Four months after its public launch the BMC's Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal has passed the one third mark, having raised over £330,000. With eight months still to go, it is currently on schedule to hit its £1million target.
The money will go into the repair of some of Britain's most popular – and heavily eroded – mountain footpaths on busy peaks such as Scafell Pike, Cadair Idris, the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Beinn a' Ghlo and the South Downs Way.
Matthew Bradbury, chair of the BMC Access and Conservation Trust, said:
"Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is really moving up through the gears, and hitting this milestone is a big boost. The total we have raised so far ranges from fivers given by individual outdoor enthusiasts to donations in the tens of thousands from businesses and charitable foundations, and everything in between. All donations are valuable.
"Raising money is important because fixing the problem of path erosion in the hills and mountains is not cheap. When you factor in stone airlifts, skilled labour and remote locations, it can cost as much as £200 per metre or more.
"But this appeal is also about bringing the outdoor community together and showing our appreciation for the places we walk, run, ride, ramble or climb in. Get involved by rallying your friends and family; organise fundraising activities with your group, club or outdoor buddies; spread the word as far as you can."
As well as receiving support and donations from hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts, one project in the appeal has recently been boosted by a £40,000 pledge of support from the Oglesby Charitable Trust, which supports projects which have a positive social and environmental impact in the North West of England.
The profile of Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million has risen since the success of the 'Great Ridge Light Night' back in May. Supported by Wainright Walks and Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, it saw more than 600 volunteers illuminate the iconic Peak District landscape, raising awareness and cash in the process.
Corporate supporters include headline sponsors Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock, who have been hosting collection boxes and publicity material in 110 stores across Britain, plus Vango, Fjallraven, Hanwag, Trekkit, Everest Windows and The Outdoor Guide.
- For more info on the campaign see mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk