Coronavirus. How Cumbria is supporting its communities

On Thursday night, March 26, millions of people across the country stepped out of their front doors, or stood at their windows or on their balconies to ‘raise a thunder of gratitude’, as The Guardian described it, for those working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

The Clap for Carers tribute was a massive salute to thousands of National Health Service staff and care workers who’re tirelessly and courageously battling the pandemic. It was repeated every Thursday evening until May 28.

Wonderful things are being done by wonderful people up and down the land. Individuals, families and communities are rallying around everywhere to help those in need. Below are some of the things that are being done in the Lake District / Cumbria.

ALSTON. Alston Wholefoods. Established in 1998, this workers’ co-operative aims to support local producers, reduce food miles and promote fairtrade. Currently it’s operating a ‘Pick and Pack’ service to customers who order in advance. ’We’ll then pack your shopping and let you know when it’s ready for collection, or we can arrange a free delivery,’ says the shop. There’s also ‘doorway shopping’ Monday-Saturday between 13.00-15.00. If you like cheese, check the virtual cheese cabinet ( Alston Wholefoods ( is one of four places at the moment supplying the Alston Essentials van, a free ‘brilliant local delivery service’ for the area.

AMBLESIDE. Ambleside Parish Centre is providing meals on weekdays and weekends which can either be picked up from the centre or home delivered to those self-isolating. To register for the meals, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ‘You can choose to donate £3 towards the cost of each meal or receive it free of charge if income is limited at the moment,’ says the centre. Thanks goes to Windermere School and Ryan Blackburn at the Old Stamp House for support with this project.

AMBLESIDE. The Old Stamp House/Kysty. The Michelin starred restaurant and the neighbourhood bistro - both in the same Blackburn family hands - have been making ‘weekend’ food for the Ambleside Parish Centre (see above), so that the centre can provide local people with meals on Saturday and Sunday as well as the rest of the week. /

APPLEBY. Low Howgill Butchers and Deli is offering a home delivery service for the elderly and vulnerable and those self-isolating.

ASKHAM. Askham Hall. While the 19 bedroom hotel is closed, vegetables from the large and productive kitchen gardens are ‘being distributed to the vulnerable and local families’. Askham Hall is in the 2020 editions of both the Good Hotel Guide and Good Food Guide while its Allium restaurant holds a Michelin star. A new vegetable field has been developed over the last few months.

BARROW/ULVERSTON. Kin Toffee Vodka, Hawkshead Relish and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. are amongst a number of businesses, sports organisations and children donating items and pictures to an NHS ‘thank you box’ which a group of people around Barrow and Ulverston are organising. The boxes are being given to staff working at Furness General Hospital, just outside Barrow, as part of the ‘Giving Back To Those Giving Everything’ campaign. Ulverston Brewing Company, Grange Bakery, Pioneer Foodservice, McClures and Bakehouse Born and Bread are five others donating. As is Barrow-based Kimberly-Clark which has supplied.…’I’ll leave this one a surprise,’ it says on the group’s Facebook page!

BAYCLIFF. The Fisherman’s Arms. The restaurant and bar with rooms which overlooks Morecambe Bay near Ulverston operates a meals on wheels home delivery service - Monday to Friday lunchtimes - for those self-isolating. Then on Friday it does takeaway fish and chips, with ten minute collection slots from 16.30-19.00. Call 01229 869133.

Windermere Lake Cruises

BOWNESS/WATERHEAD/LAKESIDE. Windermere Lake Cruises. The Lake District’s biggest tourist attraction has donated several van loads of food and drink to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The snacks and beverages come from shops on the boats and at Windermere Lake Cruises’ three main piers. ’We’re pleased to be able to do our bit for the medical staff who’re risking their lives to keep the rest of us safe. We sincerely thank them for everything they’re continuing to do to save lives,’ says the company. A couple of weeks later it donated another 600 items of food and drink to the Morecambe Bay Foodbank. All sailings are currently cancelled.

BRAMPTON. ABW Hardware. One of a number of businesses and individuals nominated by readers of the Cumberland News which is compiling a list of ‘coronavirus community champions’. The family hardware store prides itself on its ‘first class customer service and quality products’, supplying kitchenware, electrical appliances, ironmongery, gardening equipment, paint, building products and much more. Home deliveries are left in a safe place and disinfected on drop-off.

BRAMPTON. Creative Joinery and Design. As an extension to its plastic fabrication facilities, the firm has introduced a range of protection screens, available to companies offering vital services throughout the crisis. It’s also teamed up with Upfront Arts Venue at Unthank and Jon Stynes Design in Brampton to make thousands of protective face shields for frontline workers (see Unthank below).

CARLISLE. Carlisle Brewing Co. Producers of beers like Citadel, Spun Gold, Flaxen and Cumbrian Bitter, Carlisle Brewing is offering local delivery of its ales - with some good news attached. ‘By buying our beer in boxes, you can still be supporting your local. For every box purchased, we'll make a donation to your nominated pub so even if you can't get to them, you can still support them. We believe that during the current pandemic, we need to do everything we can to support the things that are important to us,’ says the brewery.

CARLISLE. Pioneer Foodservice is offering a contactless ‘drive-through’ collection service for food and drink. Place your order between 7-12 noon and collect on the same day after 17.30. A collection time slot is allocated when you place the order. Only products listed on the website are available but they do include fresh meat and bakery, chilled and frozen products.

L’Enclume and Rogan & Co

CARTMEL. L’Enclume and Rogan & Co, Simon Rogan’s two Michelin starred restaurants in Cartmel, are making a selection of nutritious meals to be delivered to locals’ homes. The dishes, such as butterbean cassoulet, cauliflower and chickpea curry, tomato and chilli pasta, and confit chicken, creamed spinach and leeks, cost £5. ‘This cost covers our ingredients and a little more to allow us to donate further meals to vulnerable locals in the area,’ say the restaurants. Summer vegetable boxes from their 12 acre farm/garden (Our Farm) are available for local delivery and subscriptions. ‘Simon Rogan at home’ was launched in early June: a three-course L’Enclume menu and weekly veg boxes from Our Farm or, for ‘the ultimate in at-home dining’ - a private chef experience. It’s currently only available in and around Cartmel but L’Enclume hopes to expand the area. /

Castlegate House Gallery

COCKERMOUTH. Castlegate House Gallery. Cumbria’s best known commercial art gallery is donating 25% of all profits made on the sale of any works, until the end of May (21st) to the Rainbow Trust. The trust ‘supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support we offer,’ it says. Housed in a listed Georgian building, close to Cockermouth Castle, the Castlegate House specialises in 20th century and contemporary British painting and ceramics. Check its online gallery.

Punch Bowl Inn

CROSTHWAITE. Punch Bowl Inn. Although the Lyth Valley pub itself is closed, the post office which operates from within the pub is still open. ‘Aside from our post office, if anyone needs anything at all, from picking up groceries to a friendly chat, there‘ll always be someone at the Punch Bowl. Please can anyone in contact with people in our community without social media, pass on this message, so we help everyone,’ is the request.

CUMBRIA. Ascendancy Apparel. The firm which sells hoodies, T-shirts, layering and tech - ‘for the adventurers, inspired by the great outdoors’ - is giving £1 from every order to the Cumbria Covid-19 Response Fund.

CUMBRIA. Booths. The family owned and run business ( has donated £10,000 to the Cumbria Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund aims to raise £3 million ‘to support the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities through the coronavirus crisis’. Booths has 28 stores in the north of England including ones at Kendal, Keswick, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Penrith, Ulverston and Windermere. The company is also offering a ‘next day essentials click and collect service’ and ‘home delivery bundles for the most vulnerable’.

CUMBRIA. CAMRA ‘Pulling Together’. This is actually a nationwide campaign by the Campaign for Real Ale, ‘to encourage pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis.’ As CAMRA’s Westmorland branch says on its website ( that could mean launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals. More details on

CUMBRIA. Cumbria Community Foundation. The Cumbria Covid-19 Response Fund was launched on March 17 with a donation of £100,000 from Cumbria Community Foundation ( The target is to raise £3,000,000 ‘to support the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities through the coronavirus crisis’. The Foundation offers local charitable and community organisations funding ‘to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus’. For more information go to

CUMBRIA. Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service and Cumbria County Council have published a ‘community pack’ of useful guidance for people who’re helping in their communities. Download the document at Cumbria CVS, which provides support, advice and services to local community and voluntary groups (charities) across Cumbria, is also appealing to charities that need help to get in touch with them. Hundreds of locals have contacted the organisation asking how they can help.

CUMBRIA. Inspired by Lakeland. The firm which sells Lake District related books and gifts is calling on artists of all disciplines in Cumbria ‘to create an original piece of work that captures the artist’s personal experience of life during lockdown’. Selected artwork (and text) will feature in a new 144-page book called Dreaming through the locking glass, profits from which will be split between Cumbrian NHS Trusts and local artistic groups. ‘The Coronavirus lockdown has been devastating to many Cumbrian artists and small businesses,’ says the firm. Deadline for submitting work is May 29.

CUMWHITTON. Pheasant Inn. The owners of this north Cumbria pub are offering takeaway meals and beer on Friday and Saturday evenings (16.30-20.00), plus delivering groceries (mini essentials, essentials and fruit and vegetable boxes) to nearby hamlets and villages. Takeaway meals include haddock and chips, bean chilli, beef chilli, lasagne and Cumberland sausage. Beer is often from the Carlisle Brewing Co a few miles away.

EDEN VALLEY. Eden Valley Artistic Network. The group of artists, organisations and venues - based in the Eden Valley and the northern and western lakes - is holding an exhibition called 100 days of Virtually EVAN. Each day features an artist and a piece of his or her work. Check Twitter and Facebook from the main website ( for the daily update. There’s also a ‘virtual gallery’ on another website (

EMBLETON. Caterite has launched a click and collect service from its site near Cockermouth. For more than 40 years, the company’s been providing hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, guest houses and other catering establishments with produce from Cumbria, the UK and abroad. It’s now opened that service to the public. Grapevine, which is part of the business, also offers a ‘click and collect’ service for drinks from Threlkeld near Keswick.

ENNERDALE. The Gather. The parish councils of Lamplugh, and Ennerdale and Kinniside along with The Gather (café and shop) at Ennerdale and local volunteers are working together to help those in need. ‘Call us if you need help with shopping, prescriptions, dog walking/pet care, household problems, information or if you’re feeling lonely or confused,’ they say. The Gather community shop also offers an order and collect/delivery service for essential supplies. Check website.

Higginsons of Grange

GRANGE-OVER-SANDS. Higginsons of Grange, family butchers, is offering a home-delivery service to residents within the LA11 postcode and surrounding areas. On Wednesdays and Fridays the service extends to Barrow and places en route along the A590; on Fridays it covers Kendal. Once voted Best Butchers in Britain by the Meat Trades Journal, it’s been run by Stuart and Pauline Higginson for over 35 years.

Grasmere Gingerbread

GRASMERE. Grasmere Gingerbread has despatched 200 parcels of its confectionery to hospitals, nursing homes, paramedics and other frontline staff dealing with the current pandemic. The well known family firm asked its customers to nominate people who might enjoy a treat of Grasmere Gingerbread during their tea break. Suggestions came in from all over the country, with each nomination being honoured. ‘I’m in awe of the people who’re caring for us as a nation, from doctors and nurses risking their lives on the frontline to many backroom staff who do so much unsung work,’ says Joanne Hunter, co-director of Grasmere Gingerbread.

GRASMERE. Lucia’s Coffee and Bakehouse. Herdwick hogget pasties, Cumberland sausage rolls, sourdough loaves, chocolate brownies, croissants and cinnamon buns are offered in a ‘pre-order and collection service’, with the pick up of items on Saturdays from 11-13.00. Delivery is available in Grasmere, if needed. Orders for food have to be in a couple of days before.

Great Corby Brewery

GREAT CORBY. Great Corby Brewery. Blonde, Session Ale, Lakeland Summit, Fox, Signal Peak and Stout are the six ‘bag in the box’ beers being offered for collection or local delivery by this brewery near Carlisle. ( Call 01228 560899 or check the Facebook page. The Queen Inn opposite - when open again - is as good a place as any to savour the beers.

HALLBANKGATE. The Hallbankgate Hub, a community shop and café near Brampton in north Cumbria, is offering a home delivery service in the local area for those who are self-isolating. The shop itself is open (limited hours) but if people don’t want to or can't come in ‘we can put an order together for them and leave outside for collection,’ says The Hub.

HAVERTHWAITE. Anglers Arms. The pub has turned into a ‘manufacturing workshop’, producing masks, scrubs, swabs and aprons to give to NHS workers and care staff. About 20 volunteers are making the protective equipment, raising money through a Just Giving page to pay for fabric.

HAWKSHEAD. Hawkshead Relish. ‘Say thank you with Thank You jam’. For every jar of this special edition jam, Hawkshead Relish is donating 50p to Growing Well, ‘to help support their hard work’. Growing Well is a mental health charity, an organic farm and a training centre based at Low Sizergh Farm near Kendal. Hawkshead Relish produces more than 120 different relishes, pickles and preserves which between them have won over 60 Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

KENDAL. Farrers Tea and Coffee Merchants is doing a special offer on sleeves of takeaway cups, ‘to support our local businesses that are now operating on a takeaway basis only for drink’. The company’s been ‘roasting fresh artisan coffee and blending fine teas since 1819’.

KENDAL. Lakeland Arts has produced a community magazine to deliver arts, culture and heritage to those in isolation. The magazine is the latest development in the charity’s Arts at Home campaign which aims to ‘amaze, inspire, amuse and unite audiences’ while they’re unable to visit Lakeland Arts attractions. Those attractions include Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum, both near Bowness. They temporarily closed their doors on March 19 while the Kendal-based venues, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, closed earlier in the year ahead of major redevelopment works. The mini magazine was produced in collaboration with the community and contains art and poetry from local residents alongside Lakeland Arts collections and highlights.

KENDAL. Pennington’s Spirits and Liqueurs is holding ‘Miniature May Madness’: giving away a free miniature with all orders over £40 (and free delivery nationwide). ‘Buying a bottle or two from us supports our family business,’ it says. The firm produces drinks such as Lakeland Moon Organic Vodka, Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and Gingerbread Liqueur.

NEAR KENDAL. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop and Café. ‘We’d like to help. Please tell family and friends that we can deliver our ready meals and provisions. Or phone ahead and we’ll come out and pop your shopping in the car boot,’ says the sign at this well known farm shop, just to the south of Kendal. Dishes like beef lasagne, lamp hotpot, fish pie and sticky toffee pudding - are delivered free within a radius of five miles.

KESWICK. Keswick Brewing Co. is raising money from the sales of its Easter beer Thirsty Bunny to support local food banks. That’s because food banks are ‘needed more than ever but donations are significantly down at this time’. The fund raising project is called Thirst Aid and aims to reach £1,500. The brewery - which produces beers such as Keswick Gold, Keswick Bitter and Thirst Quencher - also offers a click and collect and a delivery service.

KIRKBY LONSDALE. Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery and its tap house The Royal Barn are offering a home delivery service of its own-brand beers and gin range and Kircabi Roasters coffee beans, by van, bike or by foot. ‘It’s important to rally together and support each other during these uncertain times, so we hope that this home delivery option might at least help bring a smile to some faces,’ says owner Stu Taylor.

LINDAL-IN-FURNESS. Wax Lyrical. The home fragrance company (scented candles and reed diffusers) has turned production lines to making thousands of bottles of hand and surface sanitisers. ‘Our priority is to supply the sanitiser products to the National Health Service, care homes, hospices and pharmacies, starting with our local communities in Cumbria and Lancashire. Further supply will then be available to the public,’ says the company which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Kirkstile Inn

LOWESWATER. Kirkstile Inn. With its wonderful location and range of beers from Cumbrian Ales, you won't need much of an excuse to visit the Kirkstile when life is back to normal. Until then you can order beer online - Loweswater Gold, Champion Golden Ale of Britain at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival 2011, Esthwaite Bitter, Langdale, Buttermere Beauty included - and then collect it from the inn.

MILNTHORPE. 24/7 Taxis. The taxi firm operates in the Milnthorpe, Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale areas. Craig, one of its drivers, is offering a free motorcycle collection/delivery service for prescriptions and urgent packages, to help those who need medication etc but are having to stay at home. ‘If it’s urgent, but you’re stuck because of isolation, give us a call,’ he says. The number to ring is 015395 63405 or 01539 758015.

MONKHILL. Drover’s Rest Inn. From April 21, the pub near Carlisle ( has been offering takeaway draught beer and cider. Bring clean containers and check the Facebook page for opening times and other details. The pub also has a beer shop called The Beer Haul.

PENRITH/CARLISLE. Cranstons.  The well known family company is offering a click and car park collection service, a ’crisis service for those self-isolating’. It asks anyone who isn’t self-isolating to use its food halls at either Penrith, Carlisle, Orton Grange near Carlisle or Brampton. Check the website below for instructions on how to use the service. Fresh meat, pies, cooked meats and salads, fruit and vegetables, milk, bread, butter and eggs are all available. Collection is from one of three food halls (Penrith, Orton Grange, Brampton).

J&J Graham

PENRITH. J&J Graham.The fine food deli and artisan baker, established in 1793 and housed in one of Penrith’s most handsome and recognisable buildings, is offering a ‘call and collect service’. Customers should make their selection from the website and then call 01768 862281. Ordered goods are then available to pick up from a place in front of the shop. Call when you arrive. A reference number is provided.

PENRITH. Penrith Chamber of Trade. The chamber has a very useful guide to local businesses offering services during the crisis. The list includes restaurants and cafés offering takeaway and/or delivery service, shops offering delivery options and support helplines. The website tells you when the information was last updated.

PENRITH. Pringle and Fairweather. Makers of natural skincare products, Pringle and Fairweather made, wrapped and packed hundreds of its hand balms for a charity organised by the Duchess of York. The balms went to nurses and carers ‘to help heal their hands after using so much of that harsh alcohol hand wash’. The small business produces soaps, body scrubs, handcare, bath soaks, moisturising oils, lip balms and more. ‘Every product is made from scratch by us, wrapped, hand labelled and every order placed by you is packed and dispatched by us’.

PENRITH. Traybakes (cakes and bakes) is offering Traybakes at cost price for the duration of the epidemic to NHS Trusts, care homes, police forces, postal and delivery companies and welfare charities. ‘We want to help our frontline workers,’ says the firm. The firm’s products include salted caramel brownies, all butter flapjacks, granola bars, dark chocolate brownies, sharing slices and service trays.

POOLEY BRIDGE. Chestnut House. The off-licence, food, drink and outdoor clothing store is offering a delivery service to support as many people as possible in local villages (nice little videos on Facebook showing With a van loaned free by Appleby-based Eden Commercials Van Sales, deliveries include meat from Low Howgill Butchers and Deli in Appleby, fruit and vegetables from Stephenson’s of Appleby, Traybakes in Penrith and Lakeland Mues. And if you like gin and beer the shop says it stocks 400 different gins and 70 Cumbrian ales.

SEDBERGH. Bath House, the fragrance and skincare company has switched its perfume-making facility to production of hand sanitiser, ‘sending it free to vulnerable groups in our community and selling online to help customers’. Over 3,000 free sanitisers have been sent out so far to hospitals, care homes and medical centres all over the country: the Westmorland General in Kendal, Penrith Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, for instance, plus places in Huddersfield, Liverpool, Lancaster, Bradford, Sheffield, Harlow and so on. Bath House was founded in Sedbergh in 1997 and since opening its first boutique in Kirkby Lonsdale in 2003 has added six more, three in Cumbria - Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Sedbergh.

SEDBERGH. The Black Bull. Head chef Nina Matsunaga is making a range of breads (sourdough, wholemeal and rye) which people can buy two days a week (Tuesday and Saturday) from Powell’s greengrocers in Sedbergh. All the money raised from the sales will go to the Sedbergh United Charities Fund, to help those in need during the crisis. The pub is also making ready meals to deliver to people working in hospitals and care homes, and is raising money to help with the costs ( ‘Sedbergh is all about community, a community that has wholeheartedly supported my businesses and in turn my family,’ says Nina, one of CODE Hospitality’s ‘100 most influential women in hospitality’ for 2020.

SEDBERGH. Laura’s Loom. Laura Rosenzweig has pledged 10% of all sales this year of her lovely own-designed range of scarves, throws and comforting blankets, to the Cumbria Community Foundation ‘which helps isolated and vulnerable groups across the whole of Cumbria’. And as a thank you for supporting her small business at this time she is offering 20% off almost everything. Enter STAYHOME at checkout.

SEDBERGH. Ollie Collie. The business which ‘designs and creates products inspired by life in the countryside with our Border collie’ is raising money for the charity Young Minds from the sales of its Rainbow Ollie Charity Collection of mugs and coasters. It’s doing this through Work for Good which ‘makes it easy for small businesses to donate to charity through their sales, and publicise their giving’.

SHAP. Shap Chippy. The much loved, award winning fish and chip shop - ‘Shappiness is fish and chips’ - offers both a delivery service and a click and collect service. For delivery, people have the choice of going to the website ( or downloading an App. There’s excellent daily information on the chippy’s Facebook page. ‘Supporting small, local businesses is going to be more important than ever. And we have so many great ones in our area,’ say the owners ( Shap Chippy is also bringing its ‘shiny brand new, all singing all dancing, mobile fish and chip van’ to local villages on a weekly basis (

STAVELEY. Pure Lakes Skincare is donating 50 of the firm’s ultra-moisturising hand balms to its local NHS ‘to help soothe hands, no doubt raw from washing’ and offering all NHS workers a 20% discount on any order placed with a given code. A free full size hand balm is being donated to the NHS with any online order, no matter how small. The firm is also donating 2% of all online sales (4% if customers write the phrase YOUNGCARER at checkout) to two children’s charities: the Honeypot Children’s Charity and West Cumbria Young Carers. ‘During lockdown both charities are staying in touch with thousands of children, sending them respite parcels and school books,’ says Pure Lakes.

STAVELEY. Superlove. How to keep manufacturing in a lockdown? Staveley based Superlove rose to the challenge by introducing flexible shifts and redesigning its factory to include socially distanced layouts. It also bought extra machines for the sewing and pressing team, in case any of its machinists needed to be at home. The company makes clothing and sleeping bags - from superfine Merino wool - for babies, toddlers and young children. It also produces a multi-use Merino wool snood which can be used as a lightweight breathable face covering, with between one and four layers.

THRELKELD. Carvetii Coffee Roasters. Each and every time someone places an order for coffee or tea on Carvetii’s website, it’ll make donation of free coffee to a nominated coffee shop, one that already serves Carvetii coffee. ‘It’s a small gesture but we think working together in these difficult times is going to be essential,’ says the firm.

THRELKELD. Grapevine. Part of Caterite Food and Wineservice (see Embleton), Grapevine offers a ‘click and collect’ service from its site at Threlkeld near Keswick. There’s plenty of choice - 700 wines, 500 spirits, 100 beers and lagers, 35 ciders and 150 soft drinks.


ULVERSTON. Gillam’s (tearoom and shop) is offering a delivery service of groceries and household items throughout south Lakeland and Furness. Items include fresh bread, yeast and flour, vegan food, boxes of organic vegetables, eco-cleaning products, wines and real ales and more than 100 varieties of tea and coffees.

ULVERSTON. Oxley Group. Specialists in LED lighting, night vision lighting and electronic component supplies, the company has responded to the crisis by designing and manufacturing face protection visors, to support frontline health workers in the NHS and the care sector. Staff have created an assembly line to produce 800 of them a week. They’ll be delivered - free - to hospitals, care homes and hospices across Cumbria and Lancashire.

ULVERSTON. Photographer Daryn Davies is raising money for St Mary's Hospice in the town by selling his photographic prints for a minimum donation of £5. ‘If you can help this fabulous cause please message me,’ he says.

ULVERSTON. Shed 1 Distillery. ‘From Gin to Gel’. The company produces small batch craft gin ‘classically distilled with a contemporary style’ and has won a number of Great Taste Awards. It’s now also producing hand sanitiser, after being approached by St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston. Through public crowdfunding and donations from local businesses, Shed 1 Distillery has raised over £6,500. All the money goes to buy ingredients, with the sanitiser then gifted to charities, community organisations, medical centres and schools across Cumbria. ‘We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and we’ll continue to make it for as long as we have funds,’ says the firm. So far it has gifted over 4,000 bottles.

ULVERSTON. Sir John Barrow Monument - the Hoad Monument - which overlooks the town is being lit in blue, in support of the NHS.

ULVERSTON. Ulverston Town Council

NEAR ULVERSTON. Dodgson Wood, a diversified part of Nibthwaite Grange Farm, is offering soap, facial oil and hand salve to front line hospital staff. It’s also offering a 20% discount on its breed specific wool over the next few weeks ‘if you're self-isolating and like a bit of knitting or want to start’.

UNTHANK. Upfront Arts Venue. Thousands of protective face shields for frontline workers are being made by a collaboration between Upfront Arts Venue at Unthank near Penrith (, Jon Stynes Design ( and Creative Joinery and Design (, both in Brampton. They’re being sent to NHS hospitals, care homes and ambulance staff all over the country, with 250 ‘Super Hero’ face protection visors also delivered to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London. ‘We’re designer/makers and production managers, used to working in the theatre and exhibition building industry, but have turned our experience towards helping in this time of national need,’ says John Parkinson at Upfront. Crowd funding aims to raise £10,000 to fund the project.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill

WARWICK BRIDGE. Warwick Bridge Corn Mill. Just when you thought flour was in short supply, this restored, Grade II* listed, 19th century corn mill near Carlisle started to produce (towards the end of April) stone ground, wholemeal wheat flour. A number of local outlets are stocking the flour so check the website for details, and for the great story of the mill’s restoration. The waterwheel last turned over 30 years ago.

WINDERMERE. McClures. The family run catering supplier is offering a call and collect service - for groceries, fruit and vegetables, wines and spirits, frozen and chilled goods and non-food items - and also a local delivery service. ‘Click and deliver’ is available for those living in or near Windermere, and delivery hubs are in Cartmel, Kendal, Ulverston, Broughton-in-Furness and Ravenglass, with different days of the week and times detailed on the McClures website. You can also phone customer service on 015394 42636. There are special offers on food and drink as well.

WINDERMERE. The Mountain Goat Tour Company. Established in 1972, the guided tour company ( is sending out postcards of Lakeland scenes, to try and cheer people up. ‘Do you know someone who might be feeling a bit lonely during this lockdown and might appreciate a postcard from the Lake District,’ it asks. ‘Private message us with their details and we will send them a handwritten note’. The company has also posted a blog with ‘tips on keeping positive during lockdown’. See

WINDERMERE/ULVERSTON. The Northern Line. The homeware, gifts and art shop has designed a special edition A4 print on behalf of the Ulverston Self Isolation Group. ‘Sales of the print will go directly to help support the work that it’s doing, and help ensure that vulnerable people throughout Ulverston and the surrounding areas can continue to access all of the services. For some this is as fundamental as being able to receive a hot meal, or have a phone chat with a friendly volunteer,’ says the shop.

WINDERMERE. THULINE. The artist Thuline De Cock who specialises in animal paintings ‘with a twist’ (The Jumble Room restaurant in Grasmere has a number on its walls) is offering 10% off all canvas paintings, with 25% of the sales price then being donated to NHS charities. She is also selling face masks - with animal portraits - for £10 each. ‘Ditch the clinical look and have a fun face mask,’ as she says.

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