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Thanks, everyone – you're helping Holgates to make a real difference!

Here at Holgates we are always running charity events supporting good causes.

You can see from our fundraising tracker where our total currently stands and we plan to keep this total growing! Our charity achievements would not be possible without the fantastic support we receive from both our own staff and our holiday park customers.

Pancreatic Cancer - 16182

As our charity of the year for 2017/2018 we were delighted to donate this amount of money in January 2018, to a charity very close to Holgates hearts.

Breast Cancer UK - 3640

Each year we raise money for this charity through various activities such a cake sales and pink week. Find out more below.

BBC Children in Need - 500

Holgates donated this money to Matt Baker himself as the CBBC's Rickshaw challenge peddled straight past the gates of Holgates Silverdale.

St Mary's Hospice - 2225

We won Mawson the giant red squirrel in an auction. He is now settling into his new home at Holgates Silverdale and we are delighted to have him here.

So, we would like to offer a big "Thank You!" from us to everyone who has got behind our various fundraising projects to make these much-appreciated donations possible.

Fundraising has always been a long been a tradition within Holgates. Many of the most amazing ideas for helping good causes have come directly from our staff, and at Holgates we are always delighted to give them our backing.

Our chosen charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, has been adopted as the Holgates designated charity of the year again and has a special significance for the business. That's because Frank Holgate, the father of Michael Holgate who steers the group today, passed away from the disease in January 2015. Frank was an early pioneer of holiday parks in the Lake District, and his original business – Silverdale park – marked its sixtieth anniversary last year.

But, Pancreatic Cancer UK is only one of Holgates adopted charities who receives donations. Other fundraising activities for our other nominated charity, Breast Cancer Now include sponsored sporting challenges, raffles, bake-offs. Our staff always jump at the chance of course to dress up in pink or purple as part of each charity's national awareness days. Local businesses have also helped the park to swell our totals, including Robinson's Brewery which last summer donated 5p from every pint sold of its popular Dizzy Blonde ale.

Events such as our recent bi-annual Ceilidh are continuing a long tradition at Holgates and we support selected local good causes to help nearby communities. At Holgates we do try to focus all our charity efforts on our two chosen charities Pancreatic Cancer UK and Breast Cancer UK. We understand there are lots of other worthy charities and local communities we requests from but we unfortunately can’t support them all…. and we hope you understand that we try to work with the two that are close to Holgates hearts.

Here is just a snippet of our the proud charity work we have supported over the past 12 months many of which have featured in the media:

June 2019 - Charity Ceilidh 2019

Just over a month on from our bi-annual Charity Ceilidh, we are proud to announce that we have reached a charity milestone; raising over £13,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK in the last three years.

Firstly, we would like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who made our 2019 Charity Ceilidh such a fantastic event, especially our generous owners and holidaymakers who attended the bi-annual fundraiser. We would also like to thank our generous suppliers, who kindly provided a variety of fantastic prizes for our charity raffle. A special thank you also goes out to our wonderful staff who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to keep everything running smoothly.

Our 2019 Charity Ceilidh Weekend raised £3000, boosting our total funds raised for Pancreatic Cancer UK to £13,000 over the last three years!

More than 200 people – young and old - attended the bi-annual celebration event, which included an evening of live musical entertainment with traditional ceilidh dancing and fantastic food and drink.

We have been running our Charity Ceilidhs for a number of years now and we now dedicate this event to raising money for our chosen charity for Pancreatic Cancer UK which was chosen in memory of the visionary, Frank Holgate, who started the original expansion of the Holgates Holiday Park group in the early 1980’s. Frank sadly passed away in 2015, but his dreams for the parks live on through wife, Judith who is still a vital and much-loved part of our family business along with son, Michael at the helm.

Owner, Michael Holgate said: “We support many charities and worthwhile local causes every year but we decided our main charity partner for the ceilidh’s would always be Pancreatic Cancer UK as its a cause close to all of our hearts.
“As well as being a family business, we’re also all one big family at Holgates – staff, owners, and holidaymakers. Lots of owners have had holiday homes on our parks for years, and like many of our staff, all have fond memories of dad. That’s why people are prepared to dig deep and we can’t thank them enough for their unwavering support. It means the world to have raised such a great amount for such an important charity and we’ve no plans to stop anytime soon!

November 2017 - Bright ideas bring charity cash

Pinks and purples were the colours of Autumn at Holgates holiday parks where staff raised over £2,000 for two charities being supported. Staff all turned up for work dressed in bright pink – and decorated the park reception to match - for a weekend of fundraising in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. A few weeks later, holidaymakers marvelled at the sight of everyone in purple as staff took part in a national awareness day for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

A series of charity challenges were set up to help boost funds including a sponsored ramble around local beauty spot Arnside Knott with walkers adorned in pink and purple, and a sale of home-baked treats.

November 2017 – Holgates greets Pudsey with a £500 welcome

When BBC One Show's Rickshaw Challenge crossed the border into Cumbria it received more than just a warm reception from well-wishers. Holgates met Matt Baker at the gates at Holgates Silverdale with a £500 cheque ready to support the TV fundraising epic.

The donation produced a big thumbs up from the One Show's presenter Matt Baker on his 500-mile rickshaw marathon.

July 2017 - Holgates ceilidh reels in £8,500 charity windfall

Holgates would like to extend a big thank-you to the many local residents who supported its recent dance night for the Cumbria branch of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The bi-annual Holgates Ceilidh event was held at the former children's holiday camp opposite Silverdale holiday park, recently acquired by the business. This amazing total raised far our exceeded expectations.

March 2018 - £10,000 Cheque Handover to Pancreatic Cancer UK

Pancreatic Cancer UK was adopted as our principal charity after, Frank Holgate, died from the disease three years ago.

We raised this fantastic total by carrying out a variety of different activities, and was supported both by staff on Michael's six holiday parks, and by residents of Silverdale and other surrounding communities.

Accepting the cheque were the charity's London-based national corporate fundraising officer Amy Hannagan, and NW community coordinator Lynn Quigley.

Amy said that the energy, flair and imagination invested by everyone concerned during the 12-month fundraising bid had resulted in a massive boost for the charity's highly valued work.

Initiatives included fitness challenges in Silverdale park's gym, staff dressing in purple on the national awareness day for Pancreatic Cancer UK, and cake sales and quizzes.

Funds were also bolstered by a highly successful ceilidh in the village, and a sponsored walk around local beauty spot Arnside Knott, both enthusiastically supported by local residents.

"Many of the amazing fundraising ideas came from our staff, and they all deserve a huge pat on the back for the time and effort they put in to planning the different events," said Michael.

"Pancreatic Cancer UK does a fantastic job in helping those diagnosed with the disease to receive the very best treatment and care, and in supporting the families of sufferers.

"Sadly, my father's death came just before his business marked its sixtieth anniversary, which he would have been justifiably proud to celebrate with his family and many friends.

"Frank was in his mid-seventies, but I have also known other and much younger people than my father who have been affected by pancreatic cancer.

"That's why we have directed much of our business's fundraising efforts to helping this charity's pioneering research work and the help it brings to those with a diagnosis," said Michael.

The total amount raised by the parks came to £9038.00, but Michael said that his preference for round numbers led the business to top up the overall donation to £10,000.

Thank you for all your support throughout 2017 we are incredibly proud of the amount raised and all the support we've received.

The Holgates Team

An interesting start to the summer of 2018 led Holgates to bid for an 8 foot carved wooden squirrel that used to live at the Langdale Chase hotel in Windermere.