Events Fundraiser on 01434 250232 or email

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working at Kielder to promote sustainable development, provide recreational facilities, improve knowledge of the natural environment and encourage the arts. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

Hazel Ditchburn (Mrs), Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Tel: 01434 250232, Fax: 01434 250015, Mobile: 07869 283728, Email:



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