The story so far - a word from our founder

Grandfather in law, Frank Walker (Wuky) hiking in the mountains, photo given to Lake District Mobility

This all began from a visit to my grandfather. Having read an inspiring story in the Trail Magazine, about Debbie North, who had completed the Coast to Coast in an 'all-terrain' vehicle, he told me that he’d love to get up to the mountains one more time. The seed was planted.

‘Anyone with limited mobility should have access to the outdoors.’

  • In October 2015 My friend Ruth, who has experience in overseas community development, inspired me to research my idea. I found out that there are many sites around England with all-terrain vehicles, but very little opportunities in Cumbria and the surrounding areas.

I started to make contacts, from Councillors, Copeland Disability Forum, Whinlatter Forest Park and at The Calvert Trust. All along the way people encouraged me saying that this kind of service was required in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Upon discovering Countryside Mobility based in the South West of England, who provide an off road mobility scooter hire scheme, I felt that this was the type of service model that I was looking for.

The next turning point was meeting Duncan and Yvonne Booth, Founders of '10 in 10'. Not only did Yvonne share their story, but she has continued to support the charity.

  • In October 2016 I took my concept to Cumbria Voluntary Services, who agreed to work with me to set up the charity.

  • In November 2016 Lake District Mobility formed a board of Trustees, Ruth Kurkal (Founding Trustees), Anna Scamans and Adrian Jones and on December 14th, 2016 we submitted an application for charity status to the Charity Commission.

  • In April 2017 we gained Charity Status, Registered Charity Number 1172739.

  • In January 19th 2018 we received a large donation from a private donor who had also used Countryside Mobility scheme and knew what benefits it would bring to our area.

  • In February 2018 we also received three donations from Allerdale County Council, The Lake District National Park and Kings Church Cockermouth.

  • In April 2018 Chris Macleod agreed to become Lake District Mobility's fourth Trustee.

  • On May 2nd Lake District Mobility was launched in Whinlatter Forest (our first site).

  • On May 8th, we moved into our new office, Age UK, 93 Main street, Cockermouth. This was through Partnership of Age UK.

  • In June 2018 we gained our experienced Volunteer Charity Administrator, Karen Smith and in December, started as our second employed staff as Charity Administrator.

  • In Jun 2018 we gained an amazing charity volunteer, Suzanne Meghan.

  • In Nov 2018 Trella Javanainen was welcomed to our team as a vital site auditor.

  • In Jan 2019 Start partnership with North York Moors National Park.

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped and encouraged, especially my parents who have given me an invaluable background in business and all the people that know all the big words you need to know in this professional world I'm attempting to surf on behalf of God.

To Murray my husband, apart from God, you encourage me and support me to be everything that I am today. Thank you Muz.

It takes a village to raise a child and I believe a community to start a charity. This is so true for ours.

- Julia Walker, Founder

I am inspired by Julia’s passion for the project and wholeheartedly support her.
— Yvonne Booth, 10 in 10 Founder