The spirit of Calvert Giving

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The ‘Original’ Calvert Legacy

In 1794, orphaned and without anywhere to live, William and Dorothy Wordsworth were given their first home, just outside Keswick, rent free, by the Calvert Family. Raisley Calvert was a childhood friend of Wordsworth and believed in Wordsworth’s potential as a poet.

Raisley died, aged 21, of tuberculosis. In his Will, he left Wordsworth the legacy of £900 that was to give him the independence that would allow him to devote himself entirely to poetry and become the Poet Laureate we know today.

Wordsworth immortalised his friend’s legacy in published word:

‘Calvert! It must not be unheard by them who may respect my name,
that I to thee owed many years of early liberty’

Sonnet to the memory of Raisley Calvert

Thus was born, the spirit of Calvert Giving. Over two centuries later, we are so very grateful that it is still alive and well.

How can you help?

In 2023, we need to raise over £900,000 to cover costs including replacing and renewing essential specialist equipment and providing vital bursary support for guests with disabilities who would not be able to visit us without financial support.
As a charity we receive no government funding so every gift, no matter how large or small, is crucial to help us realise this target.
NB: We claim Gift Aid back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and this will always be treated as unrestricted funding, even if the original donation is restricted.

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Quick Give

Make a one-off donation of any size via our ‘quick giving’ panel below. Every single £1 you donate goes towards supporting our team deliver breaks to people who need them most.

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Give Regularly

If you feel able to, why not subscribe to give a regular amount each month? It’s quick and simple to do below and you can choose to stop at any time – just email us.

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Legacy Giving

A deeply personal decision. Whether you’re considering your Will or how best to mark a loved one’s passing, we’re incredibly grateful if you’re considering a Legacy Donation. Please do get in touch if you’d like a quiet conversation with one of our team.
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will purchase 2 specialist harnesses for climbing and abseiling activities


will provide a profiling bed for a disabled visitor


will support the ongoing care and welfare of our horses


will allow us to renew an adapted sailing dinghy

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Our goal is to help more and more disabled people access the benefits of outdoor activity. If you are able, give a one-off sum now or choose to give monthly - we are so grateful for your support.

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