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English Lakes Hotels, Resorts & Venues is marking its 60th anniversary by launching a search to find Cumbria and North Lancashire’s community heroes.The family-run hotel group wants people from across the region to nominate anyone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.
Sixty champions will be chosen to commemorate the 60 years English Lakes has been in business. Since its launch in 1952, the company has risen from owning just one hotel in the Lake District to become one of the region’s leading hotel and leisure groups with six individual properties.
Each of the winners will be invited to a ‘Grand Garden Party’ which will be held on the lawns at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina on the shores of Windermere on September 2.
Simon Berry, managing director of English Lakes, says: “2012 is a landmark year for us and we want to celebrate our anniversary year with some of the unsung heroes who help to make this region so special. We want to invite these people who make Cumbria and North Lancashire a better place to live, work and visit.
“In our diamond anniversary year we’d like to pay tribute to them and all the work they do by hosting a big celebration in true English style at the very first hotel we purchased 60 years ago.”
English Lakes are looking for individuals who give up their spare time to help others. Nominees could run youth groups or coach local youngsters, help protect the environment or look after elderly residents.
They may be people who raise vital funds for local charities or organise key community events.
Judges will select 60 community heroes who will be the star guests at the Grand Garden Party. The event will be a traditional English affair complete with tea, scones and strawberries on the lawns which overlook Windermere.
The Berry family’s hotel and leisure business began 60 years ago with the purchase of their first hotel the Low Wood.
The company, which is owned and run by Simon and Tim Berry and their two cousins, now consists of six unique properties – Low Wood Bay, and Waterhead, near Ambleside, Storrs Hall, The Wild Boar, near Windermere, Lancaster House, by the university in Lancaster and the famous Midland hotel in Morecambe.
The company has grown to be a major contributor to the local economy – now employing more than 450 staff, it has a turnover of £16.0 million and welcomed 140,000 guests across its range of properties last financial year.
Its future plans include a new conference centre that would create a further 30 jobs. English Lakes has recently obtained planning permission for this important development at Low Wood Bay for a world class business facility from across the country for conferences, exhibitions, product launches and even concerts.
Anyone wishing to nominate a community hero should send the details to English Lakes Hotels outlining in no more than 200 words why this person deserves to win. Include their name, age and your contact details.
Nominations can be sent by mail or email to the following addresses:
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues
Low Wood Bay
The deadline for entries is July 27.