Oaklea’s Fundraising Highlights

Keeping our Wishlist fund topped up has involved events, sponsored challenges and lots more!

Fundraising Highlights

Holding a “Torch” for Kendal & Oaklea!

Oaklea Trust got involved with Kendal Torchlight Carnival in 2018. It’s one of the biggest events of its kind - a carnival, street procession and lots of floats etc. Oaklea were one of the nominated charities and will benefit from funds raised. We put together a team of customers and some staff to go ‘bucket’ collecting on the night of the parade. It was a fantastic evening -especially as the weather played ball!

The parade itself covers just over 2 miles round central Kendal and around both sides of the River Kent. The customers involved said they had a fantastic time and really enjoyed taking part in such a well known event - emphasising the Oaklea mantra - “Building stronger communities”.

Being involved in such a major fundraising event had so many positives - not least maintaining the profile of Oaklea in its Lakeland heartland - even if that meant trying to avoid being snapped up by a very “Hungry Caterpillar”! -the theme this year - fave books & authors!

Staying visible is easy with a little help from our friends at the Cumberland! (August 2018)

Oaklea’s CIC R2W have been given a big boost thanks to the Cumberland Building Society. The Society, through their Community Fund, have handed over £700+ to provide safety equipment like high vis vests in the bustling warehouse. Furniture Warehouse Manager, Chris Pantechis can be seen with local Cumberland Branch Manager Rebecca and Assistant Branch Manager Lynette and some of the R2W team.

ASDA ‘roll back’ the cash for Oaklea social enterprise R2W (Spring 2018)

Six take on the Cumbrian Three Peaks

In August 2015, a group of six Oaklea employees from our HR, IT and Short Breaks teams, completed the Cumbrian Three Peaks challenge. This gruelling 48 hours included 45 miles of walking, three of the highest mountains in England, and a staggering £3241 raised for Wishlist! The team also raised their £1800 sign up fee with the help of local businesses who contributed £180.00 each. A big thank you to Diverse Health Solutions, TTL Accountants, Sendtxt Ltd, AK Fleet Solutions, MRC Training, Hygia, DE Ford, Ezitracker, and Plain Creative

25th Birthday Coffee Mornings

To celebrate 25 years of Oaklea, teams of employees and customers from our registered houses planned their own themed coffee mornings. The result was 10 fantastic events which raised around £2300 altogether! Themes ranged from high tea to a mad hatter’s tea party, and one even featured a car wash!

Vintage Fashion Show

Oaklea took to the catwalk at the lovely Greenodd village hall for an afternoon of tea, cakes, and vintage fashion. Local vintage businesses dressed two models each, with all outfits and accessories for sale.

Personal Challenges

This year has seen several individuals challenge themselves on behalf of Wishlist. Mark Lowther ran the Edinburgh Marathon and raised over £500, and Julian Heath swam the Great North Swim, whilst he was supporting customer Catriona who worked very hard raising funds for Macmillan.


In 2014, we stepped back to the 1920s for an evening of Prohibition style fun and entertainment! Guests tried their luck in the casino and the whisky roll, and the location, the Castle Green hotel in Kendal, remained top secret until the last minute, to avoid being stopped by the 1920s authorities!

Wishlist Ball

Undoubtedly a highlight of Oaklea’s fundraising history, the Wishlist Ball raised around £13,000 over night! A night full of polished entertainment and surprises, including a waiting staff flash mob, this was an event which will be talked about for years to come!

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